A fistful of fungi...
...for fun on the Fourth. Thought I'd post this here because I figure there's a few fungi fanciers on this forum. Alright, enough with the alliteration.
Commonly called Dead Man's Fingers for obvious reasons its botanical name is Xylaria (grows on wood) polymorpha (many shapes). Sometimes stubby, other times slender, sometimes with "finger nails" sometimes not, it always gives me a kick when I see it pop up. This is growing on an apple tree log I used to make a bit a berm with.
Have a happy Fourth...and stay cool...but not stone cold.
Here is a link that might be useful: Fun Fungi Facts