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Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Yellow Things Living and Not

My very first blog post on WordPress was about a slug, a Banana Slug link,

and I wondered: What else in nature is yellow?

When I was small I developed a mild fear of sunflowers as I walked through a field of them. They looked as if they were capable of bending down and swooping me up, and I imagined I would never been seen again. That was then, oh so many years ago. Now, however,

they are gorgeous, especially up close, hypnotic spirals.

It is said that yellow stimulates our mental processes, encourages communication, stimulates our nervous system and activates our memories. Manipura, Sanskrit for “city of jewels,” is the name of our solar plexus chakra, and it is represented by yellow.  When this chakra is open, it empowers us to find our personal strength. It will help turn dreams and goals into reality. For the Aztecs, yellow symbolized food because it was the color of corn, the primary food of the Aztec people.

Yellow Warbler

Like most warblers, this yellow warbler has a varied song. The bouncy tune is composed of 6-8 syllables that vary in pitch and generally follow a slow-fast-slow tempo, and the final syllable may be drawn out. The birds also use a “chip-chip-chip-chip” call. The birds are monogamous, too.

Yellow Butterflies

“Little Yellow Horses” by Franz Marc

In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Yellow was associated with earth and the center (in relation to direction). The Chinese have placed a predominance upon the color yellow not seen elsewhere in the world. It was the color of emperors during both the Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty. Huangdi, also known as the Yellow Emperor, is thought to be the founder of Chinese civilization, due to the tremendous amount of inventions that took place during his reign.

During the 1357 Japanese “War of Dynasty,” warriors wore a yellow chrysanthemum as a pledge of courage.

Yellow Stones: Amber, Calcite, Cat’s Eye, Citrine, Fluorite, Golden Beryl, Golden Yellow Topaz, Golden Tiger Eye, Iron Pyrite, Lemon Chrysoprase, Yellow Celestite, Yellow Danburite, Yellow Garnet, Yellow Jade, Yellow Jasper, Yellow Kunzite, Yellow Muscovite, Yellow Rhodonite, Yellow Sapphire, Yellow Tourmaline

Yellow Fish

Psychologically, yellow is the happiest color in the color spectrum. Medically, a yellow flag indicates a quarantine. The color means “elevated” in the color-coded threat system established by presidential order in March 2002. This system quickly informs law enforcement agencies when intelligence indicates a change in the terrorist threat facing the United States. A yellow flag is used in car racing to signal caution. Cars must remain in their current position when a yellow flag is shown. A penalty is indicated in football when a referee throws a yellow flag onto the playing field.

Yellow Caterpillar

Yellowbellied: a cowardly manner. Yellow fever: a disease involving high fever and jaundice that is common in the tropics. Yellow jack: a flag flown on a vessel to show that it is under quarantine. Yellowdog contract: a contract which denies a person the right to join a worker’s union. Yellow journalism: newspaper articles thought to be sensationalized in order to sell more papers.

Photo by echiner1

There is no question that the vehicle you drive is an extension of your personality — an unspoken, but clear message to the rest of the world. The message you send by driving a vehicle that is Sunshine Yellow: sunny disposition, joyful, young-at-heart. If, however, your vehicle is a Yellow-Gold, you give a different impression: intelligent, warm, loves comfort and will pay for it :-). (From The Color Answer Book by Leatricce Eiseman)

Yellow Long-Nosed Butterfly Fish

Yellow Mama, famous (or infamous) Alabama electric chair, 1927-2002

“Everyone knows that yellow, orange, and red suggest ideas of joy and plenty. I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will.” — Eugene Delacroix

“As a picture painted in yellow always radiates spiritual warmth, or as one in blue has apparently a cooling effect, so green is only boring.” — Wassily Kandinsky

“Oh yes! He loved yellow, did good Vincent…When the two of us were together in Arles, both of us insane, and constantly at war over beautiful colors, I adored red; where could I find a perfect vermilion?” — Paul Gauguin

“What a horrible thing yellow is.” — Edgar Degas

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. May you have warm, yellow dreams to keep you toasty on winter nights!

About Amirh

Ever-evolving spirit moving about via body. I'm a writer and a an ever-evolving spirit in service of animals through my blog and Buddhist and Reiki practices. My blogs: and For more about me:

8 responses to “Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Yellow Things Living and Not

  1. All fabulous – I think I like the caterpillar and the crab best!

  2. Pingback: A Splash of Color to Make You or Break You… | Simply Charming

  3. i love the butterflies! Did you take all these photos yourself?

  4. Indira

    What a wonderful, fabulous, enchanting splash of yellow. Thanks for sharing.

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