A group of sunlit emerging Ginkgo biloba leaves
Exquisite fan-shaped leaves emerging on the branch of a Ginkgo biloba tree. The wonderfully frilled, fibrous, striated leaves in this photograph are only 0.5mm to 1.5mm across, photographed in situ, lit by morning sunlight, against a rich blue sky.
The Ginkgo is botanically unique. The only broadleaved conifer in existence, it is sometimes called a 'living fossil' because it can trace its ancestry back to the time of the dinosaurs.
A non-native, it is grown in Britain as an unusual ornamental tree in parks and gardens. In the USA, and notably in New York city, it is much in evidence as a street tree. In recent years, it has become known for its use in the health industry.
One of a sequence of 3 images in this gallery (this full-frame image and 2 enlarged selections from it).
Date taken: 27 April 2014.