The Ginkgo Tree
This particular tree I’ve photographed started life in Kelowna and has made its way to my backyard in the valley. In the fall these leaves turn a bright yellow. (The red you might see in some of the photos is a result of the shadows) I always thought they looked like little Taco shells.
Here is an article about this tree. I found it fascinating.
Millions of urban dwellers know the ginkgo primarily as a street tree, with elegant, fan-shaped leaves, foul-smelling fruits, and nuts prized for their reputed medicinal properties. But botanist Peter Crane sees the ginkgo as much more — an oddity in nature because it is a single species with no known living relatives; a living fossil that has been essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years; and an inspiring example of how humans can help a species survive. (This according to botanist Peter Crane)