My daughter found this mushroom (at least, I assume it’s a mushroom) while we were picking out our Christmas tree.
Here’s another look.
I can’t figure out what it is. Russula brevipes? Doesn’t seem quite right.
But in trying to figure it out, I did enjoy browsing this U.S. Forest Service “Field Guide to Common Macrofungi in Eastern Forests and Their Ecosystem Functions” [pdf] and this University of Wisconsin, Green Bay guide to Biodiversity of Macrofungi in Northern Door County, WI. Even a casual glance through these guides is a great reminder of how weirdly interesting fungi are — and, for me, how little I know about them.
So if anyone knows what the fungus pictured above is, please let me know! It came from a spot very near the coast of the Narragansett Bay.