Animals like crows and black cats are not ominous at all; it is the men’s superstitious mind which is the inauspicious oneMehmet Murat Ildan, playwright
While many people think that black cats bring bad luck, for some reason as a child I was always taught the opposite. If a black cat crossed my path it would bring good luck. So sure of this was I that I would sometimes alter my route to try to ensure that the cat’s trajectory and my own would definitely intersect!
Perhaps Groucho Marx has the right idea on this topic?
A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhereGroucho Marx
But is black even a colour?
Some will argue that black is not a colour but rather the absence of colour. However most artists would disagree, including Renoir:
I’ve been 40 years discovering that the queen of all colours was blackPierre-Auguste Renoir
And if I may be permitted one more ‘black’ quote,
Any colour – so long as it’s blackHenry Ford
While Henry Ford was talking about cars his words might be echoed this week by Denzil, who challenges us to share examples of the colour black in nature. He asks, ‘Could this be the most challenging Nature Photo Challenge yet?’ I guess I’m out to prove him wrong by coming up with a good variety of black animals and birds. OK some of these may look very dark brown or grey but I reckon they’re close enough to count. I hope Denzil agrees! And while there may be the odd flash of colour I believe all of them fit his rule of ‘more than two-thirds black’.
Marine Iguana, North Seymour, Galápagos Islands
Wild bison and ox-pecker, Periyar, Kerala
Gorilla, Jersey Zoo
Nilgiri Langur, Periyar, Kerala
Black bear, Vancouver Island
[scanned from an old slide]
Piapiac by oyster shell pile, Kubuneh, Gambia
Crow, Lammas Enclosure, Ealing
Another crow, this one in Bushey Park, west London
Young jackdaws, Studley Royal, Yorkshire
[shared several times before and wrongly identified as crows until Margaret helpfully corrected me!]
Black Swan, Pashley Manor, East Sussex
Moorhen and chick, Walpole Park, Ealing
Shag, Inner Farne, Northumberland
[note the green tag; birds here are monitored and protected]
Anhinga drying its wings, Caño Negro, Costa Rica
Scarlet-rumped tanager, Aguila de Osa, Costa Rica
Black Egret, Chobe National Park, Botswana