Hello Yellow

Yellow’s bright and cheerful. I welcome it, especially now we’re in the grey days of winter in New Zealand. I decided it’s time to put together another YELLOW post and this one is super-loaded …enjoy! You can’t miss yellow, even if there’s only a little bit πŸ™‚

This time I’ve sourced majorly from Twitter so with each item I provide the creator’s twitter handle. There’s links to my sources at the bottom of the post under the heading ‘References’. If you follow these you may find more photos.

If originals were more than 1000-pixels wide I’ve resized them to 1000 (many image files were larger). I think the only images I’ve cropped are the church floor sign, the yellow fungi, and my own of the dandelions.

Thank you to all who gave me permission to share your photos or poems.

–many Twitter people won’t know me so.. my name is Liz Cowburn, I live in the small town of Tapanui in West Otago, New Zealand. I enjoy posting on my blog and I’m also active on Twitter here. If you’d like to follow my blog and aren’t already a WordPress member see the ‘Follow Blog Via Email’ link in the sidebar at the right (near the top).

1. Australia : Eastern Yellow Robin in the Southern Grampians
by Kerry Vickers @kerrybv1 Twitter


If you want to know more about Australia’s beautiful robins (there’s many), ecologist Paula Peeters has put together an illustration referencing the different colours. You can see it at her Paperbark Writer website. It’s also on Twitter here.

2. UK : Hornet Moth
by Mike, Norwich. @norfolkbirder Twitter


3. Peru : Beautiful Solanaceae species, potato endemic to Peru
by Gaby Chavez Descalzi, Lima. @gabychavezd1 Twitter


4. UK : Peacock butterfly on Inula hookeri
by Chris Howell, Birmingham. @christophhowell Twitter


5. Yellow is Yellow (Poem)

— by Joe Cushnan, Northern Ireland / England [bio]. @JoeCushnan Twitter

our_dandelionsWe lived on an estate, the council type, not

The aristocratic kind, renters not owners,

And we were not natural gardeners, not by

A long shot. We had a lot of overgrown greenery,

Displays of long grass and dock leaves and nettles,

Occasionally bursts of colour, yellow,

Mostly buttercups and dandelions but colour

Nonetheless, and who’s to say that our yellow

Paled compared to tidy lawns with daffodils,

Marigolds, primroses, tulips? Who’s to say?

–photo I took in summer, my husband Nigel (landscape architect) was a bit artistic when ‘mowing’ our lawn. Tapanui, New Zealand
–Liz Cowburn

6. New Zealand : Romero Cross in a Dunedin Catholic Church, children’s art
by Liz Cowburn, Twitter a/c here


7. UK : from a church (safety sign / covid-19) tweeted 18 June 2020
by St James, Piccadilly. @StJPiccadilly Twitter


8. South Africa : Empodium plicatum aka Autumn Stars, are starting to flower. Tiny, no larger than a R5 coin. This geophyte was seen in a winter seep, while walking the dogs (tweeted 01 July 2020).
By Jenny Parsons, Pringle Bay. @JennyPaPB Twitter


9. New Zealand : ‘Blue person’ (last few lines)

by Kay McKenzie Cooke (Dunedin). @skylarkriddle Twitter

upturned… And of course we must always

leave room for yellow. Van Gogh thought so.

‘I’m not a yellow person,’ I heard someone say

and thought it a pity. A world without yellow.

–from Kay’s latest poetry book Upturned.
I went to the book launch on 25 June 2020.

Kay blogs at Line By Line

To purchase ‘Upturned’ see Ref 9 at the bottom of this page. Wonderful book!

