One day in France, my s-i-l came in, told me to bring my phone and come with her. She wouldn’t tell me what the surprise was. A short distance after we entered the forest, she pointed and I saw immediately what she’d seen, a mushroom looking like a gigantic spider!
Having searched for some time before posting this, I believe this is a stinky squid mushroom. They look to me like charred red peppers, although you wouldn’t want to eat one. My s-i-l said they’re rare and, yes, stinky, although flies love them. Evidently something else loved them, as the next day it was gone. We did, however, find a few others, rather startling in a world of mostly browns, greens, and whites. This one was a good hand span in width.