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May 30, 2010

Ginkgo Tree poem

Ginkgo poem by Chuck Puckett:

Ginkgo Tree

On Tuesday, I drove away in the morning.
The Ginkgo Tree stood in its full luminescence.
Did the sun shine through its delicate leaves
Or did it impart its own shine?
There is no more perfect autumn leaf,
No sweeter chalice for the colors of the fall.

Read full poem here.

May 22, 2010

Ginkgo trees to be planted in Kashmir

Botanical experts and Floriculture department in Jammu and Kashmir state, India, have undertaken the plantation of Ginkgo to save it from extinction there.
In order to preserve an old heritage tree, the Department of Floriculture has started propagation of this tree so that the rare species could be preserved. "To avoid extinction, we are planting more such trees in new areas after propagation so that we can see them living in future also," said Sarwar Naqash, director of Floriculture Department Kashmir.
Read more here.

May 15, 2010

Pair of doves in Ginkgo tree

Marilyn Koblenz writes:
"A pair of Mourning Doves chose to nest in the Ginkgo tree just outside our screened deck. They never faltered in their devotion to the task and we've been offered a rare glimpse into their world. "
Location: Glendale, Missouri.
Read more here.

May 03, 2010

Chinese painting on Ginkgo leaf

Zen shows this Chinese laminated Ginkgo leaf painting on and writes:

Top right: The second character in the four does not make sense in Japanese, but other three do: Water-X-Four-Seasons. It seems it is part of a series of 4 seasons of water. It is Summer and Rain (the two characters below the first four).

Bottom right: The real bottom one is the name of the painter: The first character is his/her Family name and it probably means tree, but abbreviated in post-revolutionary Chinese way, which is different from Japanese. Second and third are his/her given name. The second in Japanese means "wish fulfilled ." The third is again a post-revolutionary abbreviation and I do not know the meaning. The fourth means "Painted/Picture" indicating the person with the name of the three characters painted/drew this. The vertical 4 small characters and the horizontal 3 characters are not the same as the painter's name and written in more ancient, stylized characters and are difficult to decipher.

Bottom left: They seem to be the stamps of either artist or publisher, but I cannot decipher. The top two characters in the red stamps are (from the right) "to stretch" and "to obey" and the bottom left is similar to "silver."

May 01, 2010

Wedding couple and Ginkgo trees in Tokyo

This wedding couple photo was taken in Meiji Jingu outer garden,Tokyo, Japan.
The couple looks very happy under the tunnel of yellow Ginkgo leaves.
Photo Nov.20, 2009: Tokyo snap photo.