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Impatiens glandulifera

Impatiens glandulifera
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-09 11:38
Viewed: 3547
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a large annual plant, native to the Himalaya (resulting in its the colloquial name of kiss-me-on-the-mountain in the UK). It typically grows to 1 to 2 m high, with a soft green or red-tinged stem, and lanceolate leaves 5–23 cm long. The crushed foliage has a strong musty smell. The flowers are pink, with a hooded shape, 3–4 cm tall and 2 cm broad; the flower shape has been compared to a policeman's helmet, giving rise to the alternative common name Policeman's Helmet. Although it does not range all over India and is by no means the only Impatiens native to that country, it is also known as Indian Balsam in countries where it is introduced.

Himalayan Balsam is sometimes cultivated for its flowers. It is now widely established in other parts of the world (such as the British Isles and the United States), in some cases becoming an invasive weed. The aggressive seed dispersal, coupled with high nectar production which attracts pollinaters, often allows the Himalayan Balsam to outcompete native plants. In the UK, some local wildlife trusts organise "balsam bashing" events to help control the plant.

Information source

It is a very rare plant and now widely established to the north of the Pyrenees and to the Sud Pyrrenees and nonexistent in the rest of the Iberian Peninsula.

This photo is taken in the Vall de Pica, Luchon, Haute Garonne, Central Pyrenees.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-09 11:50]

Hallo Ferran,

This outstanding catch. Very clear and well rendered.
I have also seen species of flowers.
Thank you offered me the opportunity to see her today.

Bonjour Ferran,
C'est une très belle macro bien composée sous un excellent angle de prise de vue valorisant les nombreux détails du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-09 12:04]

Hi Ferran . Its a plant that has veryy nice flowers but has started to take over the area we live in . It has started to wipe out other plants . As you say in yourr notes its a very invasive weed . All the same you have taken a fine close up of the flower head. With fine detail and natural colours. wel ldone TFS.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-09-09 12:12]

Hi Ferran,
Delightful exposure, congratulations..

very nice closeup, TFS Ori

El que fa una càmara en unes mans i el que fa en unes altres jeje; fem el que podem però m'ho passo de primera sempre.
La part central de la flor l'has brodat, sobre tot per la captura tan fidel del color. L'espècie curiosa evidentment i interesant el poder observar l'evolució de la floració i inici de la fructificació. Bona llum.
Un treball excel.lent Ferran.

Abraçada:Josep Ignasi.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-09-09 16:15]

Hi Ferran,

This flower is beautiful - nothing like other invasive weeds I have seen. Wonderful colors and details which show off so well against the background. I have not seen a Himalayan Balsam before. TFS.


hello Ferran

beautiful photo of this flower/plant with fine
POV at its level, fine focus great sharpness and details,
and a very beautiful luminosity of the image, TFS


Hola Ferran,
bellissima macro dai colori stupendi e molto luminosi, ottima nitidezza, piacevole ed armoniosa composizione con il bell'effetto della goccia d'acqua
Grazie e complimenti
Saludos cordiales
Ciao Maurizio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-10 1:15]

Hello Ferran,
A very beautiful photo of this flower. The colours are very clear. Good contrast against the dark BG. Excellent sharp details and composition. Original POV.

Hello Ferran,
Nice shot with beautiful contrast and tones. In Belgium, this species is really invasive in some regions. It has colonized many river's banks and it is a threat for the biodiversity. That is why I have really mixed feelings with your beautiful shot. Best regards,

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