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October 30, 2014

Ginkgo trees and Henry Clay in Kentucky

After the Ginkgo was brought to North America about two hundred years ago, Henry Clay is believed to be the first to re-introduce the species to central Kentucky.
More about this event in "The Ginkgo in America" by Peter del Tredici, Arnoldia, Harvard University
Photo: The largest Ginkgo tree in Ashland was planted after Henry Clay’s lifetime,  around the Civil War.  It has taken nearly 150 years for it to reach its current size.

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October 23, 2014

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival, Tokyo, Japan


 35th Annual Hachioji Ichou Festa  November 15-16, 2014.
(Ichou = Ginkgo)




History (from website Hachioji Ichou Festa):
"The Koshu Highway runs through Hachioji, lined for four kilometers with around 770 ginkgo trees from the Oiwake area to Takao Station. The trees decorate the area all year with different colors and looks. In autumn in particular, the ginkgo leaves turn bright gold, creating a beautiful scene for strolling amid the crisp air. In the c. 80 years since the ginkgo trees were planted, Hachioji has changed greatly. In just the last 30 years, some 23 universities and many housing developments have sprung up. The city's industries have evolved as well, and with them the lifestyle of its residents. Ichou Festa was established as a venue where those living along the Koshu Highway, longtime and newer residents of Hachioji at large, students, and all people young and old can interact and together enjoy the nature and culture of Hachioji. The festival aims to energize and broaden the city's development while enabling residents to participate in an array of activities and performances. Unlike many festivals, Ichou Festa was created and is run by the residents themselves, and offers a unique experience for all visitors and participants."

Video by Manuctv on YouTube:



More info/photos on website of  Hachioji Ichou Festa and  TimeOut.

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October 13, 2014

400-year-old Ginkgo tree in Japan


Great video of  400-year-old Ginkgo tree. Height 29.2 m, girth 5.43 m.
Location Nagaretani Hachiman Shrine,  Kawachinagano, Osaka prefecture, Japan.
Google map: 34.391688,135.590053

Video on YouTube by shirokumataiketsu.

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October 01, 2014

Parakeet in Ginkgo tree, Tokyo

Lovely photo of a parakeet in a Ginkgo tree in Tokyo, Japan.
Photo by Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani: ""When I first saw them I was afraid – I thought I was going to be attacked, like in Hitchcock's The Birds." The parrots were taken to Tokyo as pets in the 70s from tropical regions such as India and Sri Lanka, and the city's trees are now inhabited by feral parakeets. Mizutani photographed them mainly at night, when they would roost in local Ginkgo trees. Mizutani says, "I wanted people to know another side of Tokyo by photographing a surprising scene beautifully.""

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September 22, 2014

Black and white photo of Ginkgo in NYC

Black and white photography by Woody Campbell:
a Ginkgo tree, Park Avenue (originally known as Fourth Avenue) in New York City.
Woody is taking one photo a day for the rest of his life and puts them on his blog.

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September 14, 2014

Ginkgo petrified wood

Ginkgo petrified wood at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park / Wanapum Recreational Area, Vantage, Washington.
Petrified wood was discovered in the region in the early 1930s, which led to creation of the park as a national historic preserve. Over 50 species are found petrified at the site, including Ginkgo.
'During the Miocene epoch, around 15.5 million years ago, the region was lush and wet, home to many plant species now extinct. A number of these trees were buried in volcanic ash, and the organic matter in the tree trunks was gradually replaced by minerals in the groundwater; the resulting petrified wood was protected for millennia by flows of basalt. Near the end of the last ice age, the catastrophic Missoula Floods (about 15,000 BC) eroded the basalt, exposing some of the petrified wood.' Read more.
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September 05, 2014

Ginkgo fossil Jurassic

Wonderful photo by the Natural Sciences Department of  National Museum Cardiff, Wales:
"170 million year old Ginkgo fossil and one from our car park." Jurassic Ginkgo fossil.
More Ginkgo fossil info and photos on my website: Fossils-page.

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August 27, 2014

Male Ginkgo with female branch, Leiden

 
Ginkgo seeds (ovules) on tree of 1785 at Hortus botanicus Leiden, the Netherlands.
This Ginkgo is a male specimen, but it also produces ovules. This dates back to 1935 when a female branch was grafted onto the trunk.
I took this photo on June, 26.

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August 16, 2014

Scansoriopteryx dinosaur and Ginkgo



Drawing of Ginkgo branch with Scansoriopteryx heilmanni, one of the smallest dinosaurs (theropod), Upper Jurassic period (c. 150 million years ago), China. Ginkgo leaf form not correct, read my Fossils-page.
Drawing from 

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August 13, 2014

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New topic: The Ginkgo Tweets: 1500+ followers on Twitter! Thank you Ginkgo followers!!!

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August 07, 2014

Transplanting 750-year-old Yonggyeri Ginkgo, S. Korea


Spectacular video on YouTube by Daeji Development Co., Ltd, Seoul, of the transplanting of  a 750-year-old Ginkgo tree, Kyungbuk Ahndonggun Yonggyeri, South Korea. This Ginkgo tree is 31 m in height, girth 14 m and is one of the biggest of South Korea, National monument no.175.
The transplant is listed in the Guinness World Records register in 2013.

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Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* Two new supersized photos on my Photospecial page: Ginkgo tree Hortus botanicus Leiden, 1785 + female branch.
* New topic: Video of transplanting 750-year-old Yonggyeri Ginkgo tree in South Korea.

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July 29, 2014

'The Thinker' by Rodin and Ginkgo tree



Statue 'The Thinker'  by Auguste Rodin in front of a Ginkgo tree.

Location: Garden of  the NMWA, National Museum of Western Art, Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan.
Photo: Myau Myau's photo gallery

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July 21, 2014

Aerial view on Ginkgo trees, Japan


Aerial view on Ginkgo trees in Japan.
Video on You Tube by 電動マルチコプター(multicopter)空撮(aerial shoot)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwNrTqTi6m8.

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July 14, 2014

Nature printing of Ginkgo biloba, 1859


Natuurzelfdruk - Nature printing of Ginkgo biloba, 1859-1862.

Leiden University, the Netherlands.
Photo by Cor Kwant.

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