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poison

This is called a Horse Chestnut, even though it’s not actually a real chestnut (only distantly related) and instead of curing horses (as originally believed) it’s poisonous to horses. But quite nice to look at..

f/3.5 – 1/80 – ISO 200 – 60

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16 responses

  1. It’s funny how they could get completely reversed! It is nice to look at.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    • caleephotography

      Yes, and poor horses who were force-fed this poison before they discovered it.. 😮

      October 15, 2012 at 6:23 PM

  2. I always believed that it got it’s name from the horse shoe shaped leaf scar beneath the spring buds and I had never heard of the “horse cure” theory. It’s great to learn new things.

    October 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    • caleephotography

      For some reason they thought the nuts could cure horses of chest pains! Very strange. But maybe there was some kind of “logic” because of the leaf shape and the fact that they thought it was a chest nut..?

      October 15, 2012 at 6:26 PM

  3. Nice macro work – great colors and cool, spiny subject.

    Thanks for sharing.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    • caleephotography

      Thanks Bill! Until now I’d never seen Bois D’Arc fruits- thanks!

      October 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

  4. Great texture captured, and the background really makes the color of the pod pop.

    October 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    • caleephotography

      Thank you! They were laying on a park bench and I was in a hurry so had no time to re-arrange them in a nicer way.. A bit of luck that the background colors kind of match the fruits.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

  5. Clear and exquisite! I’m glad that you told us what these are… they look so alien!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    October 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    • caleephotography

      Thanks Wendy! I like the shapes. 🙂 Its seed, bark, flower, and leaves are used to make medicine. But they contains high amounts of a poison (called Esculin) and can cause death if eaten raw.

      October 15, 2012 at 7:24 PM

  6. Again, great macro work accompanied by education.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    • caleephotography

      Thanks so much, Yvonne!

      October 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  7. Interesting. Looks hard to eat if were inclined.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    • caleephotography

      The nut-like seed inside looks quite tasty, like a real chestnut!

      October 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM

  8. Wow, that looks like it could be quite hurtful. Nice capture!

    October 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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