Because it’s the kind of guy I am, I want to come clean and admit publicly that I was wrong when I identified the dongle-doos on this tree (picture above) as lichen.
The Old Fart (my dad) was/is correct. I was wrong.
It is a fungi or mushroom.
Imagine that, a person admitting that the evidence at hand shows that the mind must be changed. Wow.
Score one for the Old Fart.