Last moon, while scouting for mushrooms, I walked right past this sizable, fleshy fruiting body growing at the base of a large Oak (Quercus sp.). Luckily, Jenny was with me, and she didn't miss it.
"Whoa! Josh, check that out," she exclaimed.
"Now that's a mushroom," I replied as I doubled back along the trail.
Minutes later, we shared our find with a mother and daughter (and their friendly canine companion) who were out for an afternoon ramble.
Back at home, I consulted my nature library and some online resources and found a name for this brain-like mass: Sparassis spathulata (syn. S. herbstii and S. caroliniense) or commonly the Eastern Cauliflower Mushroom. Have you ever bumped into one of these?
For identification details, visit MushroomExpert.com.