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I spotted these alien life forms taking to the water while I was out walking the dogs last night. There were hundreds of them all bobbing about together.

They're conkers, of course the strong winds have blown them from a horse chestnut tree into this enormous puddle - most of them still inside their spiky green cases - you can see the one the left has split to show the shiny brown conker inside.

This is the first year that I haven't had a houseful of conkers at this time of year - the boys used to gather them obsessively - must be a sign they are growing up. But I couldn't resist putting a few in my pockets!
Ha ha - aliens indeed - good shot. I don't think you ever grow out of conkers - they're just so appealing.
posted October 4th, 2010  
Gosh aliens in force !! Must have been quite a gale. Are you going to play conkers with the boys ???
posted October 4th, 2010  
I think they think they're too old for conkers now - or maybe they're just afraid I'll beat them!
posted October 4th, 2010  
Funny. I can only guess what is all the enthusiasm about conkers. We do not have them here.
posted October 4th, 2010  
What are conkers? (I'm from Colorado... :-) )
posted October 4th, 2010  
Cool! They would make excellent aliens, new characters for Dr Who even! We don't many conker trees down here, I miss them!
posted October 4th, 2010  
@sue biz conkers are the fruit of the horse chestnut tree - they are about the size of a small tomato, dark and solid as if made of polished wood - they are beautiful - kids in the UK collect them at this time of year and traditionally would thread one on a string and have conker fights with them - knocking them together and seeing who can break the other's conker - I'm not sure conker fights are quite as common as they used to be, but kids also just like to collect them and see who can find the biggest etc!
posted October 4th, 2010  
Conker fights aren't as common, I think because a lot of schools have banned them. :-( I think they're beautiful though and I love this photo of them. Apparently, they will repel spiders if you put them in the corners of a room. Don't know if that's true though...
posted October 4th, 2010  
I love this picture! Around here we more often find the horse chestnuts on the ground once they've broken free of their husk. I've never heard of conkers and when I read some info on it I was chuckling the entire time. I don't think I'll share this one with any of the grandkids. May give them too many ideas!
posted October 4th, 2010  
It is a beautiful picture.
posted October 4th, 2010  
Until this year, following the English participant's photos, I'd never heard of "Conkers" and the delight they seem to bring! (Nor that "Corn" is "Wheat"...or visa versa!) Let's hear it for the broad education this site provides! I like the way you see these dangerous looking creatures as alien life forms, for, as one unfamiliar with them, I could find myself believing that!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Ira
Beautiful. Wonderful autumn picture. =)
posted October 5th, 2010  
i second Louise, never heard of "conkers" before, i learned so much just from your photos!
posted October 5th, 2010  
I would have believed aliens or mines, never heard of conkers, another one learning new things
posted October 5th, 2010  
Wonderful shot - what a bounty!
posted October 5th, 2010  
Great shot!
posted October 5th, 2010  
I have heard of conkers before however have never actually seen them as not that common in Australia so thank you for sharing your wonderful shot.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Lovely shot, I love conkers, They are so shiny and such a beautiful colour. Apparently they are good at keeping spiders away.
posted October 5th, 2010  
Great title for this one.
posted October 5th, 2010  
hehe cool shot x
posted October 5th, 2010  
I love the photo and the title Helen HA! We have a conker tree right outside our gate and sometime the boys fight over the conkers and I have to go out there and tell 'em to jog along as they upset the dogs in the neighbourhood with their arguing :)
posted October 6th, 2010  
@helenmoss Thanks for the explanation, Helen. I love learning new things! They are quite alien-looking. Haha
posted October 6th, 2010  
This is very interesting. I have seen "conker" photos on other postings recently here on 365 but I have not ever seen in nature. I guess we don't have chestnut trees near me.
posted October 7th, 2010  
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