weekly photo challenge – growth (a survivor)

The A-bombed trees in Hiroshima, there is quite a few of them in the city center. Even if they were server damaged, they were given support and care. They are still standing and growing.

On August 6, 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans. The plants and trees in the area around the epicenter were examined in September 1945. Among the survivors were the six Ginkgo biloba trees. They were situated near the blast center and appeared to bud after the blast without major deformations and are still alive today.

Therefore the Ginkgo is regarded as the ‘bearer of hope’.

This Eucalypt I met at Hiroshima Castle, 740 m from the hypocenter. The tree survived the atomic bombing, while the castle was destroyed.

Hibaku Jumoku! Is the Japanese word for a tree that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945

“…when we didn’t need to do it, and we knew we didn’t need to do it,
and they knew that we knew we didn’t need to do it,
we used them as an experiment for two atomic bombs.”
BRIGADIER GENERAL CARTER CLARKE

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    • Yes, Tara … it’s truly amazing that they saved the damaged trees … and gave them support, but that is the nature of the Japanese people. They have such a big respect for the nature.

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  10. This is the most meaningful post for this challenge. Thank you for sharing this story and photos.
    Ginkgo- Bearer of hope… I love this symbolism…

    • Jane, thank you so much for your lovely comment … and for your visit. To be a bearer of hope – is something very big … and what is better than trees. Thank you once again.

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