Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Sleeping Turtles Preserve North, with Nurse Log

February 7, 2018

Another marshy area of the park sported this little nurse log, which supports a variety of new plant life. The Pacific Northwest is, I hear tell, known for major nurse-log activity. Lynn Wohlers (bluebrightly) photographed what she calls a “nursery stump” in that area recently (scroll down to the fifth photo in her blog post). “Nurse” and “nursery” appear to be interchangeable terms in descriptions of this phenomenon.

7 responses

  1. Nurse Log! What a wonderful term and notion. I also like the the small puddle beyond the log which looked like a mirror.


    February 7, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    • Isn’t that an interesting word and practice? I first heard it when my photographing friend Lynda murmured “nursery tree” when spotting a nurse log in another park we were visiting. Glad you like the puddle. I considered posting a crop that eliminated it, but decided I preferred this much context.


      February 7, 2018 at 9:59 AM

  2. Thanks for the “plug!” 🙂 Yes, sometimes nursery log, sometimes nurse log, sometimes it’s a stump….but I hadn’t remembered seeing them where you are, so this is very cool! The ordinariness of the plants growing on it makes me thing of the famous Durer etching of weeds, a longtime favorite of mine. If he were alive now, he could bend down and do a similar drawing of some of those plants.


    February 8, 2018 at 9:55 PM

    • You’re welcome; thanks for photographing a nursery stump. The Dürer connection is spot on. Thank you for enriching this post.

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      February 9, 2018 at 9:59 AM

      • My pleasure! Actually, I’d photograph many more if they weren’t so difficult to photograph. Because they’re surrounded by so many tall trees and undergrowth, it’s usually quite dark and crowded where I find them. A big challenge. I can’t tell you how many images of nurse logs & stumps I’ve deleted!

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        February 9, 2018 at 4:31 PM

  3. George Rogers

    Looks like a copter view of a tropical island. How many species on that little liferaft?


    February 10, 2018 at 7:13 AM

    • And then there are all the ones we can’t see (with the naked eye)! Thanks for writing, George.


      February 10, 2018 at 9:18 AM

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