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December 16, 2017

Merry Christmas - Happy 2018


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Wishing all visitors of my forum-blog, website The Ginkgo Pages , YouTube channel and Twitter 

Peace and Happiness at Christmas
 and throughout 2018,

Cor Kwant

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December 14, 2017

Shinto ritual Oikemono and Ginkgo seeds



A Shinto ritual at Kamo Shrine "Oikemono", Kamo Shrine in Kamo district of Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.

Oikemono is a very rare Shinto ritual (Oikemono" means "things to bury") which has been held every year continuously since 1,000 years ago. It is a divination of crop prospects for the year, which is by putting some seeds, also Ginnan (Ginkgo) seeds,  into a wooden box and checking how the seeds have germinated digging up a year later. All of these seeds used to be valuable foods which people could get in everyday life in ancient times.


This event is held every January 16th in the lunar calendar.
The ritual lasted two hours; the result was that they would have a good crop again this year.

Photo: genjapan.com
Video by Gen Japan on YouTube.

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December 07, 2017

The great Ginkgo leaf dump


The University of New Hampshire in Durham has about a dozen Ginkgo trees growing on its campus.
For more than 40 years, students have placed their bets, guessing when the leaves on the specimen outside James Hall will let loose. The winner receives a free pizza.
Tradition has it that if you catch a Ginkgo leaf as it floats to earth, you'll have good luck.



A few years ago, Serita Frey, a soil microbiologist and a professor at the university, became curious about whether there was data documenting the ginkgo-dump day over the years:  
 " I found a piece of paper with handwriting on it that some secretary back in 1977 started, and that someone from the department had been adding to every year,” she said. “I put all that information in a spreadsheet, and I’ve been updating that graph every year since.”
The graph revealed that the Ginkgo-dump day had been sliding forward over the ensuing decades. Every decade, the Ginkgo tree loses its leaves an average of three days later than it had 10 years prior. When the James Hall Ginkgo dumped its leaves this Thursday, November 9, it was the second-latest that the tree had ever hit the autumn milestone."

The Atlantic had a nice story about it – where this quote come from. You should read it right here.

Video: The great Ginkgo leaf dump is here:




Video by Breaking News Politics on YouTube.
Photos: UNH 

On my website: 
Ginkgo rain: leaves all fall at the same time.

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November 25, 2017

Ginkgo trees Villa Gandini, Formigine


Two giant Ginkgo biloba trees in the historical part of Parco della Resistenza of Villa Gandini, Formigine (Modena), Italy.
Planted c. 1870.

360° video of these beautiful trees:

Formigine, Villa Gandini, Ginko biloba, autunno, 360

 
Photo: visitformigine.it
Video: Frizio Annovi on Flickr.com

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November 14, 2017

Look: Ginkgo on my twitter in fall

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November 10, 2017

Ginkgo Guanyin Temple, Xi'an, tourist attraction

photo: Sohu.com

A 1,400-year-old Ginkgo tree on the grounds of the Guanyin Temple in Luohandong village in the city of Xi'an, Shaanxi Province in China has become such a hot tourist attraction that visitors must make online reservations before visiting. It suddenly gained fame in 2016 because of photos on the internet of the tree's "sea of gold" autumn foliage.

photo: Sina.com.cn

As it gained more attention, visitors flooded in to see the tree for themselves. 70,000 people a day visited during the peak season, and some had to queue for three to four hours to get in.
The temple has introduced a limit of 7,200 visitors a day, from Oct. 28 to Dec. 10 and opens at 8 in the morning and closes at 5.


video by 微博每日熱門搬運 on YouTube

The temple was built in 628 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and is located 30 kilometers from downtown Xi'an. 
It is said that Emperor Taizong Li Shimin personally planted this Ginkgo tree.


video by ChinaTVNews on YouTube

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November 05, 2017

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photos of Aachen (Germany) + Tongeren and Maaseik (Belgium) on Where-page.

 * New topic: Ginkgo trees on New York City Street Map.

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October 29, 2017

Ginkgo leaves and seeds made from crepe paper



How to make your own crepe paper Ginkgo leaves and seeds?
Watch this video with instructions.

Materials used: 
- Crepe paper 140gsm 
- Yellow and light green floral tape 
- Scissors, white glue, floral wire 
- Oil pastel, foam ball for craft.

Video by ABC TV on YouTube.

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October 04, 2017

Engelbert Kaempfer and Ginkgo in NHM

Tweet on Twitter by Jo Wilbraham, curator Natural History Museum, London:

NHM shows more data on its website and this image:


More info about Engelbert Kaempfer on my website:
here and here.

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September 18, 2017

Ginkgo leaves 2016 and a fossil leaf

Tweet on Twitter by Cardiff Curator (National Museum Wales):


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September 10, 2017

Botanical drawing of Ginkgo biloba


Botanical drawing of Ginkgo biloba by Takeko Yamamoto, from the 14th Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration (JABI) exhibition.

Picture: ASBA

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August 29, 2017

Ginkgo trees on New York City Street Map

21,611 Ginkgo trees are highlighted on the New York City Street Tree Map.
The New York City Street Tree Map is the world’s most accurate and detailed map of a city’s street trees. More about this project here.

New York City Parks about the Ginkgo trees in a tweet on Twitter of August 28:


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August 24, 2017

Cool down under an old Ginkgo tree



To cool down in summer it can be as simple as sitting underneath an old Ginkgo tree.
Rural district in China: Ginkgo tree said to be 2,000 years old.

Video by Zhong Zhi on YouTube.

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August 22, 2017

Eclipse in Connecticut and Ginkgo

Peter Del Tredici standing under a tree with pin-hole images of the sun adorning his Ginkgo T-shirt.

Partial eclipse of August 21 in Connecticut , the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

Photo sent to me by Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston.
Thanks!

 More photos of Ginkgo and eclipse on my Twitter.

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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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