Out walking during a brief warm spell (above 0 F) the other day, I found an almost perfect mushroom attached to a pine tree.
I know nothing about fungi and can hardly put common names to even two kinds of them, but this one intrigued me because of its perfect shape. Has it been there all winter — surely not, or it would have been torn up by animals climbing over it, or broken branches falling onto it. If it was of relatively recent origin, can fungi actually produce such a large reproductive structure at extremely low temperatures? I leave it to the readers (and New Hampshire Gardener, in particular) to provide us with insights.