Admittedly, I'd never seen its like before.
There in the forest, this bright yellow plant--its tendrils reaching up through the forest floor--looked akin to some coral I'd seen while diving in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
This is when having a wildlife biologist sister comes in handy. She informed me (after looking at the picture I'd sent) that it was Yellow Stagshorn--a type of fungi (not edible), and that is was uncommon. More research told me it was also found in Europe, and one can only wonder if it came over centuries ago or always native.
Yes, a strange find growing in the forests of Upstate New York.
But then again, it is Painted Post.