What do you have to say about that? I had to look this up, as I had no idea what it was. I figured it was a fungus, growing in the decomposing forest floor. I Googled slimy pencil-shaped fungus, and discovered it was a stinkhorn mushroom. Ummmm, gross. I never knew such a thing existed.
The girls and I had fun poking it with a stick (isn't that scientific?) and moving on. Dreamer found this lovely tulip tree flower. I didn't have the urge to look up the specific name for it, but here it is. This made up for the scariness of the mushroom! ;)