Yesterday I spotted these unusual mushrooms under a tree in Belmont:
I've just gone through my four mushroom guidebooks and I can't identify them, although they might belong to the genus Hydnellum. My guides would be more useful to me if they were categorized according to the adjectives I use for describing mushrooms, like "disgusting," "gooey," and "gross."
As I study these photographs, I think these could be said to resemble a poorly shaped caramel-pecan sticky roll with their lightly browned coloring and gooey, gross, disgusting interior. They did not look remotely appetizing in person.