Tuesday, January 22, 2019

An assortment of nurse stumps

An old stump is a great spot for a growing sapling; it lifts it above the light-hogging mosses and ferns, it provides nutrients and good drainage.

Nurse stump with two trees, well established.

But some young trees are more ambitious. Here's one that chose a tall tree as a nurse stump:

There's plenty of sunlight up here! Tall snag with youngster, beside the Campbell River canyon.

Zooming 'way in: this young tree seems to be thriving up there, even in mid-winter. (And no, that's not a rabbit.)

And here are a couple of newborns, just getting settled in:

Evergreen on a nurse stump, a dozen and a half needles, about 2 inches tall.

Same stump, another seedling. Cute, isn't it?

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