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Conkers (Horse Chestnuts)

Tabletop photography.

I spotted these conkers in my local park and after fighting off a bunch of schoolboys who were also trying to collect them, I took them home to photograph :-)

PiP 1......Several more conkers.
PiP2......If you know, you know :-)

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36 comments

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Beautiful autumnal still life with razor-sharp details.
Enjoy your weekend.
3 months ago

Keith Burton replied to Jaap van 't Veen:

Thank you very much Jaap.
3 months ago

Stephan Fey said:

Oh, the poor boys! ;-) What are you building with them? Lovely fall shot, Keith!
3 months ago

Keith Burton replied to Stephan Fey:

English schoolboys always collect conkers at this time of year.............I remember doing it myself. They use them for playing the game of conkers.........The game has 2 players, each with their own carefully selected conker which has been drilled to create a hole and threaded onto a piece of string.

A basic idea of the game is to strike the opponent’s conker and try to break it – your conker is then the victor.

To win the game it is important to have the hardest conker! Cheating can be rife – with conkers baked, steeped in vinegar or painted with nail varnish to harden the fruit – but this is frowned upon.
Glad you like the images and thanks.
3 months ago

Günter Klaus said:

Deine schönen Bilder erinnern mich auch an meine schöne Kindheit,wo wir auch immer brav Kastanien gesammelt haben und haben sie dann mit Zahnstochern zum Basteln verwendet,wir konnten uns früher noch sehr gut alleine beschäftigen liebe Keith,ich mag deine Aufnahmen,wie du sie zeigst,was hast du mit der Schnur in den Kastanien gemacht,da komm ich nicht drauf:))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
3 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton replied to Günter Klaus:

Thank you Güni...........you're very kind.

Children (and some adults) use them for playing the game of conkers.........The game has 2 players, each with their own carefully selected conker which has been drilled to create a hole and threaded onto a piece of string.

A basic idea of the game is to strike the opponent’s conker and try to break it – your conker is then the victor.

To win the game it is important to have the hardest conker! Cheating can be rife – with conkers baked, steeped in vinegar or painted with nail varnish to harden the fruit – but this is frowned upon.
3 months ago

Gabi Lombardo said:

very well presented!!
3 months ago ( translate )

Keith Burton replied to Gabi Lombardo:

Thank you very much Gabi..........you're very kind.
3 months ago

J.Garcia said:

Wonderful idea and work, Keith!
3 months ago

Keith Burton replied to J.Garcia:

Thanks very much Judite..........glad you like it.
3 months ago

Günter Klaus replied to Keith Burton:

Das ist ja toll,dass es solch ein tolles Spiel gibt,vielen Dank für dein nettes Feedback dazu lieber Keith :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Abend,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
3 months ago ( translate )

Roger (Grisly) said:

Onker, onker my first Conker this game apparently started on the Isle of White in 1848 ish,
A wonderful set of still life images and some nice shiny conkers, I especially like those still in the prickly shells Keith
I remember a bad shot can crack the holders knuckles, which can be quite painful.

Have a great weekend, what ever you are doing! Conkers perhaps ;-))
3 months ago

Keith Burton replied to Roger (Grisly):

Ha, ha............only the English could invent a game this daft! I can also remember sore knuckles and the disappointment of my conker falling to bits after a good hit :-)))

Have a good weekend yourself Roger...........and thanks for commenting. I shall definitely not be playing conkers!
3 months ago

Andy Rodker said:

You meanie you!
3 months ago

raingirl said:

such a gorgeous painterly effect. beautiful.
3 months ago