Nurse Log in the Air

photo by Ballard Avenue

Schmitz Preserve Park is a little smidgen of more-or-less old growth forest in the city. Here a tree has fallen and it becomes a nurse log, providing a good home for seedlings.

But look! The log spans a small gulley and all those seedlings are growing five feet in the air! Someday the log will rot and collapse under the weight of the young trees growing out of it. Quelle horreur!