38 - year - old ginkgo leaf
195 - year - old ginkgo leaf
The great Goethe also admired the ginkgo, and preserved yet today in the Goethe Museum in Düsseldorf are the above leaves that he himself dried and attached to his love poem "Ginkgo biloba" in 1815. Of the unusual bi - lobed leaves, Goethe has written:
This leaf from a tree in the East . . .
Does it represent One living creature
Which has divided itself?
Or are these Two, which have decided,
That they should be as One?
Wolfgang Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Prolific German writer, poet, scientist, botanist, and philosopher
Archived posts for further reading:
29 November 2009: Ginkgo Biloba
3 December 2009: Willow and Ginkgo
AND ON MY LITERARY BLOG . . .
NEW FORTNIGHTLY POST TODAY!
Thursday, October 14th
"Capturing the Ginkgo Light" (Eleanor Estes, Eve Merriam, Leonard Orr, Arthur Sze)