Dick LeRoy shares: While conducting monthly water quality sampling at Booker T. Washington National Monument the morning of September 8th, four BRFAL members came across this Star Trek-looking substance on a log near the stream.
It was about 5 inches across and 2 inches thick in the middle, with the consistency of a firm jelly.
After gently prodding it and verifying that it was not an animal, at least not a responsive one, we took a few photos and went on our way. It seems that we had encountered a jelly fungus, perhaps Dacrymyces palmatus (Orange Jelly) based on an internet search.
Believe it or not, it is considered to be edible. (No, we didn’t try it!)
Calling all mycologists, care to share your i.d.?