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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

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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

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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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May 05, 2018

Butterflies on Ginkgo leaves


Wei Tianxin, a college student in East China's Shandong province, paints colorful butterflies on Ginkgo leaves.

She paints on leaves to enable more people to know about the wonderful insect world and raise their awareness to protect animals.

More large photos here.

Photo: ChinaDaily.com

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April 30, 2018

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo on Photospecial page: My Ginkgo seedling.

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April 16, 2018

Composition "Ginkgo Fantasie" inspired by Goethe



Dohun Lee composed „Ginkgo Fantasie“ (2017), inspired by the poem "Ginkgo biloba" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


Susanne Kessel, piano
Steinway-Haus Frankfurt
March10, 2018


More info and translations of Goethe's famous poem on my website.

and on this blog:

Ginkgo leaves unfolding and Goethe's poem

Goethe's Ginkgo poem: rap version

200th anniversary Goethe poem "Ginkgo biloba"

 

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March 13, 2018

Ginkgo trees Beijing Ditan Park



Ginkgo trees in the northern part of central Beijing: 
location Ditan Park, Lama Temple (Yonghe Gong) close to the Confucius Temple. 
Lama Temple is famous for the statue of  the Buddha Maitreya. It was built in 1530 during the Ming dynasty.

Video on YouTube.

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February 20, 2018

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photo of guitar made of Ginkgo wood on Wood-page.
 
* Added Hugo Boss on Art-page: fashion.
 
* New photo on Photospecial page: Huge Ginkgo tree in fall, c. 1856, Anduze in France.

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February 14, 2018

Ginkgo fashion by Hugo Boss



Fashion fall/winter 2017: Ginkgo leaf print by Hugo Boss.
Colourful and black and white geometric designs.


Photos: Hugo Boss

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January 30, 2018

Inazawa Ginkgo Yellow Leaves Festival, Japan



November-December 2017: Inazawa Ginkgo Yellow Leaves Festival - Sobue Icho Koyo Matsuri - held in Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.


Sobua has over 10,000 Ginkgo (Icho) trees, some are over 200 years old. Particularly worth seeing are the Ginkgo tunnels (illuminated by night) and the Ysenji Temple.

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Photo: Aichi-now.jp

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January 12, 2018

Ginkgo leaves art by Joanna Hedrick


Labyrinth created from Ginkgo leaves by Joanna Hedrick, counselor at the Sacramento State University Student Service Center.
Since 2013 she rakes the fallen Ginkgo leaves on the campus in the fall season to create pieces of environmental art. 
"The ginkgo is my favorite tree," says Hedrick. "I make the circles to replicate the rings of the trees in nature." 

Many more photos of her creations and info in an article in
My Modern Met.

Photo: Caffebook.it


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December 24, 2017

Ginkgo guitar made of Ginkgo wood



The Ginkgo Guitar

This guitar is made out of Ginkgo wood by Eugen Bruddler.

Eugen writes:
"Eugen's got a new guitar, and for the first time, he cut, sawed, grinded, shaped an polished it himself.. Ginkgo wood from Germany is really precious and rare. There are only a few old Ginkgo trees in Europe, on of them stood in the park of the Earl of Neipperg an was cut down by hurricane "Lothar" in 1999. The last remaining piece of that tree was used to build this instrument. A very special gift for christmas this year."

Video by Eugen Bruddler on YouTube

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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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