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.
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
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
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