Wednesday, October 04, 2006

GINKGO


GINKGO
Originally uploaded by linfrye.
Fall seems to be slowly making an appearance here in piedmont North Carolina. The ginkgo trees that line the entry to the Arboretum are JUST beginning to turn. Today they're this yellow/green; in a few weeks, they'll be a brilliant gold.

Ginkgo is reputed to have healing properties for improving memory. For the Arboretum, these trees were donated in memory of my former secretary's husband ..... so for us, they serve as a 'different' kind of memory enhancer.

9 comments:

Renate said...

Beautiful! Ginkgo threes are very exotic for me :)

Teri C said...

I never see these either. They must an awesome sight when the whole tree puts on October colors. Very nicely done Lin.

Tami said...

Lin, I love the Ginkos, especially when all those beautiful golden -yellow leaves fall in a heap, like a skirt, around their ankles!

wagonized said...

Lin! These are gorgeous! And i know their shape isn't easy to capture.

Rachel Murphree said...

Beautiful leaves, Lin. One of my favorite shapes, and they look so hard to capture. I've never seen these on trees, just in artwork or in jewelry. Bet they're stunning. Congrats on the new car and wonderful birthday!

Jana Bouc said...

I love Ginko trees and wish I had one. Your composition and the painting of the leaves is so pretty! A friend lives on a street lined by old Ginkos and it's spectacular!

Terri said...

I knew what these were straight away without reading your text. Perfect Lin!

Lorraine said...

Oh me, they help with memory? Is there any way I can ingest them!!! I need all the memory help I can get. Is that where ginko biloba (spelling?) comes from:

A friend who works at the university here goes to the one big ginko tree on campus and picks the leaves every year and is just fascinated with them. My friend Gina carved one in her A.R.T. carving class. They seem to have caught on as a much loved image like pears did a few years ago.

Oh, almost forgot -- nice job!
Hugs, Lorraine

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Ginkgo leaves are shaped so beautifully. They are not falling at the moment in our Geelong Botanical Gardens but I managed to find a broken twig of them the other day. I've posted drawings of our strange looking tree on my blog on Geelong. The Dalai Llama visited our Peace Garden when he came to Geelong. Very appropriate.
W.