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November 18, 2018

2018 Ginkgo trees in fall - The Ginkgo Tweets

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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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July 11, 2018

Waterdrops falling from Ginkgo leaves

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June 16, 2018

Jade carving and Ginkgo leaves


Chinese jade (Chinese: 玉 ) : "Autumn of Suzhou" by Yang Xi

The peace and tranquillity of the ancient water town of Suzhou is vividly depicted through the ginkgo tree leaves.


In China, jade has been a material of the highest value for over 8,000 years, prized for its beauty and magical properties. Jade carving is now being revived.
The breakthrough in jade design can be seen from artworks by Yang Xi, who is an expert in Suzhou-style jade carving.

After a jade culture exchange of four years, the British Museum purchased several contemporary jade artworks which are exhibited in its refurbished Sir Joseph Hotung Gallery and Alleyne Jade Gallery. 
Queen Elizabeth II attended the reopening ceremony of both galleries on November 8 last year.

Photos: Shine.cn

More photos of jade carving with Ginkgo design here.


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June 06, 2018

Nikolaus Jacquin - Salisburia adiantifolia - Ginkgo biloba


Salisburia adiantifolia. Mas. (Ginkgo biloba) 
1819, Vienna
Four leaves, male flowers, keyed flower parts and pollen. 
Engraving, hand-colored, paper.
Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Dutch botanist 
+ title page Ueber den Ginkgo



Nikolaus von Jacquin

 More on my website: Where-page - Vienna

Picture and enlargements: Google Arts and Culture



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May 12, 2018

Project Fossil Atmospheres and Ginkgo leaves

Project Fossil Atmospheres



The project Fossil Atmospheres is about how the cells of leaves on ginkgos have changed over time, and to learn more about the ancient atmosphere of the Earth.

The first species of Ginkgo evolved in the Permian, before the dinosaurs, survived three mass extinctions, and one species is still living today. It is an ideal plant to study because it can provide a record from 300 million years ago through to the present. 





By comparing the stomata of fossilized and modern ginkgo leaves, researchers and citizen scientists hope to understand how ginkgo leaves have already changed and how they may change in the future. There have been many different species of Ginkgo, but they all belong to one genus and the leaves are recognizably similar in all the different species.


Fossil Atmospheres is a Smithsonian Institution citizen science project from the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Also involved are citizen scientists in the process of collecting stomatal index measurements with the Zooniverse platform.



This ginkgo grove at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland, is part of the experiment.
15 Ginkgo biloba trees are growing in open-topped chambers in natural field conditions, under modern & futuristic CO2: 400, 600, 800 and 1000 ppm.



Video by SmithsonianSERC on YouTube.

Read more:
Fossil Atmosphere blog
My website: History- and Fossils-pages.

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