Shades of Black in Nature

Challenge #188 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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Black is a very dramatic colour in nature's landscape. It is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light, and the opposite of white (the combined spectrum of colour or light). It is an achromatic colour, literally a colour without colour or hue. (Wikipedia). The colour black relates to the hidden, the secretive and the unknown, and as a result it creates an air of mystery. This is a FULL COLOUR challenge, so definitely no black & white entries or desaturated pictures. Man-made structures should be minimal, no humans, domestic pets or birds deprived of their freedom. Macro and close-ups welcome. Size of entry: 1,600 pixels on its longer side.
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Red Admiral
by anisah
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(Vanessa atalanta) A large and strong-flying butterfly, common in many habitats in Britain and Ireland. It has brown/black wings with red bands and white spots near the tips of forewings. Undersides are dark and mottled. The wingspan is 67 – 72mm (male – female). This specimen was photographed in a woodland in the UK.
Submitted: Saturday, 13th February, 2016 05:30 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 16th September, 2014
Focal length: 180 mm
Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec
Aperture: F9
ISO: 1600
Notes: Cropped, resized.
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