Last week I noticed a white shelf fungus had started growing on a hemlock stump. It was about 4 inches across. I didn't pay much attention because I "knew" that shelf fungi take a long time to grow. Not so! At the end of the week it had grown to 11 inches across!
I haven't been able to identify it exactly, but I like it just the same. Something else likes it, as well, and has been feeding on it. This week it hasn't grown any larger, but it is firmer to the touch and dents in the top are exuding a substance that looks like dark red jelly.
There's nothing significant about this. Just describing another interesting (to me) discovery in the woods.