36 responses

  1. I wonder how long it’s taken all those insects and fungi and bacteria to break the tree down this far. A fitting nursery indeed for all manner of life. 🙂

    December 1, 2012 at 9:11 am

    • Wow…who could even guess, Chillbrook…but it sure is wonderful to behold in its current state….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  2. Excellent shot!

    December 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    • Thank you, Iliana….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  3. New life from old–one of nature’s wonderful constants. The ideal form of recycling.

    December 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • Yes, indeed, Gary…new life from old….

      December 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

  4. Very well spotted, Scott

    December 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • Thank you, Andy.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

  5. Me? I get reminded of the iconic scene from Alien.

    But the shot is nice.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    • Ah yes “bursting out of the womb”, and may I add I was pregnant when I first saw the movie!

      December 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

      • So . . . in comparison, giving birth is not as bad?

        Obviously, I don’t know. I’m not partial to either.

        December 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    • Reminded more of that than Dionysus being born from Zeus’s leg? I’m surprised, Emilio…. But thank you. 😉

      December 4, 2012 at 6:49 am

      • I ain’t as learnied as I appear . . . that, or recent cultural references take precedence to ancient ones.

        December 4, 2012 at 6:52 am

  6. This one is special because it looks like the old trunk is hugging the infant tree. I’ve never seen that. All the young ones I’ve seen have been growing on top of the old trunk. Very lovely capture, Scott.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    • Thank you, Gunta…I thought it was special.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

  7. Something precious Scott…. like a shell opening to reveal a pearl….and lovely detail in your shot.

    December 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    • Thank you very much, John.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:51 am

  8. It is always wonderful to see that, isn’t it! The renewal of nature is amazing, and comforting.

    December 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    • It sure is, Terry…part of the marvel of visiting out there…amazing and comforting, indeed.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:51 am

  9. Beautiful! there’s a story there…

    December 2, 2012 at 4:18 am

    • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros….and I think you’re right, there is a story there…..

      December 4, 2012 at 6:52 am

  10. In the book “Forest Forensics” author Tom Wessels calls these “nurse logs” for obvious reasons. I don’t see many of them in the woods and when I do there is always some reason i can’t get a decent picture of it.

    December 2, 2012 at 6:10 am

    • I had never heard that term before, Allen…but it sure makes sense…. I have seen plenty of saplings tucked next to old trunks, but I think this might be the first one I’ve found where they were actually growing out of it.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

  11. Stunning!

    December 2, 2012 at 9:08 am

    • Thank you, Bonnie. 🙂

      December 4, 2012 at 6:54 am

  12. These logs support a lot of life, I always smile when I see a scene like this.

    December 2, 2012 at 11:30 am

    • I think it’s kind of funny, Gary…I had seen Allen’s comment above about the logs being called “nurse logs,” and then stumbled across your blog and a similar post of yours, also titled “Nurse Log.” What a beautiful world we share…. Thank you for being here.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

  13. Great title – it’s all protected in there and being nurtured. Beautiful photograph, Scott.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…another one of those “first thought” situations…seemed to fit very well.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:56 am

  14. Another great title, and a terrific shot! Is this stump as huge as it appears in the photograph?

    December 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    • Thank you, Melanie…and I think the stump is probably between four and feet tall.

      December 4, 2012 at 6:59 am

  15. Scott, I just love the texture in the tree. It’s huge and beautiful in all it’s decay.

    December 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

    • Thank you, Naomi…I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

      December 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm

  16. victoriaaphotography

    Great shot, Scott.
    New life in a dead container. Looks to be an enormous old tree trunk.

    December 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    • Thank you, Victoria…and that’s exactly what it is.

      December 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

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