I went back for another look at this coral fungus. Some brainless yobbo had put the boot to both specimens.... that's what happens if it grows too near the path.... so I brought the broken bit home. See photo.
if the piece of the decomposing tree/log is movable, take it home and put it into the garden in a similiar lighting and moisture condition ;) or hope no other mushroom fanciers saw its location in the woods and go back next year at about the same time as you saw it. My inlaws used to have a few spots to go picking when they had the time. They went to the same spots every year for Chantrelles, Morels and a log that spawned a cluster of cauliflower mushrooms most years.
Paul Buikema, CHT, I.S.A. Certified Arborist. Certified Tree Risk Assessor, 2010 BCLNA Member of the Year Progress Landscaping