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July 27, 2009

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added many photos of Ginkgo pollen/seeds/ovule development .
* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in Japan (Kawara) and Germany (Schwerin).

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July 25, 2009

Ginkgo leaves: child's drawing

Lovely child's drawing on Ginkgo leaves.
Photo by noriyuki_kubota (Flickr).

July 23, 2009

Butterfly on Ginkgo

Beautiful photo of a Ginkgo with butterfly on a blog by Boriana Boeva.

July 21, 2009

Shelter competition: Ginkgo Nest




On the occasion of the exhibitions Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and Learning By Doing, the Guggenheim Museum New York and Google SketchUp invite amateur and professional designers from around the world to enter Design It: Shelter Competition.
- Design It: Shelter Competition opens up the project to you. If you could build a shelter anywhere in the world, where would it be? How would you design it to respond to the surrounding environment? -
From now until August 23, you can submit a 3-D shelter for any location in the world using Google SketchUp and Google Earth.

GINKGO NEST:

Designed by Andrew Stein
From: San Miguel, Argentina
Shelter location: Japan

The GINKGO NEST came about from three sources of inspiration.

The first was the beautiful GINKGO TREE. Its beautiful leaf shape and yellow color is often depicted in Art around the world. Originally found in China and often planted in Korea and Japan.
The second being the OCTAGRAM form. The octagram has significance in many cultures. In ancient Japanese warfare it is the symbol for Stronghold/ Castle (a fortified structure).
Third is the 12th century GUSUKU ramparts (now ruins and considered a UNESCO heritage site) in Okinawa, Japan. Made from blocks of local limestone.
Japan has variable climate and unpredictable showers. Being flexible to the weather is a factor in the design. Two button up screen walls allow lovely breezes in. However button up canvas walls can be used if the weather is rainy, windy or cold. The structure is isolated and excellent for escape and contemplation. Because of earthquakes cast in place reinforced concrete is used. Textured with local limestone and coral aggregate being sandblasted and exposed to create a sense of warmth. The window panes are textured glass to mimic the textured concrete. However large untextured windows invite great views. Local limestone and coral aggregate is used to emulate the Gusuku. Subtle images of the Ginkgo are used throughout to tie it all together .The structure grows up off the brow of the hillside. A cozy bowtie plan creates two areas. One area considered a Study area with a curved reading bench and book case beneath. The other area for Rest with a comfortable bed.
The name GINKGO NEST comes from the idea that two Ginkgo trees are embracing the structure (and vice versa) as any tree would cradle a nest.
The GINKGO NEST would be situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the city of Kumamoto, Japan. The Ginkgo tree is the official tree of the city of Kumamoto and the symbol of the University of Tokyo.

July 20, 2009

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photopage: Japan - Yamanashi prefecture: Minobusan - Temple Hongoku-Ji "OHATSUKI" tree (seed attached to leaf)
* New photo of Ohatsuki leaf: ovule (seed) grows on the leaf.

July 16, 2009

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added 3 new videos on my YouTube channel: Old Ginkgo tree in Japanese garden + Old Ginkgo tree in Anduze + Ginkgo ovules (seeds) in June - France.
* Added videos of Ginkgo tree(s) in Japanese garden in Anduze, France.

July 14, 2009

Old Ginkgo in Japanese garden

Huge male Ginkgo, 30 m, girth 4.88 m, c. 1856. I made this video in May 2009.
Location: Anduze (France), Japanese garden of La Bambouseraie Prafrance.

More videos I made of Ginkgo trees on my YouTube channel.
More info on my website The Ginkgo Pages: http://www.xs4all.nl/~kwanten/

July 12, 2009

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photo of Ginkgo tree(s) in Japanese garden in Anduze, France.
* New book by Arthur Sze on my Literature-page.
* Added photos in photo/videos section: Ginkgo trees at new Rooftop Sculpture Garden San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

July 10, 2009

Update of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Bartholdi with Statue of Liberty and Ginkgo tree.

July 09, 2009

Ginkgo rubber stamps

If you are looking for rubber stamps depicting Ginkgo leaves you can found them at Artneko.com .

July 07, 2009

Video: Ginkgo biloba, a tree that conquers time

A short film made by two Harvard students in history of science (video on YouTube):


July 04, 2009

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added video in videos section: Sculpture and Ginkgos at Kröller-Müller Museum, the Netherlands.
* Added 2 videos in videos section: "Ginkgo biloba: a tree that conquers time" made by two Harvard students + a poem "Ginkgo leaves in fall" by Ed Hiestand.
* New topic: 4,000 year-old ginkgo tree found in Guizhou, China

July 01, 2009

4,000 year-old Ginkgo found in Guizhou, China

"On June 28 (2009) ancient Ginkgo biloba trees were discovered in Tiantan village of Changshun County, Guizhou Province in China. There were two “ancestor” Ginkgo trees which were tightly surrounded by numerous “grandchildren” trees that vary greatly in thickness and height.
The locals say that this “living fossil” is full of vitality in the summer and can produce over 4,000 pounds of seeds each year. Home for many species of birds, these trees are regarded as sacred by villagers. Villagers from near and far travel to the trees to make wishes, give worship, and pray for favorable weather conditions.
The ancient Ginkgo is 16.8 meters (55.1 feet) in circumference, requiring the arm spans of 13 adults to encircle it. It is 50 meters (164 feet) tall, and the crown of the tree covers half an acre. According to forestry experts, the tree is over 4,000 years old and is nicknamed “Chinese Ginkgo King.”" Article is here.

Sohu Video - Beijing Television - China, June 30, 2009: