The interesting fungus is gone. I went out to get the paper yesterday and discovered that its top had disappeared and the stalk knocked over. It was completely hollow. So, today, I finally remembered to look it up. My Google search turned up a quite handy mushroom identifier. It’s a PDF and easy to use. In my amateur way, I identified the fungus as a Stinkhorn. You can read more here, if you’re so inclined. Here is the specific variety that I think was growing in my yard, appropriately named, by the way. Very interesting, this mushroom stuff. And, after reading about Stinkhorns, I am reminded again about how wonderful and ingenious Mother Nature is in regards to lifeforms reproducing themselves.