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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Stripes
by Mike H
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Submitted: Saturday, 13th February, 2016 14:21 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 13th February, 1976
Focal length: 400 mm
Shutter speed: 125 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 64
Notes: Taken 30 mins before sunrise Vivitar 283 flash caused the stripes by bouncing off the ripples in the pond. K-64 exposed at 90 ISO. Scanned and processed in Nikon Capture 4 PS 5.5 and Nikon Capture NX2
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