On a whim I took Friday off work as I'm so fed up with the place and really needed a break. The blustery winds were still hanging around, tugging and yanking the leaves from the trees, so I headed with Janice over to Blandy hoping to catch the ginkgo trees in their golden splendor. The sun was brightly shining and as I drove along the country lanes I noticed how the autumnal leaves shone brilliantly in the midday sun. But as I approached the arboretum, grey clouds swept across the sky, shutting out the sunlight like a window blind.
There were only a few people at the glade when I arrived so I grabbed my camera and set to work, not letting the lack of sunlight darken my mood. Even in the dull light, the ginkgoes still shone, bathing the whole area in gold. They had passed their peak, thanks to the gales, but there were still many defiant leaves hanging fiercely on to the branches while below me a thin blanket of leaves looked as though someone had tossed gold coins upon the ground.
Ginkgo is regarded as a herb, the leaves used mainly for memory disorders, including Alzheimer's, as well as many conditions resulting in a lessened blood flow to the brain, such a vertigo, hearing disorders and even Lyme disease and depression. It has many other uses, since the tree has been around for so long, it's one of the oldest tree species in the world. The seeds are roasted and regarded as a delicacy in Japan and China, and there is actually an old Japanese lady who has been given permission to come here and collect many of the seeds.
We decided to drive to Long Branch to see the maple trees
there, and of course, the sun played games with us again, bathing the trees
in light that caused them to shine like burnished metal as we approached, but dimming as
soon as we stepped out from our cars.