one of those aaaaggghhhh, a Cordyceps! moments. luckily I saw exactly where the rest of the fruit body and host were, and could dig it up and jury rig a shot back at the Ranch (so to speak).
Hugh Smith found a whole big grouping of these and thought that they were Clavariadelphus and didn’t pick any of ‘em! I wasn’t along for that foray, but saw the after the fact shots….so, sometimes these little suckers fool ya, no matter who you are.