In lots of ways it’s been a colorless week as I struggle to recover from a nasty cold that found me somewhere between the east coast and home, find myself pushing against the impending report card deadline, and anticipating the demands of next week’s parent conferences. Luckily, opportunities to get outside always brighten my attitude…and that makes everything better! And better yet, my week went from colorless to vibrant as yellow began to pop up everywhere!
As I left the doctor’s office earlier this week, the wildflowers growing along the side of the road called my name. I had to pull my car over and pull out my camera. The vibrant yellow of this sunflower-like variety screams sunshine. I’m not sure what this little beetle like insect is (I don’t think it’s a ladybug) that has latched itself firmly to the bloom.
As I started to feel better and with most of the report cards done, I set off midweek for a beach walk. The #litterati in me couldn’t help picking up these abandoned minion sunglasses…after I took a shot or two of these yellow frames laying on the beach.
And as I looked up at the cliffs as I walked I couldn’t help but notice the brilliant green growth along with the patches of yellow flowers. This is such a difference from our usual drought year hillsides.
For a change of pace, I headed to the lagoon the other day. The sky had turned overcast, but that didn’t take away from the beauty of the scene all dressed up in yellow blossoms.
I tried to capture the density and pervasiveness of these blooms…they are literally covering huge swaths of ground in their sunny yellow.
I always admire the tenacity of natives that seem to grown in unexpected places. I found these blossoms creeping up the fence line as I watched children play on recess duty. I love the juxtaposition of the rusty chain link fence and the pretty yellow wildflowers.
And just to shake up the prompt a bit, I found myself mesmerized by the yellow bees doing what bees do best…pollinating! I stopped and watched and waited, trying to capture this guy in action. My patience paid off!
So what yellow are you seeing this week? Don’t feel confined by the idea of flowers or blossoms…you might notice that banana shifting from yellow to brown as it sits on your counter or maybe it’s that scarf you notice your friend wearing. Be bold! Capture yellow!
You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #yellow for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.
Be on the lookout for yellow!
The yellow here has now turned to purple. The iris are blooming. Yellow is such a life brightening color. Glad you are feeling better.
Thanks Margaret. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you purple–irises are beautiful!