Himalayan Balsam is an alien introduced species that is restricted under the Wildlife and Countryside act 1981 as it swamps native flora. Like Japanese knotweed, Rhododendron and Hottentot Fig, (three more garden escapees), it is extremely difficult to eradicate. But for artistic purposes it makes nice splashes of pink for my river bank painting. Sitting on the banks of the River Torridge at Weare Giffard in North Devon, I enjoyed several glimpses of passing kingfishers on the two days I was painting this.
trying to paint on top of a cliff in november