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January 10, 2019

Old Ginkgo and concert in Korea: Gyeongju Ungok Seowon



Gyeongju Ungok Seowon (Confucian academy) in South Korea. 

Local artists perform a concert near an old Ginkgo when its golden leaves fall in November. Many tourists come to visit this place.

More info and video on my blog post of January 25, 2017.

More photos here and here

Video on YouTube.

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December 22, 2018

Ginkgo tree in Madrid, Spain



Wonderful Ginkgo biloba tree in fall, Parque de la Fuente del Berro, Madrid in Spain.
This tree was planted c. 1930.

Read more about this tree and park here.

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December 14, 2018

Merry Christmas - Happy 2019


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

  Merry Christmas
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  Happy 2019

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Cor Kwant

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December 07, 2018

Huge Ginkgo leaves pictures created by street cleaners


China: A sunbird created with fallen Ginkgo leaves by street cleaners in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on December 4, 2018.
It took the workers two hours to craft this wonderful image.



The workers create a new picture from fallen Ginkgo leaves every three days.



Enlargement and more pictures:  China Plus

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November 18, 2018

2018 Ginkgo trees in fall - The Ginkgo Tweets

Visit my Twitter account The Ginkgo Tweets to view many photos/videos/news about the Ginkgo in fall, for instance:













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November 10, 2018

Ginkgo grove - Blandy Experimental Farm Virginia - 2



Ginkgo grove during fall at the State Arboretum University of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm.

More info on my blogpost of April 27, 2016



Video by Winchester Aerial on YouTube.
Picture: Blandy Experimental Farm.
 
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November 05, 2018

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: Long-term stable refugia for relict plant species in East Asia.
 
* New photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo reflections, Hortus botanicus Leiden.

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October 24, 2018

Kangxi dish with ginkgo and eagle

Famille verte 'birthday' dish with an eagle on ginkgo branch


Kangxi six-character mark in underglaze blue

Diameter 25.4 cm.

Series of ‘birthday’ dishes made for Kangxi sixtieth birthday celebrations (1713).

Picture and more info: Emperorsantique 

 

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October 12, 2018

Ginkgo trees Baiyan Temple, Jinxing


90 Ancient Ginkgo trees at Baiyan (White Rock) Temple, located in Jinxing Township, Dayi County, Sichuan in China, more than 60 kilometers from Chengdu. 

The Ginkgo trees were planted by monks during the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644), possibly even earlier. Most famous is the legendary and millennia old "nine children Ginkgo", meaning that one Ginkgo tree turned into nine Ginkgo trees...

The temple was built under a huge white rock, that’s how it gained its name. It is said to be constructed in the 16th year Eastern Han Dynasty and is the only Tibetan Buddhist temple near Chengdu.
The Ginkgo trees scenery attracts many visitors.


Photos: Sohu.com + Discover Sichuan.com

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September 22, 2018

Google Doodle with Ginkgo leaves Autumn 2018


Google searchengine shows a doodle "Fall Equinox 2018".
You can see its larger format here.

Even a video by Schmorbsal on YouTube:




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September 12, 2018

Ginkgo leaves drawing


Ginkgo leaves (and seeds) drawing by Kathleen Birnbaum.
Botanical illustration. Ink on paper.
Stippling pen and ink on paper...up to 4000 dots per square inch on acid free heavy weight drawing paper.

Picture: Saatchi Art

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August 25, 2018

Ancient Bodaiji Ginkgo Okayama, Japan


The enormous Bodaiji Ginkgo tree is situated on the mountain side of Nagi National Park on the grounds of temple Bodaiji. It is a natural monument and a symbol of Okayama in Japan.

Legend has it that the Buddhist reformer Hōnen planted this tree in the first half of the 12th century when he began his initiation as a monk. The tree is said to have sprouted from a staff he stuck in the ground. 
During the Edo period (1603–1868) a heavy snowfall bowed a large branch to the ground, allowing chichi to take root and eventually form a new trunk.
It is now c. 40 m tall, 13 m wide and has many aerial roots (chichi).

Location: 1532 Kōen, Nagi, Katsuta-gun, Okayama Prefecture, 708-1307.

Some videos of this giant Ginkgo tree:


Video by NHK Okayama Video Club on YouTube.



Video by Re&Lin 8m2-film on YouTube.

More: Another video taken by a drone on YouTube.

Photo: geihoku.exblog.jp

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August 07, 2018

'A-Bomb' Ginkgo trees still grow in Hiroshima

 'A-Bomb' Ginkgo trees still grow in Hiroshima


“A lot of trees are resilient, but ginkgo seems particularly so, Sir Peter Crane, former dean of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, tells Inverse, but the thing you have to remember is that there’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story and that is it very nearly went extinct.

Roughly 2.5 million years ago, glaciation had killed off nearly all the different ginkgo lineages, only a handful remained in the forests of central China.  Later the ginkgo spread again around the world with a little help from humans.  In Japan, the evolutionary toughness of these “living fossils” was tested again.

They survived the great Kanto earthquake of 1923 due to their resistance to fire: while all the other trees died, the ginkgoes slowly begun to grow again. Roughly 16,000 ginkgo trees were planted in Japan later on and some in Hiroshima.

In August 1945, Hiroshima’s ginkgo trees were in full leaf. When the bomb hit the branches were stripped away, leaving the outer bark completely scorched.  Somewhere underneath the destruction a tiny cylinder of “living cells” had to have survived,  its cell tissues created a compartment that was immune to destruction.
The ginkgo trees at Hiroshima all stand within 2,200 meters of the center of the blast. They were exposed to massive amounts of radiation and black rain. But after being exposed to the most stressful soil conditions in the history of the planet, the trees survived.  
"That’s the power of the ginkgo story.""

Read more on my Hiroshima-page.
Also interesting on my News-page: Gymnosperms on the Edge.

Read full article here: Inverse.com


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July 22, 2018

Old Ginkgo protected in a "vase ", Palais Campofranco, Italy



This old Ginkgo tree in Bolzano (Bozen), capital city of South Tyrol in northern Italy, is the heart of a restoration project of the Palais Campofranco. Princess Sissi donated this tree to Bolzano in about 1850.
To protect this natural monument a "vase" is constructed around the tree.

Video:






Another video of the project in La Stampa: click here.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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July 16, 2018

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

 * New topic: Gymnosperms on the Edge.



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