Photograph by Bill Hatcher
Yellow evokes the shine of the sun and is found throughout nature and the man-made world as a color that commands attention. This highly visible hue is found on everything from bumblebees to school buses, traffic signs to highlighters. Misbehaving soccer players are shown yellow as a warning, and Tour de France racers know the man in yellow is the rider to beat.
Here, cottonwood leaves drift on clear water in New Zealand. The country’s landscape includes forests, mountains, fjords, and pastures.
Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic
A young girl skips on a lighted path on Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China. The pedestrian-friendly stretch of neon-lit storefronts makes up the city’s busiest shopping district.
Jin Mao Tower
Photograph by Justin Guariglia
The upper floors of Shanghai’s 88-story Jin Mao Tower provide a dizzying view of hotel rooms and offices below. Standing nearly 1,380 feet, the tower is one of the tallest buildings in China.
Golden Tree Frog
Photograph by Joel Sartore
A golden tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax) peers into the camera. The common frog, which goes by many different names, is a popular pet.
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Photograph by Ken Renk
Fish school in clear waters at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in southern California. The wetland conservancy is a habitat for fish and invertebrates and a feeding and nesting ground for shorebirds.
Elephant and Mahout
Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic
An elephant and its mahout swim together in the Okavango River in Botswana. Rich with wildlife, the inland Okavango Delta is formed by the river’s seasonal floodwaters.
Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic
Revelers pack a dance floor flooded with soapsuds at a disco on the Spanish island of Ibiza, a popular destination for partygoers.
Photograph by Michael S. Quinton
A yellow-shafted flicker leaves its nest in a forest in the United States. Flickers are woodpeckers that can hammer trees but prefer to forage on the ground. They often dig in the dirt for ants.
Photograph by George Grall
Eyelash vipers are indigenous to Central and South America and come in a variety of colors, including shocking yellow.
Photograph by Gina Martin
Pink flowers and a hand-painted sign advertising treasures adorn a yellow-and-red building in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The city's beauty and mild climate have attracted many foreign residents.
Photograph by Michael S. Lewis
A woman in Diafarabe, Mali, holds her brilliant yellow scarf against a blue African sky. Her landlocked country is a desert land that was once a hub for ancient Saharan caravan routes.
Photograph by Jim Richardson
The yellow hues of a small home in Lanai City, Hawaii, are matched by its owner's vintage Plymouth. Many residents of this village live in such pastel-painted cottages, first built for pineapple plantation workers.
Phuket Island Beach
Photograph by Jodi Cobb
Yellow beach umbrellas line the sands at a hotel on Phuket Island, Thailand. The island draws many foreign tourists to its balmy climes, crystal clear waters, and Thai hospitality.
Photograph by Raul Touzon
A brightly painted train engine stands under a deep blue sky in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Santa Fe Railroad, one of America's most famous, merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad in the mid-1990s.
Credits: National Geographic