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Himalayan Balsam

By Niknut
Yesterdays walk along a local canal gave me this's Himalayan Balsam, a very intrusive plant, but has beautiful trumpet-shaped
flowers......I was fascinated by the intricate structure & colour in the blooms, so concentrated on this aspect, rather than a wide view.........

This was the only successful shot from about 24, including some bees on Globe Thistle.....the damned wind was blowing the plants around
too much, to get 'em sharp......Grrrrrrrrrr !!!!!!!

Many thanks to all for the lovely comments on "Montbretia"........glad you liked it !!...& special thanks to Dougie for that valued UA !!!.Smile

Tags: Flowers and plants Himalayan Balsam

Voters: leontari, ali63, pollisher and 71 more

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ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 4:26PM
A gorgeous flower image,

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
28 Aug 2013 4:36PM
A fine shot Keith.
And I have mentioned this before.
Photograph rust.
The wind can blow as much as it likes !!
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
28 Aug 2013 5:01PM
It's a shame it's such a problem because the bees and insects do seem to enjoy it - just as much as I've enjoyed your lovely shot.Smile
28 Aug 2013 5:09PM
I think you've done well to get these pin sharp in windy conditions, Keith!

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
28 Aug 2013 5:21PM
It may be invasive, Keith, but it has a gorgeous bloom, and you have captured it to perfection. Carol
RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
28 Aug 2013 5:25PM
It is quite pretty but up here in our local park, the river bank (White Cart Water) and all the drainage ditch banks are now covered in this invader and all the natural vegetation has been choked out.
But I have to admit you have captured this specimen in excellent detail and showing off the intricate structure of the individual flowers.
EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
28 Aug 2013 5:43PM
You've captured this alien invader beautifully! One seriously nasty weed though!!!

JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 5:50PM
A splendid shot
saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 78 Norway
28 Aug 2013 6:07PM
One from 24 is much better than none from 24, Keith...especially when the one is as good as this!

DixClix 12 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 6:22PM
Great image but I believe there is a concerted effort to get rid of this plant...rather like we are "eradicating" the Japanese Knot Weed (although it is a weed really!).
However, this one is quite an attractive weed isn't it?
achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
28 Aug 2013 6:35PM
Beautiful crisp colourful capture Keith.


28 Aug 2013 6:56PM
Good photo of this pest plant, know what you mean about wind, can be a PITA. But you got good results! Hey you get awards! I never get them. Sulk sulk .SmileTongue
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
12 112 39 Wales
28 Aug 2013 7:05PM
Lovely image, Keith
widtink 9 406 2 Scotland
28 Aug 2013 7:28PM
Beautiful flower Keith shame it's an alien WinkWink

ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
28 Aug 2013 7:30PM
A beautiful capture....GrinGrin
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 7:38PM
The scourge of the River Bank, they are known very affectionally round these parts. However they do make for wonderful imagery Keith.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Mike_Smith Plus
14 835 2 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 7:45PM
Cracking shot, beautiful flowers too
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
28 Aug 2013 9:18PM
And it's a good one from 24.lovely colour and detailSmile
SUE118 Plus
13 8 1 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 9:32PM
Beautifully captured.
johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 10:33PM
A lovely image with beautiful DOF and great colour.SmileWorking in these conditions it's just as well we only have to show the ones that work outSmile
Regards John.
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 11:14PM
I've always admired these plants - didn't realise they were a problem.
Well done with that one successful shot!
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2013 11:46PM
Great capture KeithSmile

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
29 Aug 2013 12:48AM
Wonderful color and shape for this flower!
ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
29 Aug 2013 2:53PM
My goodness...beautiful sharp shot and such rich colour!

I have never seen this flower before...very interesting structure it's got.

Wow, this is pin sharp.. , a stunning gorgeous image of high quality & colour
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:18PM
Agree the wind is a matter either plant of birds
But a great captured shot here
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 10:38PM
They are a beautiful flower.Smile

User_Removed 8 920 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2013 3:32PM
Beautiful macro
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2013 9:05PM
A really lovely capture
boov Plus
9 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2013 6:21PM
Great shot....
13 Oct 2013 9:17AM
Near where I used to live the Daisy Nook country park used to run Balsam bashing weekends in order to try and control this - done before the exploding seedpods appeared. But they are a fascinating flower. Great shot

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