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August 20, 2015

Ginkgo tree of 1856 in Anduze, France


Beautiful Ginkgo tree of c. 1856 in Japanese garden of La Bambouseraie, Anduze, France.
Enlargement here.
Photo by Jean du Boisberranger.

I visited La Bambouseraie in Anduze some years ago and made photos and videos of this magnificent tree when still green:


You can see an enlargement of this photo and two videos on my website. Here is one video:



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August 14, 2015

Japanese print, 1811: Woman under maple and Ginkgo leaves


Woman under Maple and Ginkgo leaves.

「美しんあわせ」 紅葉の下に歩く美人


From the series Comparison of Beauties (Bijin awase).
Edo period, Japan, 1811 (Bunka 8), 8th month.
Artist: Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Japan.
Woodblock print - ink and color on paper.

Source and larger picture: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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August 07, 2015

Tom Phillips : A Humument + Iris Murdoch + Ginkgo leaves

A Humument Page 297 by Tom Phillips, 
2nd version,  with Ginkgo leaves

What is a Humument? More info and enlargement on my website, Art-page: click here.

From Tom Phillips's blogpost August 8, 2008:
"I am writing this in the nominal kitchen, an attic at the back overlooking a huge ginkgo tree which dominates the garden (a branch of which features in my portrait of Iris Murdoch). The smaller ginkgo seen here was planted in 1991 over my mother's ashes (for which, with the help of Jennifer Lee, I made a terracotta casket). "



Dame Iris Murdoch by Tom Phillips
with Ginkgo branch

Enlargement and more info on my website,
Art-page: click here.

Tom Phillips is an English artist whose work is fuelled by several persistent preoccupations, expressed through an even larger number of formats. These include painting (both figurative and abstract), opera (composer, librettist, set designer), concrete poetry and ornamental forms of writing, sculpture and site-specific designs (mosaic, tapestry, wire frame objects). He has also taken on several para-artistic roles – critic, curator, committee chairman for the Royal Academy, translator - all of which he has folded back into his art. More info here and here.

Photos courtesy Tom Phillips, thanks! 

Humument: image © Tom Phillips 2015
Iris Murdoch: image © Tom Phillips 1986

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August 04, 2015

A-bombed Ginkgo tree, Anraku-ji, Hiroshima



70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing, August 6, 2015.

A-bombed Ginkgo tree at Anraku-ji, Hiroshima, Japan, August 2014.
2160 m from the blast. The temple was restored in 1948. A hole was made in the roof to create space for the tree to grow. This Ginkgo has grown from a cutting taken from a 12th century tree at Zenpuku-ji Temple in Tokyo. The cutting was taken to Hiroshima during the Edo period.
 
More info on my website: History- and Hiroshima-page.

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August 03, 2015

Hachiman Ginkgo tree is a survivor!


The famous giant 1,000-year-old Ginkgo tree of Hachiman shrine, Kamakura in Japan broke down in 2010. It is the symbol of this shrine. 

 Now in July 2015 a new tree has grown from the original roots of this tree, a survivor!

Read full story on my blog here. 

 Photo courtesy @ritterkreuz032, thanks!

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