Until I'm scolded to the contrary, I'm going to call these Reishi mushrooms, which used to have the scientific name Ganoderma lucidum
. The species is being split into many, due to dna and geography. These are growing from a hardwood stump in the pavement behind Stone's Public House, a haunted inn
, in Ashland Mass. The pub is a lovely old place, built in 1834 to take advantage of the new rail line through the little town. I'd love to return for a night visit to see if anything spooky happens.