Is yellow the happiest colour?

By Elie Gordon

There’s no disputing the fact that it’s one of the most beautiful colours in nature.

The colour yellow can take on many different connotations from friendship to happiness. These photos from our Earth Capture community showcase yellow in all its natural glory.

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Butterfly on the plant

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Yellow frog on a leaf

A beautiful yellow frog resting on a leaf by Will Snow. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species of frog, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species and making them one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders.

Yellow and black dragonfly

A vivid southern vicetail dragonfly (Hemigomphus gouldii) resting on a spiny-head mat-rush (Lomandra longifolia) photographed in Brisbane, Australia by Tom McHugh.

Yellow clown goby fish

The yellow clown goby is native to the western Pacific from southern Japan to the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Starting life female, gobies are able to change sex if necessary to form a breeding pair, photographed here by Martyn Guess.

Yellow tree with bird standing on its branch

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Sea dragon

The leafy sea dragon (Phycodurus eques) is found along the southern and western coasts of Australia, photographed by Tracy Jennings. The protrusions seen here are used solely for camouflage rather than propulsion which is achieved through a pectoral fin on the ridge of its back.