Wednesday Vignette: Golden Blanket

Ginkgo biloba trees — which have been around for 270 million years, have no living relatives, and can live individually for 3,000 years — lose all their leaves virtually at once, triggered by a hard frost and who knows what other signals echoing across vast millennia. The second of November this year, when I happened to visit the Path of Life in Windsor, Vermont, was that day for the young ginkgo straddling the lawn and the bramble swath above the Connecticut river.



“… the ginkgo trees
That stand along the walk drop all their leaves
In one consent, and neither to rain nor to wind
But as though to time alone: the golden and green
Leaves litter the lawn today, that yesterday
Had spread aloft their fluttering fans of light.” — Howard Nemerov, from “The Consent”

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  1. Ginkos are such gorgeous trees! Every autumn, I think there is no purer yellow than the fall color of Genko trees. I had no idea they lose all their leaves at once, but it makes sense now that you say it. All of a sudden, they are bare. A good reminder to take that photo when you see it. Wait another day and it might be a lost opportunity.

  2. These used to be a common street tree in the Santa Clara Valley. There was a sidewalk I used to walk down on my way to junior high school that would get so covered by ginkgo leaves that the pavement was no visible. I thought that if I did not need to turn off to go to school, I could follow the bright yellow sidewalk all the way to the Emerald City.

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