November 5, 2015

The ginkgo in late afternoon.

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Seen behind the law school yesterday. I wasn't the only one stopping to take a photograph.

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40 comments:

Static Ping said...

Very pretty and well done.

Bay Area Guy said...

Ahh, lovely picture -- makes me yearn for the old college days on campus.

Derp said...

Just a little bit of effort on that second one to move forward a pace or two would have cropped that building that adds nothing to the picture. Sure the picture would have been less true to your experience, but it would have improved it visually markedly. Omission is one of the great tools of the artist. None of it is real anyway. Didn't you read the blog post about the 16 year old instagram star? If they want real, let them go to Madison in the late autumn and wait to see a tree like that backlit by sunlight when the leaves are a perfect gold.

Go aheand and cover the building corner with a piece of paper, I'll wait...

If you had moved past the building corner, you would have gotten more tree too.

Bob said...

They're beautiful trees in the fall, aren't they? There's a mature one on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg that I happened to see once in fall foliage, it was magnificent.

mccullough said...

The maidenhair tree

traditionalguy said...

Very peaceful place. Thanks for the pics.

Fred Drinkwater said...

One of the joys of Japan in the fall, even Tokyo, is the many Ginko trees shading from green to bright yellow.

Fabi said...

Brilliant colors! I always enjoy your photography. Thank you!

Carol said...

Ehh, another tree that doesn't grow in Montana.

Unknown said...

We have a very old, very large female gingko next to the deck. It is a visually appealing sight now, but below, the ground is covered with the fruit, which smells very strongly of vomit. The dogs enjoy eating the fruit, and then throwing the seeds up in the house later.

CWJ said...

Late afternoon light is the best for experiencing autumn up close.

Original Mike said...

I need to get down on campus more.

My next door neighbor's ginkgoes lost their leaves about a week ago.

Meade said...

"Go aheand and cover the building corner with a piece of paper, I'll wait..."

Go ahead and wait.

paminwi said...

Professor: have you heard about this case from CA? Does the 9th Circuit hav any chance of having their decision upheld?

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426604/supreme-court-first-amendment-case-california

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/05/01/14-15978.pdf

Wilbur said...

A golf course is most beautiful in the light of late day.

Elliott A said...

There are 5 species of seed plants. Gingkos are the only remaining species of its group, the oldest living tree, unchanged since the dinosaurs nibbles on its leaves. And they are pretty in the fall!

Laslo Spatula said...

Love the photos, and appreciate the edge of the building in the corner: it adds a vital layer of depth, and positions you in the frame, not outside the frame.

I am Laslo.

Laslo Spatula said...

Crop the photo and it is a pretty tree. Uncropped, you realize you are in an area that surrounds the tree.

Adds a French word that I cannot spell.

I am Laslo.

Hagar said...

Ambience?

Laslo Spatula said...

Althouse has a great eye.

Until she uses that damned fish-eye lens.

I hate the fish-eye lens.

Leave the fish lens to the fish.


I am Laslo.

BN said...

Ok, despite your linguistic pedantry, and your lawyer know-it-all-ness (is there a word for that?), and your inability to decide if you're a conservative or a liberal, and... whatever else you do that annoys me... sometimes your whimsy is very endearing.

You're alright, perfesser.

God created trees. And he created humans to create buildings.

It's a beautiful thing.

CWJ said...

You know. I've been wondering about the lack of information about the four person stabber on the UC Merced campus. He's busy being dead so you'd think someone would have picked up a wallet or taken some fingerprints. So I'd assumed he was a politician with a "D" after his name. Instead, he appears to be - "identified as freshman Faisal Mohammad of Santa Clara." Ah so now we know.

How stereotypical. Both the reticence to name names and the name with the MO.

BN said...

"How stereotypical."

I know. Who all heard the bulletin and immediately thought the guy's name would wind up containing "Mohammad" in it somewhere?

Was it just me? Were we wrong to think that?

Were we wrong about it ipso facto?

Bob Ellison said...

Five Guys Named Moe.

Bob Ellison said...

My mission for today is to post comment #24 on every blog item.

Curious George said...

"CWJ said...
Late afternoon light is the best for experiencing autumn up close."

Nope. Noon sun, blue sky. Especially in the woods.

Bob Ellison said...

The Today Show dedicated most of its first ten minutes today to assassinating the characters of George Bush 41, George Bush 43, and Dick Cheney. Their weapon was Don Rumsfeld.

This is the news that many people consume every morning. It's a gender-diverse market at 7:00am, but grows very rapidly female over the next two hours.

Carter Wood said...

In D.C., authorities spray the Ginko trees to prevent them from bearing the awful, awful stinking fruit. At the University of Wisconsin? A protest waiting to happen!

I remember at Reed College, where the trees were in front of the library, that locals of some Asian ethnicity used to come and collect the fruit for the seeds. Welcome to them, I thought.

Robert Cook said...

"The Today Show dedicated most of its first ten minutes today to assassinating the characters of George Bush 41, George Bush 43, and Dick Cheney. Their weapon was Don Rumsfeld."

They spent their whole careers assassinating their own characters. All the Today Show can do is summarize. (Of this gang of creeps, Bush 41 is probably the least awful.)

Hagar said...

"Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens"
by Louis Jourdan

but I am pretty sure I first heard this by "Five Guys Named Moe" on a record that was so old that the grooves went up and down rather than side to side as on modern records.

CStanley said...

Stunning!

Bob Ellison said...

Robert Cook, not to get all George Will on you, but what is the antecedent to "they" in your post?

Did the Bushes assassinate their own characters? Did the Today Show hosts?

Of this gang of creeps, as you call them, one, two-- let's see, all of them served in the military.

Are you trying to be the last, most obliviously dumb commenter here? You're in the running. But let me warn you: I can be much later and more oblivious.

Bob Ellison said...

Hagar, that was a great link! I first heard that song by the Muppets.

Robert Cook said...

Bob Ellison:

"...what is the antecedent to 'they' in your post?

"Did the Bushes assassinate their own characters? Did the Today Show hosts?

"Of this gang of creeps, as you call them, one, two-- let's see, all of them served in the military."



Bush, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

That some of them served in the military--Cheney did not, and Bush 43 sort of faded out and didn't show up for the latter part of his service--is irrelevant. Service in the military does not signify any greater quality of character than being a police officer or a fireman or a doctor or a lawyer or a file clerk or a trash collector. All sorts of people end up in any occupation one can name for all sorts of reasons. One will find princes and philosophers collecting trash or washing pots and pans and creeps in the White House or Pentagon.

Hagar said...

If I heard that song on a phonograph machine, it is much older than Wikipedia says.

Bob Ellison said...

Cheney was Secretary of Defense. Bush was a pilot in the National Guard.

But whatever. You don't like military any more than Obama does. I get that.

"That...is irrelevant." You said "gang of creeps".

Your reply shows that my assumption about your intended antecedent was correct.

Bob Ellison said...

Hagar, lots of those great songs from maybe 1910-1960 were derivations and re-interpretations of standard tunes. "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" is pretty much 12-bar blues, but I gotta suspect it has an earlier history as a campfire tune with less strict chords and rhythm.

Deb said...

Absolutely the best time of year, the melancholy offset by the brilliant colors.

Hagar said...

Could be. I also remember "Hand me down my walking cane" on that machine with the song being the main thing and much simpler than jazz musicians do it.

smitty said...

I have a modest sized ginkgo in my back yard that is just now turning yellow while all the other trees are already leafless. Ginkgoes are an ancient tree, dating back to the late Triassic.