November Smells

Waiting for the bus somewhere on Fifth Ave, there was this strong sweet smell of rotting leaves.  It was nice.  I can smell it now, looking at these photos.

Leaves on Fifth AvenueLeaves on Fifth Avenue
But, it reminded me that a few days earlier my brother and I were walking down Fifth and smelled a stronger tree smell, bordering on nauseous.  He said he had heard about a certain tree species whose smell has been bothering its neighbors.

After some googling, here is the culprit:
Female Ginkgo Biloba Trees a.k.a. Maidenhair Tree
(I didn’t know trees had genders!)

http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/19/how-is-a-ginkgo-tree-like-a-discarded-computer/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/19/queens-residents-want-smelly-trees-removed/

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