10. Australia : fungi photographed in the NSW Warrumbungles
by Ruby E Stephens, Plant Ecologist, Sydney. @rubyecology Twitter


11. New Zealand. Three-lined hoverfly (Helophilus seelandicus) is endemic to NZ
By jacqui_aotearoa. @jacqui_aotearoa Twitter


12. Australia : males of some frog species change more dramatically in the breeding season – lemon yellow for Eastern Stony Creek frogs (Litoria wilcoxii).
by Dr Jodi Rowley, Conservation Biologist. @jodirowley Twitter


13. USA : Snowy Egret. [The yellow feet and 1/2-yellow legs interest me! –Liz]
By Jerome G., Los Angeles. @CAScrubJay Twitter


14. UK : spotted in the photographer’s car park space at work. Cinnabar moth caterpillars feed mainly on ragwort.
by Ricky Cheadle, Doncaster. @RickTheRhino5 Twitter


15, 16, 17. USA : paloverde tree flowering (3 photos from 3 different blog-posts)
by Steve Schwartzman, Austin, Texas. The link is to Steve’s WordPress blog.
See Refs 15, 16, 17 for individual post-links.
Paloverde tree (Parkinsonia aculeata).

15. Flowering paloverde tree and clouds. Taken May 29th 2020.


16. Paloverde tree in full flower. Taken May 16th 2014.


17. Wispy paloverde tree
Fresh petals and old coexist in this cheery closeup from June 3rd 2015.



1. Eastern Yellow Robin – Twitter
2. Hornet Moth – Twitter
3. Potato flowers – Twitter
4. Peacock butterfly on Inula – Twitter
5. Yellow is Yellow – Twitter
6. Own photo, see my blogpost Welcome Everybody
7. Stay Close To God – Twitter
8. Autumn Star flower – Twitter
9. Upturned by Kay McKenzie Cooke (publisher web page)
10. Yellow fungi – Twitter
11. Three-lined hoverfly – Twitter
12. Eastern Stony Creek frogs – Twitter
13. Snowy Egret – Twitter
14. Cinnabar moth caterpillars on ragwort – Twitter
15. Flowering paloverde tree and clouds – blogpost
16. Paloverde tree in full flower – blogpost
17. Wispy paloverde tree – blogpost

Further Reading

In August 2017 I posted: Β  I see… Black and Yellow

Other colour posts: scroll downΒ  Series (Special Posts)Β  — to “Colour Posts

Curated by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

33 thoughts on “Hello Yellow

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  1. You weren’t kidding about super-loaded, what a blast of color! You assembled a great album, Liz, it’s a fun idea. πŸπŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸ―πŸŒπŸŒŸβ­οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ‹πŸ§€πŸ§ˆπŸŸ¨

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  2. I thought you had stopped blogging! I haven’t received notice of a post in — well, in a long time. I wouldn’t have found you again had Gary not mentioned you in his post. I’ve signed up again, and will check to be sure notices are coming through.

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    1. I’m delighted you’re back on board Linda, I just thought you’d got bored with my posts, I mean they’re not to everyone’s taste and I accept that. I’m so happy you’ve come back!

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  3. I admit to being another hello, mellow yellow fellow. When we married in Berlin in 1972, our wedding present from my folks was a Texas-yellow VW beetle that we named Tigger. I thought I’d included a photo of it in a post, but apparently not, I’ll look for an excuse real soon.

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  4. Even those of us in the midst of summer enjoy a big blast of yellow, Liz. So often yellow signifies sunshine, cheerfulness, and warmth. I like the color so much that my previous car, a Toyota Matrix, was a bright Solar Yellow in color. I toned things down only a little when I got my current car, a KIA Soul, that is Ignition Orange in color, a kind of coppery orange and definitely not a pumpkin orange.

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      1. A lot of people do not want cars in bright colors. Toyota offered the Matrix in yellow only the year I bought it, and the KIA Soul offered the orange only in the year I bought it. Whatever the case, I rarely have trouble spotting my car in a parking lot. πŸ™‚

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    1. That brought back the memory of my Dad’s yellow Ford Cortina, which my brother managed to crash and write off just a week after getting his driving licence!

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      1. Yikes. I always figured that with a bright yellow car, nobody would be able to hit me, claiming they did not see me. In fact, my car was written off when someone pulled out in front of me for a side street and I could not avoid the collision.

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        1. Argh! At least you weren’t to blame…can’t say the same about my brother. (He was just 17 at the time and trying to impress his mates – less said probably the better…but they were lucky that no-one was hurt!)

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