After the Forest Mystery (yesterday) I continued on my way bearing north. Just before coming upon a known established trail I came across these all fairly close to each other. What a reward for me after stumbling around in the forest for such a long time with nothing to show for it except a collection of pointy pine needles and irritating burrs on my socks and in my boots. All of these are about the size of a small dinner plate and very firm rather than soft and fleshy.
This species is like wood when you feel it. I have a small brush I use to brush off the pine needles and forest debris when actually out searching for mushrooms and fungi to photograph but didn't have it along with me on this day and only my point and click camera for picture taking.
This one had that branch firmly in it's grip and there was no removing it without damaging the fungi or at the very least leaving a tell-tale mark behind so best leave things as they are.
This one looks like it is fresh out from the oven doesn't it?
Once on the trail below this spot I stood there for a long while trying to firmly implant in my mind where I was knowing all I have to do is go up the slope about 30 yards or so to find these again after the first rains this winter with tripod and DSLR in hand.
I think I can.