15 responses to “Natural Stumpery”

  1. arlee

    In a Python-esque mood today: “Give me your stumperies!” I miss these, though we do get a few in Calgary and the mountains, due to the 2013 flood.

  2. Bonnie

    Fascinating history thank you Daniel I swiped this picture too. Will make an interesting desktop.

  3. David W. Eickhoff

    Wonderful! A micro-habitat in it’s own right. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Hollis Marriott

    Neat post, thanks. I hope I spot one myself.

  5. Scott Dilatush

    My kind of photo. Thanks Daniel. If one were to traverse the Intercoastal Waterway in Virginia, near the border of North Carolina, one would see many natural stumperies . The best ones are far from shore. It was a real thrill to paddle around these to check out what sort of life decided to grow or hang out on these landscaped little islands. At times there will be a large snake coiled up on one of these in the winter.

  6. lynn

    Interesting! I didn’t know the history of stumperies. I saw a nice one this past Spring at Heronswood, but I missed the one at Rhododendron Species Garden, which I also visited in the Spring. I’ll go back and look for it. While the larger plants may not reach reproductive maturity, I’d say they add to the environment nonetheless – something aesthetic, obviously, and much more biologically.
    It looks like you had some nice overcast light to photograph it in – I think it would be hard to parse out all that’s going on here if you’d photographed it in bright sunlight. I’m always happy when BPOTD takes a few liberties with what might be expected here. Thanks!

  7. LMK Johnson

    A beautiful perk to coastal living!

  8. Wendy

    The whole exercise reminds me overwhelmingly of a film shown in fourth grade where a huge stump was dissected and all the plants and insects and amphibians and reptiles were teased out to show the incredible diversity of life supported by one old broken down Douglas fir. A favorite film of mine and never yet forgotten.

  9. Samantha

    Interesting commentary and gorgeous photography. I”d love a large photo like this on my office wall!

  10. Jane

    Glad to learn of such a thing as stumpery because I’ve always wanted to lead a hike at the local nature preserve focused on stumps. Just never thought it would be of interest to enough folks. Stumps contain a whole world of plants and animals and always fascinating. Natural stumpery, here we come!!

  11. Daryl

    Not exactly stumpery, but similar aerial gardens can grow to considerable size in the living candelabra Cedars of the west coast.

  12. Susanne

    Is today “Day of the Mosses” or something? I had a facebook post from MoBot (Missouri Botanical Garden) this morning about their herbarium collection and stumpery garden this morning already 🙂

  13. Mike Bush

    Working in Florida, I would often see odd assemblies of vascular plants growing in the native Cabbage Palm’s (Sabal palmetto) decaying leaf bases, or in a similar fashion in old date palm (Phoenix spp.).

    I tended to refer to these as “accidental epiphytes”.

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