14 November 2013
I have a thing about gingko trees (see leaf, above). Did you know the gingko tree is a living fossil? They were on the earth at the time of the dinosaurs. Later, monks planted them around temples in Japan and China. This leaf comes from one of the three gingkos growing just south of the Baillieu Library at Melbourne uni, just near the entrance to the medical library. I used to always detour when walking through the campus to ensure i passed them. I have just been informed that other notable gingko specimens frame the entrance to the Old Geology building also at Melbourne Uni (must return), another is in the Geelong botanic Gardens, and a 200 year old specimen is in Kew Gardens in London (also, must return).
Gingko trees make me feel calm and inspired.