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Horse chestnut

Horse chestnut
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Copyright: Sochirca Dan (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Minolta Dynax 5, Minolta AF 75-300
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-07 9:52
Viewed: 5237
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The horse chestnut's scientific name is Aesculus hippocastanum. It grows naturally in the moist mountain valleys of parts of Albania and Greece. In the UK, horse chestnuts have been grown as ornamental trees, particularly in avenues or along roadsides for their spectacular "candles" of white flowers all over the tree in the spring.

These trees are seen at their best when grown in the open reaching up to 35m (115ft) with the arching branches normally turned up at the ends. It is one of the largest flowering trees of the temperate world.

The leaves are large and compound, in the form of a palm with the five or six leaflets spreading out like the fingers of a fat hand. The leaves fall in autumn to leave large horseshoe-shaped leaf scars

The flowers then give rise to the large globular green spiky fruit. These split open about September to reveal one to three large shiny, mahogany brown seeds or nuts - the "conkers".

The image was scanned from film.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-07 14:10]

I have heard of Horse chestnut but never seen it, so thank you for showing this Sochirca and for your interesting notes. What pretty flowers, and they can grow so big. The must look terrific when all out in blossom. TFS.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-07 15:55]

Good shot Sochirca, I like the composition and it's a very nice bloom. I do think that it's a little overexposed. A fill flash would have worked well here, reducing the light from behind. Good work.

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Nice shot, but the flours are OE.

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