The yellow water lily, Nuphar lutea, grows wild and in profusion in the fresh, unpolluted rivers and lakes of west Oxfordshire, where I live. They form thick carpets of leaves, new every year, and throw up ball-shaped golden blooms from May onwards. I love them, and so do the damsel flies.
The one pictured here was floating on a peaceful lake fed by the river Windrush, where big carp lurk beneath the lily leaves, occasionally surfacing with a ‘plop’ as they take a gulp of air.
This painting of two badgers with bluebells is a limited-edition drypoint hand-made print, measuring 40cm x 30cm. Each impression is individually tinted with watercolour. The painting features wood anemones and a pearl bordered fritillary. a woodland-loving butterfly.