The brilliant orange of this mushroom fades to a beautiful creamy white below the ground. It is a member of the Stinkhorn family, although there was no odor being emitted while I took its picture. Thank goodness because the description of the odors from these fungi range from fresh dog poop to that of a very ripe cadaver. Oh, joy. Oh, rapture. The Latin name of this particular mushroom is Pseudocolus Fusiformis, just in case you were wondering.
I watched as flies darted to it landing gently on its "tentacles" in their effort to help it spread its spores about my yard. Nothing like the smell of death or dog poop to draw a fly in, huh? Bleah.
But, it was a fascinating find and I am grateful my camera battery was in full charge so that I could share it with you.
So, if you ever look out your window and see a brilliant orange claw poking up out of the ground, it may well be this little beauty. Go out and admire it, just don't get your nose too close.