We've had good rains this week and it's warm, so the various fungi digesting their way through my yard are pushing up fruiting bodies. Patricia at Morning Martini posted an interesting variety of "stinkhorn" fungi a few days ago. Mine is a different, better behaved variety called, octopus stinkhorn (Clathrus columnatus) or deadman's fingers.
The different stinkhorns use putrid scents to attract spore spreading carrion loving insects. The smell is really bad and you usually find stinkhorns with your nose long before you spot the actual fungi. These deadman's fingers seem to be common in decomposing mulch materials like wood chips and leaves. This means they often show up uninvited along paths and walkways where they really aren't appreciated. This one is along the short walk up to my porch and it's stink zone is about 20 feet to either side of the 'shroom. Not good.
So I'll stand about 22 feet away from it and direct you as you pull it from the ground and toss it in the woods.