Path underneath the giant chestnut


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The path along the community gardens is arched by a giant Horse Chestnut tree in autumn colours
Photographed in Amsterdam Zuidoost, the Netherlands
Copyright © 2011 Steppeland – All rights reserved

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The Horse Chestnut Tree ( Lat. : Aesculus Wikipedia /wiki/Aesculus , Dutch : Paardenkastanje `Wikipedia ) grows to 36 m tall, with a domed crown of stout branches, on old trees the outer branches often pendulous with curled-up tips. The leaves are opposite and palmately compound, with 5–7 leaflets; each leaflet is 13–30 cm long, making the whole leaf up to 60 cm across, with a 7–20 cm petiole. The leaf scars left on twigs after the leaves have fallen have a distinctive horseshoe shape, complete with seven “nails”. The flowers are usually white with a small red spot; they are produced in spring in erect panicles 10–30 cm tall with about 20–50 flowers on each panicle. Usually only 1–5 fruit develop on each panicle; the shell is a green, softly spiky capsule containing one (rarely two or three) nut-like seeds called conkers or horse-chestnuts. Each conker is 2–4 cm diameter, glossy nut-brown with a whitish scar at the base. ( Source: Wikipedia)

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
smc Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
Exposure 1/60 sec, f. 11 mm
focal length 18 mm , ISO 400
Date: Oct. 29, 2011

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