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