An unusual mushroom – Fluted Black Elfin Saddle!

Cece Case recently spotted this odd-looking mushroom, a Fluted Black Elfin Saddle, Helvella lacunosa.

Fluted Black Elfin Saddle by Cece Case

It's said to be edible when cooked, but I've never tried it. I prefer just to admire this ugly duckling of the fungi world wherever it flowers.

Thanks to Cece for allowing me to share her photo with you here.