November 24, 2021

There’s a rather rancid smell in the air at this time of year, the smell of Ginkgo. Toronto is filled with Ginkgo trees and the females produce large numbers of fruit that lay buried under piles of leaves through the month of November. I once thought I’d stumbled upon vomit in Queen’s Park and was baffled to see an elderly couple scooping it up into bags. Weeks later, when I learned about the Gingko fruit, I realized the couple was foraging for fruit. It’s a beautiful tree the Gingko tree, and oddly, I’ve grown accustomed to the pungent scent of its fruit. These leaves were photographed by the great Irving Penn in 1990.


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