Hericium is a genus of edible mushrooms in the Hericiaceae family. Species in this genus are white and fleshy and grow on dead or dying wood; fruiting bodies resemble a mass of fragile icicle-like spines that are suspended from either a branched.
We found this colorful coral fungus (Clavinopsis fusiformis or Clavaria fusiformis) growing on a mowed woodland path on our neighbor's property near Mars Hill in Madison Co. It is one of the fungi that are found in the southern Appalachians.
Don't even try to tell me this isn't a fairy village, because I will simply stick my fingers in my ears and refuse to hear you.---Ok, I'm not getting in the way of a girl and her fantasy ;) And yes this does look like a fairy village, very cool.