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August 20, 2017

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo on Photospecial page
female Ginkgo tree with seedlings, medieval Chateau de Bourdeilles, France.

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August 05, 2017

Hiroshima Ginkgo trees by Ariel Dorfman in The New York Times


"The whispering leaves of the Hiroshima Ginkgo trees" by Ariel Dorfman in The New York Times:

 "On Aug. 6, 1945, a 14-year-old schoolboy named Akihiro Takahashi was knocked unconscious by a deafening roar and a flash of blinding light. When he awoke, he found that he had been thrown many yards by the detonation of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima. He had survived......
I met Mr. Takahashi in 1984, when he was the director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.....“You must see the hibakujumoku, the survivor trees,” he said to me...... “You must see the ginkgos.”......
The ginkgo, I learned, was an expert in survival.......Within days of the explosion they had sprouted new greenery...The ginkgos, Mr. Takahashi said, expressed  the endurance of hope, the need for peace and reconciliation.....
Decades later, we purchased two specimens and paid to have them planted along the street we live on, and we persuaded the city forestry department to plant a third nearby.....I watered these miraculous trees every day and greeted them each morning......
Though our particular trees are safe, I am haunted by deeper, more ominous thoughts about how this great survivor now seems threatened by the depredations of modernity....
How paradoxical, how sad, how stupid, it would be if...... we did not understand that warning from the past, that call to the future, what the gentle leaves of the ginkgo trees are still trying to tell us."

Read full piece in The New York Times of August 4, 2017.

More info and photos of the Hiroshima Ginkgo trees on my website.

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July 24, 2017

China - Ginkgo 1,200 years old still thriving

Tourists link hands around an ancient Ginkgo tree in southeast China.
It is 1,200 years old, female and is still bearing seeds!

Location: Shanghang county, Fujian Province, Huajia village of Jiaoyang township.


Photos: Creativebloq.us

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July 10, 2017

Ginkgo leaf art by Ruby Silvious


Ginkgo leaf art by Ruby Silvious, recycle artist and graphic designer. She lives in upstate New York and has been turning discarded objects into art for many years.
Read more about her art in The Daily Gazette of April 21.

Image: Ruby Silvious blog

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June 25, 2017

Risky Ginkgo, Hibiya Park Tokyo

"Risky" Ginkgo tree at Hibiya Park in Tokyo, next to Matsumotoro Restaurant. It is one of the oldest parks in Japan.
The largest Ginkgo in this park is 400 or 500 years old, girth 7 m.
It is named "Risky" Ginkgo because it was to be cut down to make way for expansion of Hibiya Street in 1901.  But Seiroku Honda, the main designer of the park, wanted to relocate the tree even though he put his career at risk doing so. It took 25 days to move the tree 450 meters in the park. The Ginkgo survived.

Video about this "Risky" Ginkgo tree:



Photo: japan-tourist-guide
Video by SALON on YouTube

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June 11, 2017

Edgar Brandt buckle with Ginkgo leaves


Beautiful buckle with scarab and Ginkgo leaves by Edgar Brandt, c. 1905.
Made from silver, tinted glass, 6 x 7 cm.

More Ginkgo art by Edgar Brandt on my website: here and here.

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June 09, 2017

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo on Photospecial page: Raindrops on Ginkgo leaf.
 
* Added many stamps on my Art-page.
 
* Added 2 new photos on picture gallery Art-page: Dijsselhof - Kunst en Samenleving

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May 24, 2017

Stamp with Ginkgo leaf design, Japan

Stamp with Ginkgo leaves design and squirrel. 

Japan, stamp issued October 3, 2016  (part of stamp sheet "Autumn greetings"). Stamp designer Hoshiyama Ayaka.
This stamp is one of many stamps depicting Ginkgo that were sent to me by John Gray, thanks!

Many more stamps from different countries on my Art-page.

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May 14, 2017

Ginkgo botanical drawing by Mary E. Eaton in Addisonia


Ginkgo biloba botanical drawing (Plate 362, 1926) by Mary E. Eaton in Addisonia, colored illustrations and popular descriptions of plants, a journal published by the New York Botanical Garden (1916- (1964)).

Picture: Archive.org

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April 22, 2017

Study circle around the Ginkgo tree

Leiden Law School - Library: Study circle around the Ginkgo tree.

After the renovation of Kamerlingh Onnes Building, a birch tree was planted in the library. However, due to the poor growth conditions, this tree died. 
Then a Ginkgo tree was planted on the same place in 2007 and it is still alive!  
This happened with a symbolic act in which the farewell speech of  retired rector of Leiden University D.D. Breimer was buried between the roots of the Ginkgo.  
Meanwhile, the speech of his successor, Van der Heijden, has been buried there.

Another photo of this Ginkgo here

Story in Dutch here.
Photo: Leiden Law 

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April 08, 2017

Bird Jeholornis and Ginkgo, Cretaceous



bird Jeholornis in the morning light

It is eating the seeds of a fallen branch of the Ginkgo tree.
Jehol Group of early Cretaceous of China (Jiufotang formation, around 120 million years ago).

High resolution picture here.

Picture: Paleoart by Things with feathers

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March 29, 2017

Ginkgo seeds collection and processing, Japan



Ginkgo seeds collection and processing in fall.
The seeds are picked by hand or with a stick (shaking).
After that they are cleaned, washed and dried in the sun. 
Then they are packed for sale (vacuum sealed).

Location: Shizuoka Prefecture Shizuoka City, district Shimizu-cho Ihara, Japan.

Video by Ja-Shimizu.org on YouTube.

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March 17, 2017

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

 * New photo on Photospecial page: Pollen on male Ginkgo tree.
 
* New topic: Cretaceous fossil relative of Ginkgo discovered.

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March 08, 2017

Cretaceous fossil relative of Ginkgo discovered

An international team of paleontologists  have discovered a new extinct species of plant from the Early Cretaceous  that appears to be distantly related to living Ginkgo biloba. The fossils, named Umaltolepis mongoliensis, were collected from ancient peat deposits at the Tevshiin Govi lignite mine in the steppes of central Mongolia. 

Results of the research, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), are published in this week’s issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"The stems and leaves are similar to the Ginkgo tree, but the seeds, and especially the structures they are born in, are unlike any other known plant, living or extinct," says scientist Patrick Herendeen of the Chicago Botanic Garden, co-author of the PNAS paper. 
The seed-bearing structures are more comparable to those of certain extinct Peltaspermales and Umkomasiales.

Ginkgo may be the last survivor of a once highly diverse group of extinct plants, several of which show various degrees of ovule enclosure.  

Read more: 
PNAS  + supporting info
Chicago Botanic Garden + more photos 

More info about Ginkgo fossils on my website: Fossils-page.

Picture: Chicago Botanic Garden

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February 24, 2017

Ginkgo forest Hongcheon


Hongcheon forest,  43,000 sq.m, has around 2,000 Ginkgo trees.
Location Hongcheon, Gangwon-do Province, S. Korea. Open to the public in October.
It is a popular autumn attraction in Korea.



Video on YouTube.



Video YouTube.

Photo Korea Travel.

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