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The Horse Has Bolted!

The Horse Chestnut tree is one of my favorites! It is the very first of the year in Spring to shoot forth it's green leaves, provides a great expanse of shade and cover at full leaf, the flowers are such a sign of summer, then, come autumn, it is the first to display a wonderful array of colors in it's dying beauty, like this! Added to that, are the days of kicking through the leaves to find the green spiky shells, containing the beautiful chestnut colors of a gleaming conker! Closely related to the Sweet Chestnut, which contains the wonderful chestnuts to roast and eat by the fireside!

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Taken on January 1, 2005