Out and About – Everything Is Coming Up Yellow – A Photo Essay
By Elizabeth Eby
Posted April 19, 2022
Everything is coming up yellow! Daffodils, pansies, crocus, and forsythia are golden yellow. They share common pollinators – insects with poor vision and are blind to colors other than yellow or white. In addition to the golden color, daffodils have trumpets or rings of highly contrasting color around the stamen to direct the pollinator to the sweet spot.
Some people love this shade of yellow but others call it harsh. Some think daffodils glow in the dark and people speculated that they generated electricity or phosphorescence. This went on until a 20th century German scientist explained that it is an optical illusion, the result of how our eyes perceive bright yellow in the twilight. William Wordsworth’s famous daffodil poem was inspired by a walk through a huge field of wild daffodils one evening when he and his sister experienced this phenomenon.