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  • Fossil evidence of the ginkgo leaf exists from as early as 270 million years ago. This leaf is just from last week, in Old Deerfield.

Published: 8/9/2019 3:32:45 PM
Modified: 8/9/2019 3:32:29 PM

Fossil evidence of the ginkgo leaf exists from as early as 270 million years ago. This leaf is just from last week, in Old Deerfield.

But several things about it caught my eye. The leaf had fallen quite alone and probably quite recently, a muted green beacon in a barren expanse of gnarled black pavement. The action of the passing rain had nestled the stem into just the right-sized crevasse, leaving the radiating underside of the leaf to spread out like an alluvial fan.

No matter how closely I look - thanks to a macro lens and seemingly endless magnification - there is always more to see. Each glass-like droplet, perched tenuously on the leaf by surface tension, reflects a miniature image of the trees and sky above while also enlarging the veins, and even a red freckle, below. The views are like a poor man’s journey into the subatomic realm of Marvel’s Ant-Man. Ok, not quite. But at least more real, with a guaranteed ticket back.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.

 




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