Gallery: winter is dead
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
‘Winter is dead.’A. A. Milne, Daffodowndilly
All over the world the colour yellow is associated with the sun and its life-giving warmth. It’s the colour of optimism and the coming of spring sunshine. But it’s also an attention-getter. We humans use it for warnings, while the animal world does much the same. Those yellow and black stripes on a bee or wasp warn of its sting. And other animals, such as poisonous frogs and salamanders, use yellow in similar ways. More positively, flowers often use the colour to attract pollinators, whether they are yellow all over or just in their centre.
As A. A. Milne describes so well, here in the Northern Hemisphere at this time of year we associate yellow with spring flowers such as daffodils. They are already past their best, but I have some in my archives to share with Denzil for his colour-themed Nature Photo challenge, as well as plenty of other yellow flowers from home and abroad. I have yellow birds too, and a few other yellow creatures too.
Daffodils in a vase, Ealing, west London
Freesia in our garden, Ealing, west London
Orchids at the Finca Romelia in Colombia
Dandelion and hoverfly, Norfolk, England
Pansies in a street planter in Blloku, Tirana
The paler yellows of primroses in a local churchyard, Ealing, west London
Great Tit, Malham Cove, Yorkshire, England
Flycatcher at Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Great Kiskadee by the pool at Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica
Saffron Finch at a coffee farm in Colombia
I know he’s made an even more recent appearance than the orchids above, but he was too appropriate and so cheerfully yellow not to include here!
Pigmy Sunbird (I think) at Souimanga Lodge, Senegal
Yellow Throated Toucan in Costa Rica
Brazilian Poison Frog, Jersey Zoo
Swallowtail butterfly, Selvatura, Costa Rica
Bee on white buddleia, Norfolk, England
Land Iguana on South Plaza, Galápagos Islands
Amazing close ups, especially the iguana, what a stunning fellow
Thank you Alison. It’s not too difficult to get decent close-ups of the Galápagos wildlife as the animals and birds have never learned to be afraid of people 🙂
Sounds like the cheeky fox in my parent’s garden ..so bold
What a lovely collection Sarah 😀
Thank you 😀
Beautiful reminders of spring. Loved the daffodil and the brilliant Saffron Finch!
Thank you – that finch is rather a stunner, isn’t he?!
yellow is just such a happy uplifting color…even on an iguana 🙂
Haha yes, even on an iguana indeed!
Ah, your pansies are beautiful and so is the Toucan. Yellow is indeed a sunny colour … just as long as it’s not in my wardrobe 😁.
Image Earth Travel
So many vivid colours – gorgeous!
Thank you, I’m very glad you enjoyed them!
Love your yellowgallery, Sarah! Beautiful yellow flowers. Birds are so lovely! Other creature in yellow made me smile. 🙂
Thanks so much Amy, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing these 😊
A fine set!
Thank you Graham 😀 I love your yellow emoji string!
Tales From My Lens
Daisies are so perfect. Great photos to show them off 😊
Thank you 😊
So many bright yellows. The saffron finch is the cutest!! But the frog looks more like a strange science experiment… The last snow pile in our yard finally melted, so yay winter is gone! We have no flowers yet, but lots of lilies, irises, and dahlias are peeking out of the ground! I can hardly wait for them to bloom.
Thank you Rose 😊 I quite agree about the frog! Glad to hear your plants are peeking out of the ground now and you’ve finally said goodbye to all that snow 🙂
Oh my!! Love all of these! Especially the iguana, wow!
Thank you 😊 Those land iguanas are huge, an amazing sight!
A super variety of yellows Sarah, thanks so much for contributing these gorgeous photos.
And thank you as always for hosting 🙂
Once again you’ve shown us a wonderful variety of nature at her best Sarah!
Thank you Denzil, I enjoyed putting this together 😃
Great stuff, as ever. Yellow in England is very definitely associated with the end if winter….daffodils, crocuses, primroses…lots of examples. I remember reading years ago that a subliminal message from the colour yellow is toughness and resilience, which apparently is why bulldozers and diggers are traditionally that colour. Also…I sense that you’re finding that once you’ve visited Costa Rica, its photos crop up in virtually every gallery including colour and/or wildlife. Unsurprisingly!
Thanks so much Phil 😊 Yes, Costa Rica is going to be a great source of images for any post focusing on nature and wildlife! I hadn’t thought about bulldozers etc but that message of toughness makes sense – interesting!
I love yellow flowers, the sight of spring daffodils in English towns and villages is one of my happy home memories. Lovely selection of various yellow creatures from different parts of the world. Great shot of the daffodils in a vase, the light is magical and there’s something so alluring about their texture.
Thank you Leighton, I’m pleased to have brought back happy memories for you 😊 There’s nothing quite like the sight of yellow flowers in the spring, is there?!
the eternal traveller
What a beautiful yellow collection this is. The primroses are such a delicate shade.
Thanks so much 😀 I thought the primroses would be a good balance to the brighter yellows
A spring sampler.
Thanks for stopping by Brad 😃
Thank you Nora 😊
That is one weird frog!
Haha yes, very odd looking – as if someone stuck on the legs from a different frog!
It wasn’t me, honest! 🤣💗
Mike and Kellye Hefner
Yellow is such a happy color, and your photos brightened my day! Loved them all, Sarah – especially the land iguana.
That’s really nice to hear, thank you Kellye 😊
Great examples of yellow. I like the frog, birds and iguana.
Thank you Anne. Those land iguanas were really amazing to see!
Such a variety and from all over the world
Nicely framed again too 😊
Thank you Alison, glad you liked the shots and the framing 😀
A bright, varied and – er – yellow post, demonstrating why we love it so much.
Thank you Margaret 😊 I was aiming to give a big dose of yellowness, sounds like I succeeded!