Picture is below. It's rather big, so you should be able to get all up and personal with this. Hello! I live in the Reston area of Northern Virginia. I took this photo on February 27th of 2018. I never stopped to actually find out what this actually is. It was unseasonably warm in the area around then, and there were a lot of plants thinking it looked to be springy enough for their tastes. A marine biologist that is smarter than I am suggested this is a lichen, and then pointed me to your forums. The closest I can find so far is this walk through a nature reserve called Soesterduinen in the Netherlands with a "yellow sponge lichen," but when I search for this, I am finding absolutely nothing revelatory in regards to this particular organism. If you might so graciously indulge me: what IS this? I really don't know. It's beautiful! Your help and knowledge would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!