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The Ginkos put on a show


ginkos san marino

Walking to the Huntington Library from the Gold Line train station last week (see my previous post), I saw this blaze of yellow up ahead.

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I couldn’t figure out what it could possibly be.

ginko trees san marino

When I got up close the leaves looked like Ginkos. When I got home I looked it up to make sure.

ginko trees san marino

I just didn’t know they turned this gorgeous yellow in the fall.

ginko trees san marino

Why haven’t I noticed them in previous years? Maybe the conditions have to be just right for such a brilliant display.

ginko trees san marino

Who says we don’t have seasons in Southern California?

ginko trees san marino

According to Wikipedia: Ginkgo biloba is a unique species of tree with no living relatives. The ginkgo is a living fossil, recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years. Native to China, the tree is widely cultivated and was introduced early to human history. It has various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

16 thoughts on “The Ginkos put on a show

  1. Hi Roslyn,
    My mom and I are members of the Huntington so if you want to go again, let me know. I can bring a guest.


    • Thanks, Cassandra, I appreciate it… I have a friend who lives close by who is also a member and sometimes we meet there… but I will definitely remember your offer if you feel like going sometime!


  2. True gold in these photos, Ros. I didn’t know about the ginko history, either. Thanks for the history lesson.


  3. I’m always discovering and learning something new… one of the reasons to have a blog!


  4. Wow! These are beautiful photographs!


  5. Wow – what a marvellous and gorgeous show they put on! Gorgeous pics!


  6. I have two gingkos in my yard now – I will miss them when I move (and likely look to plant one wherever I end up)!


  7. Sarah, maybe at least take some pressed leaves with you!


  8. I really enjoyed this post, Roslyn, and the spectacular gingko trees. We have them in northern Calif. too, and I love it in the fall when their leaves cover the ground. You will enjoy the spring too, when they are covered with buds. I hope you take this same walk in the spring, and see what I mean. 😀


  9. Beautiful shots ~ it is funny how we can take beauty for granted every day if we do not stop to notice. My friend has a place with an amazing view, and he said that he never admires it anymore because ‘it is always there’. Wish you a great December!


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