Sunday, May 30, 2010

Horse Chestnut Tree/ Today's Flowers

Horse Chestnut blossoms (Aesculus hippocastanum)

Last week the local horse chestnut blossoms were spectacular! Unfortunately, four days of high heat did them in for this year.

Squirrels love the nuts, sometimes known as conkers. However they are non-edible for humans.

A closer view of the blossoms

Unfortunately it was a windy day, so the blossoms are not as clear as I would like. When I went back to take a better shot, the blossoms had faded with the heat!

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23 comments:

Leora said...

Love these. What an intriguing blossom - thanks for sharing.

Not sure if I'll have time to post flowers today...we are going on a family trip soon.

Kathy said...

So many beautiful blossoms are so short-lived. Here's a silly question: Do horses eat the nuts?

chubskulit said...

That's lovely!

B SQUARED said...

Another on my Never Seen list.

Carver said...

The horse chestnut flowers are so beautiful. To bad they were so brief.

Jenn Jilks said...

My childhood home had such a tree next door. BRings back memories, thanks!

Ebie said...

My first time to see these blossoms. It is always a learning experience in Today's Flowers.

Sometimes, nature is harsh, but we get to enjoy even short lived.

Enjoy your week!

Small City Scenes said...

Aren't they such lovely flowers. There are some red flowered ones out here too. We used to love to collect the shiny nuts in the fall. I don't know why---maybe to throw at each other. MB

Carolyn Ford said...

I don't think I have ever seen these...what beauties they are! Too bad the heat couldn't have waited a little longer to arrive. Very nice captures of such a lovely blossom.

eileeninmd said...

beautiful blossoms, and I love the color on the closeup.

Regina said...

Amazing tree flower.

eden said...

Lovely flowers. My first time to see horse Chestnut Tree. Thank you for sharing

Shammickite said...

I have 2 horse chestnut trees beside my house but very few flowers on them this spring. I suppose that the Stouffville squirrels will have to go to EG to get their conker supplies in the fall.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

EG: Very cool photo, quite similar to my Ohio Buckeye Tree.

Stephany said...

I have never seen a horse chestnut bloom. These are gorgeous!

Jama said...

Pretty! I've never seen such beauty here before.

Arija said...

The first shot so superbly captures the character and beauty of the candles on the Hippocastanus

see you there! said...

Isn't nature great? I love the variety of flowers you manage to find and photo.

Darla

KaHolly said...

I guess they are spectacular! I can just imagine how it must look to see them all in bloom at once!! ~karen

Louis la Vache said...

You really do a fine job of capturing floral images!

This would make a nice subject for a watercolor painting.

Patti said...

Such pretty blossoms, EG. I"ve never seen anything quite like them.

Jacob said...

Horse chestnuts? Hmm...bery beautiful flowers, though.

George said...

These blossoms are beautiful. It really is a shame that some of the prettiest blossoms are also the shortest-lived.

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