evolving spring yellow

May 19, 2024  •  1 Comment

It has been a banner year, despite less than normal moisture, for all blooming things.  So after a brief period of photographing, documenting, and delivering Fred's Navajo-Churro wool items to both Tierra Wools in Chama and to Centinela near Chimayo, I returned to photographing new flowers.  Yellow is the color of the week in this photographer's garden, and I once again turn to Kassia St. Clair's The Secret Lives of Color to describe a few of the flowers I photograph.  The first was Acid Yellow, which St. Clair indicated is used in many emojis and the smiley faces so common in our culture.  It is basically the color of the garden iris that seem to have been planted, grew, and were divided everywhere in the neighborhood.  We inherited a few with the house.  

Flowers - iris 1 2024Flowers - iris 1 2024

Flowers - iris 2 2024Flowers - iris 2 2024


According to the website Color Wheel Artist, "A Tint is sometimes also called a Pastel. But to be  precise, Color Theory defines a True Tint as any Hue or mixture of pure colors with only White added."  To demonstrate, I include a bud of the combine hybrid "Early Bird Yellow" below.

Flowers - columbine (yellow) 1 2024Flowers - columbine (yellow) 1 2024



As far the Swallowtail Columbine is concerned, the flowers are yet a different tint of yellow, which also changes as the flower opens and evolves.  This bud lets us know that the flower will be yellow, but the tints can be very different as demonstrated below in the shots of the maturing bud and of the nearly open flower.   

Flowers - columbne (Swallowtail) 3 2024Flowers - columbne (Swallowtail) 3 2024  

Flowers - columbine (Swallowtail) 2 2024Flowers - columbine (Swallowtail) 2 2024

Flowers - columbine (Swallowtail) 1 2024Flowers - columbine (Swallowtail) 1 2024

Thanks to Lawrence, Christina, Jean & Sam, TTT, Marillyn R., Rebecca A., Barbara F. R., Steve, Catherine, Karla, and M. Fred B. for chiming in on last week's blog!

With luck, all of you reading today will be able to capture nature - either with your camera or as a memory - as the yellow of spring evolves.

until next Monday,


a passion for the image©


Steve Immel(non-registered)
As you write, Daryl, this grouping is a study of soft yellows, but also of the transition from yellow to green or lemon to lime. The vessels for your study of yellow are so different. The garden iris is like a vintage floral painting while the columbine is distinctly modern to my eye. Once again, I see the columbine as a creature in flight or perhaps swimming. You've got to love the names Acid yellow and Early Bird Yellow. The next to last flower does look like it's facing headwind.

A lovely May set, indeed.
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