Gingko on Black

Gingko Leaves at Allen Centennial Garden in MAdison Wisconsin

Gingko on Black © 2010 Bo Mackison

I have always loved the simplicity of the gingko leaf – quite unusual when compared to other leaves, gently formed, a soothing shape. An ancient tree, fossils of gingko biloba leaves have been dated to the time of the dinosaurs.

The gingko. A living relic. A symbol of longevity.

Photographed at the Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Ahh! I like this very much because of the shapes and light and shadows! You have the eye and gift for photographing the beautiful simplicity, Bo.

  2. Love the shapes of these leaves..and the magic of shooting into the light!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Gingko leaves DO have that special quality, and the early morning sunlight seemed to enhance that. Thanks, Marcie.

  3. Gandalf says:

    Itty Bitty Fans on a stick. The Gingko is very pleasing.

  4. Simple and pleasant. 🙂

  5. Agreed, a magical tree and leaf. Its relic nature adds to the mystery and appeal. Love the lime green on black.

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