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.
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.
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:
- Black Sapphire
- Black Jet
- Black Diamond
- Black garnet
- Black Tourmaline
- Black Spinel
- Black Zircon
- Black Onyx
- Black Pearl
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.
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.
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.
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.
5. Black Tourmaline:
Tourmaline is a crystalline boron silicate mineral added to components like aluminum, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
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).
7. Black Zircon:
Zircon belongs to the nesosilicates category, and it’s a mineral. And also, it’s a source of metal zirconium.
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.
10. Black Pearl:
The black pearl also goes by the name Tahitian pearl, is an organic gem, and the black lip oyster forms it.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The common raven also goes by the name Corvus corax. Once more, the common raven is an all-black passerine bird.
The starlings are passerine birds from small to medium-sized. So, they go into the Sturnidae category.
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.
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 Beauty’ Pansy
Black Cat’ Petunia – Black Petunia Flower
Queen of the Night’ Tulip
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