Black In Nature: Not common, But Wonderful

Black in nature, black sky, moon in the middle of sky, featuring black in nature

How much do you pay attention to the colors you see in nature?? What is the most common one? What is the least common color that you can see in nature?
As you may guess, black black in nature isn’t the one that you can find very easily. In fact, it is one of the least common colors around nature. Yet, it appears in some parts. Today, we want to see what those parts are!!! So, if you’re interested, stay tuned

Colors In Nature

There are scientific explanations for different colors that things appear in, around nature. We’re not going to go deep into science. But we will talk about some of these reasons briefly. For example, Carotenoids, chlorophyll, and anthocyanin are some of the most usual molecules in nature. Therefore, these molecules are responsible for three colors that we frequently see: orange, green, and purple. Black isn’t in this category; thus, some things else must cause the black color.

aurora borealis, northern lights, trees in darkness, featuring black in nature
Aurora borealis, northern lights

Black is the absence of light (when all or most of incoming light is absorbed). Therefore, black hue can exist without any light, unlike white and other colors. Nonetheless, when technically speaking, black and white are hues, not colors. 

Color Psychology 

What does Black symbolize? 
Color psychology suggests that black is a symbolic color of mystery, power, elegance, and sophistication. But, there are also negative associations related to the color like sadness, grief, or anger. Despite all that, black is a favorite color for a large number of people, and it’s a first choice for many occasions. And black also represents formality.

What Are the Black Objects In Nature?

Several objects such as stones, animals, flowers, plants, beach sand, etc, exist in black; which we will check in the following. Then, maybe black isn’t that rare!!!

Black In Nature: Stones

Do you know any black gemstones? If not, then the next part is for you!

Here is a list of some of the black gemstones: 

  1. Black Sapphire
  2. Black Jet
  3. Black Diamond
  4. Black garnet
  5. Black Tourmaline
  6. Black Spinel
  7. Black Zircon
  8. Obsidian
  9. Black Onyx
  10. Black Pearl
Black Gemstones

 
1. Black sapphires:

These gemstones fall into the category of corundum. Sapphires exist in many colors, so in black. Sapphires also come in other deep dark hues like purplish and bluish. 

pieces of black sapphires gemstone, black stones in nature

2. Black Jet:

Jet is a kind of lignite (the lowest level of coal). Jet belongs to the category of gemstones. This gemstone comes from fossilized wood. 

a piece of raw black jet gemstone, featuring black in nature

3. Black Diamond:

Also known as carbonado, is one of the most resilient types of natural diamond. In addition, It comes from alluvial deposits, and its organic color is black or dark gray.

black diamond, representing black in nature, black stones

4. Black Garnet:

It is also known as Melanite and is a calcium iron silicate mineral. And Its natural color is dull or shiny black.

black garnet gemstone crystal

5. Black Tourmaline:

Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral added to components like aluminum, iron, magnesium, and potassium. 

a piece of black raw tourmaline gemstone, featuring black in nature

6. Black Spinel:

It’s a part of a bigger spinel mineral group. And It derives its name from the Latin word, Spinella, meaning spine (referring to its pointed crystals). 

black spinel gemstone jewelry, black in nature, black gemstones

7. Black Zircon:

Zircon belongs to the nesosilicates category, and it’s a mineral. And also, it’s a source of metal zirconium. 

black zircon stone in silver ring

8. Obsidian:

Its innate color is either deep black or blackish green. It’s a volcanic glass, and lava extruded shapes it when it quickly loses temperature with minimal crystal growth. 

small pieces of black obsidian gemstone

9. Black Onyx:

Onyx sits in the category of Oxide mineral, and its crystal system is Trigonal. The color goes from black to nearly any color.

pieces of black and shinny onyx stones

10. Black Pearl:

The black pearl also goes by the name Tahitian pearl, is an organic gem, and the black lip oyster forms it.  

black pearl stones in a sea shell

If you’re interested in stones, and you enjoy reading about them, then don’t miss this article.

Black Sand Beach

In my opinion, the black sand beach is a wonder in nature. Black sand beaches are not as common as you might assume, yet they exist. 

black sand beach in Hawaii, representing black in nature

Where can you find a black sand beach?
In some destinations like Hawaii, Iceland, the Canary Islands, you can see the black sand beach with your own eyes. 

Why is the sand black?
The Black sand is a result of eroded volcanic material such as lava, basalt rocks, and other dark-colored rocks and minerals; therefore, most of these beaches are near places where volcanic activities happen.

black sand beach (Iceland), representing black color in nature

Black In Nature: Animals

There are also black animals in nature. These animals are either completely black like the black panther or, some parts of their body are black. 

Black Panther 

(the following paragraph belongs to Wikipedia)

A black panther is the melanistic color variant of the leopard (Panthera pardus) and the jaguar (Panthera onca). Black panthers of both species have excess black pigments, but their typical rosettes are also present. They have been documented mainly in tropical forests, with black leopards in Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, and Java, and black jaguars in Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, and Paraguay. 

A recessive allele in the leopard is the cause of melanism. And in the jaguar by a dominant allele.

black panther with green eyes, featuring black animals in nature

The Black bear 

The black bear is chiefly native to Alaska, some parts of Canada, and also the United States. Black bears have a versatile diet; therefore, they can adapt to life in various types of habitats. So, it shouldn’t be hard for them to find food.

black bear in woods, black animals in nature

Black Birds 

Panthers and bears are not the only animals around nature. Also, there are diverse species of black birds like American Crow, Common Raven, European Starling, and Common Grackle. 

American crow 

This American crow is all black with iridescent feathers. It looks much like other all-black corvids. You can easily distinguish them from the common raven because American crows are smaller than the fish crow.

black American crow, black birds in nature
Common raven 

The common raven also goes by the name Corvus corax. Once more, the common raven is an all-black passerine bird. 

black common raven, black birds in nature
European starling 

The starlings are passerine birds from small to medium-sized. So, they go into the Sturnidae category.

black European starling
Common grackle 

The common grackles are large icterids. And they mainly live in parts of North America. It also has three subspecies. The adult common grackle has a long and dark bill, and pale yellow eyes. it as well, has a long tail. 

dark color common grackle, black color animals in nature

Flowers and Plants 

Black flowers and plants do not naturally grow in nature. So, there isn’t any true black flower. However, there are some that have a pure dark hue, and make them look nearly black. But, with the help of calculated cultivating and breeding there can be black flowers. Here are some examples: 

Black Roses

black rose flower, black flowers

Black Beauty’ Pansy

black beauty pansy, black flowers

Black Cat’ Petunia – Black Petunia Flower

 

black petunia flower, black flowers and plants

Queen of the Night’ Tulip

black night tulip, featuring black flowers
Conclusion 

To summarize, color brings life to everything it touches. color makes objects look different, and that difference makes everything unique in its own way. We need different colors to experience the hidden beauty in nature and its mysteriousness. So, next time you go in nature, pay a little bit more attention to the colors surrounding you

Enjoy

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Im Negar, and I enjoy communicating in other languages, I also like colors. So I write in colors' language. Let's see how it looks like!

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