Yellow water lily
An original painting – watercolour on paper – size 330mm x 220mm on paper size 400mm x 300mm.
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.