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February 25, 2015

Ginkgo on Japanese scene painting Edo period

Autumn trees and grasses by a stream.

渓流春秋草木図屏風

To the left, golden Ginkgo leaves shimmer in the late afternoon light with bold red and white maple leaves. 

This painted Japanese scene immortalises a view of life: a flow in the river, growth in the trees, colour and movement that expresses transient joy.

Six-panel folding screen, ink, color, gold and silver on paper. Rimpa school. Japan, Edo-period.  Late 17th–early 18th century.

Picture and enlargement: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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February 18, 2015

Giant Ginkgo c. 1300, Shobo-ji Temple, Japan



Giant old Ginkgo tree (c. 1300) growing at Iwadono Kannon (Shobo-ji) Temple, Japan.

Video on YouTube by Takapy1974.

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February 09, 2015

Rhamphorhynchus on Ginkgo, Jurassic


Rhamphorhynchus (Beak Snout) on Ginkgo tree branch, Jurassic period.
It is a nocturnal pterosaur, a flying reptile, probably eating fish. It is closely related to dinosaurs.

Picture by Heinrich Harder.

Rhamphorhynchus in action:




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February 03, 2015

Ginkgo Tsutsuga Temple, Japan



Beautiful video of an ancient Ginkgo tree, c. 1,200 years old,  Tsutsuga Temple, Hiroshima area in Japan.

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January 28, 2015

Snow covered Ginkgo tree

Beautiful photo of huge Ginkgo tree during snowfall in Lynn, Massachusetts. 
Click here to see an enlargement on my website.

This photo was sent to me by David Lent, thank you!

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January 21, 2015

200th anniversary Goethe poem "Ginkgo biloba"


 Poem "Ginkgo biloba" by Goethe (enlargement on my website).

200 years ago Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, botanist and philosopher, dedicated the poem "Ginkgo biloba" to Marianne von Willemer. He sent her a Ginkgo leaf. On September 15, 1815 he read his draft of the poem to her and  friends.
On September 23, 1815 he saw Marianne for the last time. Then he showed her the Ginkgo tree in the garden of the castle in Heidelberg from which tree he took the two leaves pasted by him on the poem.
The Ginkgo leaf symbolizes Goethe's theme, one and double. 

More info and translations of the famous poem on my website.

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January 18, 2015

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Added: Asteroid Ginkgo to Name-page.
* New topic: Asteroid Ginkgo.

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January 09, 2015

Fireman's coat with Ginkgo leaves, Edo period


Reversible fireman's coat (hikeshibanten) with interlocking circles, Chinese characters (kanji) and Ginkgo leaves.
Japan, late Edo period-early Meiji period, 19th century.

Costumes; outerwear. Freehand paste-resist dyeing (tsutsugaki) and hand-painted pigment on plain-weave cotton, cotton thread quilting (sashiko), 35 1/4 x 47 1/2 in. (89.54 x 120.65 cm).

Collection Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Photo: Wikimedia commons.

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December 28, 2014

Asteroid 85197 is named Ginkgo


Asteroid 85197 (1991 TG5) is named Ginkgo after the Ginkgo biloba tree. It is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 5, 1991 by F. Borngen and L. D. Schmadel of the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory at Tautenburg, Germany. 
Read more on Wikipedia and on this site by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
 
Ron Baalke pointed me to this asteroid on my Twitter. Ginkgo made its closest approach to Earth on December 24, 2014:



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December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas - Happy 2015

I wish all visitors of this forum-blog, my website The Ginkgo Pages ,YouTube channel and Twitter

***** Merry Christmas - Happy 2015 *****
Greetings - Cor Kwant

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December 19, 2014

Big Ginkgo tree in Kobe, Japan


Big Ginkgo tree in Kobe, Japan. Said to be 500 years old, height 36 m, girth 11.2 m. Natural monument.
Mizuho, Iiyama-shi, Nagano Prefecture. 

Video of this Ginkgo by haruyuki onoue:



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December 18, 2014

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New supersized photo + video on my Photospecial page: 4 Ginkgo trees, planted c. 1882, Strasbourg in France.  

* Added new photo of female tree: leaves fall before the seeds.

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December 10, 2014

Ginkgo trees at Deoksu Palace, Seoul

Ginkgo trees in fall colours in a street - commonly known as stonewall street - close to Deoksugung  (Deoksu Palace), one of the "Five Grand Palaces"  in Seoul, Korea. 
This street, less than 1 kilometer,  is lined with Gingko trees on both sides.

Photo: Chosun news.

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December 06, 2014

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: Contributions by Peter del Tredici, Harvard University.
* New topic: Story about the Ginkgo at Hellekis manor, Kinnekulle, Sweden.

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December 04, 2014

Ladybird on Ginkgo leaf


Ladybird on Ginkgo leaf.

This wonderful picture was taken at a water reservoir close to the castle in Herrenhausen Gardens near Hanover, Germany.

Photo sent to me by Ginkgo-friend Wieland Haak, thanks!

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