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Monday, July 22, 2019

Yellow Coloration in Nature

I came upon the Silver-Spotted Skipper (seen in the image atop this entry) when I took a walk in Central Park this past Saturday and I included facts re him/her in my blog post for that day. This creature is on my mind today because I've been thinking about his/her yellow markings as well as elements of nature who have yellow in their coloring.

Whenever I've been in that park there are many times I've come across nature (both flora and fauna) with yellow in their coloring. Some examples of flora growing in the park who have yellow in their appearance can be seen in the next set of pictures.

I've also noticed flowers planted in the tree pits of streets of NYC who have yellow in their coloring as seen below.

And I've grown yellow-colored flowers in my rooftop garden. Some examples featuring yellow details re flora I've grown here can be seen in the next few photographs. They include a flower from my Tree Peony...

... a flower from my Fritivallia ...

... one of my many crocus varieties ...

.... a flower from one of my Japanese shrubs...

... as well as one of my many rose varieties...

.... and two of my many tulip varieties...

... plus one of my strawflower varieties.

Roses, tulips, and strawflowers are included in different movies on my Vimeo Channel.

Bees, who also have yellow in their coloring and whom I've encountered in my garden (pictures of this are directly below), are also featured in a movie within my Vimeo Channel.

And I've encountered them in Central Park.

Bees and the  Silver-Spotted Skipper are not the only insect who have yellow in their coloring, as you undoubtedly know, and here is a photo-op of a caterpillar who has yellow in his/her physical appearance.

An array of birds whom I've encountered in my garden, in Central Park, at the Hudson River, and on various beaches, have yellow in their features as seen in the following photos.

My garden:
Female American goldfinch yellow colored body.

European starling's yellow toned beak.

American robin's yellow toned beak.

Female Baltimore oriole's yellow colored body:

Central Park:
Egret catching fish with his/her yellow toned beak.

American robin's yellow toned beak.

American goldfinches yellow colored bodies:

European starling's yellow toned beak.


Male Mallard's yellow toned beak.

Palm Warbler's yellow colored body:

Hudson River:
Khaki Campbells' yellow toned beaks:

Various Beaches:
Seagulls' yellow toned beaks:

FYI, the majority of the insects, flora and fauna referenced in this posting are featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak.


But getting back to the color yellow, according to a web-page for Color Matters, "Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color.

In the natural world, yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils, egg yolks and lemons, canaries and bees. In our contemporary human-made world, yellow is the color of Sponge Bob, the Tour de France winner’s jersey, happy faces, post its, and signs that alert us to danger or caution.

It’s the color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.

Lurking in the background is the dark side of yellow: cowardice, betrayal, egoism, and madness. Furthermore, yellow is the color of caution and physical illness (jaundice, malaria, and pestilence)."

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