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December 30, 2005

Happy 2006!

I wish you and yours a happy 2006!

Painting by Atsuko Kato.

December 27, 2005

Ginkgo Golden Number

The golden number or ratio (phi) is an irrational number, approximately 1.618 033 988 749 894 848, that possesses many interesting properties. Shapes proportioned according to the golden ratio have long been considered aesthetically pleasing in Western cultures, and the golden ratio is still used frequently in art and design, suggesting a natural balance between symmetry and asymmetry. The knowledge of the Golden Number also existed in old cultures worldwide. i.e. Aztec, Egypt and Tiwanaku.
More info about the golden ratio can be read here.

Carlos Calvimontes Rojas sent me these pictures in which he shows the golden number in the leaf of Ginkgo biloba.
He has several websites about this subject in English and Spanish:
Geometry of the parabola according to the golden number and Geometria de los exapenta and Medidas Sumerias-Sumerian Measures and Puerta del sol de Tiwanaku.

December 24, 2005

A metallic Ginkgo Christmas

A silver Christmas decoration shaped as a Ginkgo leaf!

Ginkgo greetings: Merry Christmas

This is a big Ginkgo tree, still holding on to its fall colors, and lit with big white lanterns. This photo was taken in Vienna, Austria by Schlepp.

December 19, 2005

Ginkgo blogger in Missouri, USA

"As I parked near the steps at the Hill Street lot I noticed a big change: the ancient male ginkgo tree had shed every last leaf since I’d last been here just a few days ago. That rainy day must have taken those remaining leaves down. Now they carpeted the ground and the steps. The greens and yellows of these newly-fallen leaves made a most pleasing texture, a sight that will be dimmed and obscured by a few more fall rains. But now those leaves were pristine and almost seemed to glow richly in the fast-fading light. I quickly got out my camera and took several shots. I was lucky to have recorded a couple of well-focused shots; the rest were blurred: taking hand-held shots with long exposures is a matter of luck and taking multiple shots increases the odds that a few might turn out well. Here are the best two photographs; the first is of leaves on the concrete steps leading up to the lot and the second is a texture study of the leaves on one step."

This is one of the remarks Larry Ayers makes on his blog with many Ginkgo photos:
Larry Ayers weblog

December 15, 2005

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photo of planting ceremony at school garden in Loosbroek, the Netherlands.

December 14, 2005

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo-page: female tree showing the leaves fall before the seeds.

December 12, 2005

Ginkgo diary

On a German website by Sasis a diary is shown of the Ginkgo from seed to seedling. Many good photos give an impression of the process. Click on the photos to enlarge.

December 09, 2005

Nice Ginkgo girl

On a Japanese website (unfortunately I can't read Japanese) I saw this cute picture that you download in a huge format.
The image is here.

December 08, 2005

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in New York City and Washington D.C.

December 06, 2005

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: New theory about the spelling "Ginkgo".
According to Prof.Wolfgang Michel-Zaitsu of Kyushu University in Fukuoka-City, Japan, Kaempfer's linguistic information about the spelling "Ginkgo" is connected to the Kinmôzui, a pictorial dictionary from the 17th century. Read more about his theory here.

December 05, 2005

Ginkgo seeds usage

You have a wonderful web site, there is so much to explore, which I'm enjoying very much. I have been making my own tinctures from the leaves of the Gingko trees in my area. I would see Chinese people picking up the berries but never knew what they were good for. In the past few days I did a Google search and found out what the berries are good for.
A friend told me that the berries could kill you, so I asked a young Chinese fellow that runs his Mothers health food store, what are Gingko berries good for? He seemed to get excited and told me a number of things, including how to crack the nut to get at the seed. He also told me that if you eat 6 Gingko seeds a day you will live to 100 years old.

There are lots of Gingko trees here in New York City and I have been collecting all that I can carry. The first time that I removed the pulp in my sink with my bear hands the next day my hands felt very rough and a thin layer of skin started to peal off, so the next time I followed the advice and put on rubber gloves, which solved the problem. However, I think there must be something good that the pulp can be used for. I will go back to your web site and see if you have any information on what the pulp might be good for. If you can give me a lead I'd appreciate it. I'm very excited about the Gingko seeds. I've been eating 6 a day and added a few to my vegetables. I'm going to your web site and see what else I can find out.
Thanks for providing this information.

Topic sent by Ken, New York

December 04, 2005

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo photospecial page: Ginkgo near Capitol, Washington D.C.
* Added new photopage: old Ginkgo in Japan with chichi.

December 02, 2005

Ginkgo trees and Daruma in Japan

How to make papermachee dolls, with the painting of the important mountain of Chichibu, Mt. Bukoo, and the regional tree, the Ginkgo, and the regional bird, a swan. Take a look at this blog with loads of info and many links by Gabi Greve of the Daruma Museum Japan and read more about the Ginkgo, Daruma and Japan:click here

December 01, 2005

Ginkgo in container

I am really in love with this tree. It's so majestic. My wife and I just bought our 1st single family home, and I plan on having a ginko as a part of our family. I do have one issue though, our back yard will not support a 40 foot tree. With that, if i buy a 5 gallon tree, can I pot if for a few years. By that time we will have more space to put in ground. Anyone out there potting? Thanks for the help!
- Topic sent by Damonhines.

Updates of my homepage The Ginkgo Pages

* Added picture with Ginkgo Golden Number, sent to me by Carlos Calvimontes Rojas, thanks! Spanish version.
* Added photos of Ginkgo trees in Switzerland, Estonia and Canada.