Friday, December 10, 2021

The Ginkos

 Just a few weeks ago, the Ginko trees were changing color. I like to post them every year. They are living fossils, having survived the Jurrasic period and existing unchanged for 270 million years. 


This is a fossil of a ginko leaf, from millions of years ago.


They can grow for thousands of years. There is one in China that is 3,500 years old.


Four Ginkos survived the Hiroshima bombing. They were charred, but still live today.

You can tell them by their fan shaped leaves. Ginkos have no relatives, they are one of a kind.



We can learn a lot from trees: they're always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.

~Terri Guillemets


18 comments:

Nancy Chan said...

It is beautiful. It looks like a golden tree. Interesting information of the ginko trees. I like the quote by Terri Guillemets.

Hootin' Anni said...

I knew of the trees, but didn't realize they have survived for eons.

Brenda said...

What beautiful trees, I love all of creation and it is a fool who says 'There is no God'. God bless.

Sandi said...

beautiful yellow!

crafty cat corner said...

Wow Ginny I've never seen these tress before, so beautiful.
Briony
x

Ann said...

So incredibly beautiful.

George said...

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and the fascinating information about these trees.

MadSnapper said...

finally something that has not been destroyed or messed with to make it better, by humans. it is stunning and is the color of JOY...

Chatty Crone said...

I love the Ginko trees - we have one in the neighborhood! I had no idea the history - very interesting - thanks for sharing!

Jenny the Pirate said...

There are many of these growing in Columbia ... my daughter Erica was exclaiming about their beauty to me just the other day. She saved a leaf, she was so taken with its shape and color. I believe in the Genesis account of a young earth, but no matter how old these are, they are among the most lovely of God's creation. Your pictures are wonderful! xoxo

Rose said...

I love them...have always found them sort of fascinating.

DeniseinVA said...

Fabulous photos Ginny! I have always been fascinated with the Ginko tree and thank you for all the interesting facts. Amazing to think it has been around for that long! Enjoyed the quote also.

The Feminine Energy said...

How fascinating... and beautiful... Ginny. Just like you!!!! ~Andrea xoxoxo

DawnTreader said...

Wow, they're amazing!

L. D. said...

It is a beautiful tree with a great designed leaf.

Mari said...

They are such amazing trees! I really like the shape of the leaves.

CheerfulMonk said...

Thanks for the pictures and the education. They're beautiful as well as impressive.

Great-Granny Grandma said...

What a beautiful tree. I never knew all those details about them. Thanks for sharing their history.

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