Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday Flowers: Spring Yellow


Yellow is a colour seldom favoured. Most people prefer red, blue, purple, green, pink, even orange over yellow. The colour is often associated with cowardice, caution, illness and aging.


Looking at my wildflower guide, I would guess yellow boasts more blooms than any other colour. From the bright spring dandelion to the lovely swamp marigold, yellow blends well with the fresh green of the season.


The yellow catkins of the weeping willows stand against the blue of the lake's waters just as the sun contrasts the blue sky. What says spring more than the flowers of a forsythia?


Many spring birds come in yellow, from Warblers and Meadowlarks to Goldfinches and the fuzzy gold of baby ducks and geese.


I see boldness, beauty, and new life in the yellows of spring.


19 comments:

  1. I love yellow flowers and your pictures brought back fond memories. We have a tree in Nayarit (our state) called the Golden Shower. We planted one but it has yet to bloom. There are 100's of them in the city. They grow about 25 - 30 feet tall and in March and April are covered with huge hanging clusters of yellow flowers. They blend so nicely with the lilac coloured jacarandas.

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  2. When I was growing up in Borneo, in my neighbour's garden, there was a big tree. It would bloom with yellow flowers. When it bloomed, the whole tree turned yellow. The wind would blow, and the flowers fall with the breeze to the ground. My younger sister and I would chase the flowers. Such good memories. Thanks.

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  3. I like yellow and think that it says spring like no other color. I have enjoyed watching the goldfinches become more and more yellow over the last month and the first forsythia come out. Your pictures in this post are very nice.

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  4. What lovely pictures. The gosling is very adorable. When I think of yellow, I feel I'm surrouded by sunshine, brightness and happiness. I would never even thought it would be the least desirable colour. Unlike most farmers/gardeners I think a sea of dandelions is absolutely beautiful and dandelions only come in one color.

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  5. Yellow is my favorite color. I never used to wear it though because I was told that it makes me look washed out because I am so fair completed. Since I turned 50 I stopped caring and now I wear yellow every chance I get! Yellow makes me happy.

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  6. Beautiful post.I once heard a plant expert say that yellow flowers were the hardiest.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  7. Great capture of the yellows of spring. Lovely post.

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  8. Years ago in Ontario our front yard has so many dandelions blooming that the neighbors said they have to wear sun shades to protect their eyes against the yellow blooms.

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  9. I enjoy yellow flowers, and thought these pictures were beautiful!

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  10. This was a wonderful post in praise of yellow!

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  11. I don't know who said yellow represents cowardice,illness and aging, but I totally disagree with them.
    I love yellow. To me it's bright like the sun. Cheerful like daffodils and happy like the little ducks and birds you mentioned.

    So yellow is mellow - sorry, had to put that in there. LOl!

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  12. Yeah, I like yellow too. It is sunny and cheerful to me.

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  13. Yellow is the color of sunshine and all your captures represent that beautifully.

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  14. Oh, yes! Yellow blooms and birds are the nicest color for spring. What would we do without yellow? I agree with Lynne -- it's a "happy" color -- it brightens up everything and hopefully everyone.

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  15. I love yellow..not to wear as it makes me look strange..but I love Mother Nature's yellow and you captured a nice selection of it here Ruth...Michelle

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  16. BS&S you may have noticed the walls in my kitchen,etc. when you dropped by over the past year - YELLOW ! ...and now in our new place, guess what YELLOW. I love yellow and red stands next in line.
    Wendy's remarks echo my feelings.
    Loved your blog!

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  17. Thanks to all who commented. It seems that yellow is more popular than expected. It may not be a good colour for many complexions, but there are other ways to enjoy it, like on walls and flowers. :-)

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  18. OMGoodness..How did I miss Your Yellow post!
    I guess too much birding!
    I love these photos..all of them..really!
    But i keep looking at the willow catkins!!!!!!!!
    Bee U T full yellows!

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  19. I always think yellow is so cheery but I have a friend who wouldn't thank you for a yellow flower!

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