Colour of the sea­son

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In hues of but­ter, lemon sherbet and gold, the colour yel­low an­nounces the ar­rival of spring. Prim­roses, in an al­most lu­mi­nous shade, tinged with green, emerge in clumps on the river bank. Groups of daf­fodils spring forth to­gether in rich pri­mary or del­i­cate, lemon­ade yel­low, a cheery group seem­ingly ea­ger to meet the length­en­ing sun­light hours. Wil­low catkins, like small downy buds, are coated in yel­low pollen, ready to be car­ried away on the wind or the legs of an un­sus­pect­ing in­sect. Newly-hatched mal­lard duck­lings wear the colour on their first coat. In the ear­li­est days of spring, na­ture’s cheeri­est colour can be seen all over the coun­try­side.

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