Common Raven, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Beyond Black


Black Is Only a Beginning


Common Raven, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in post "Beyond Black"

Common Raven


We know that the Common Raven is black.

So why does this bird appear dark red in the photo?

The answer is light.

First, photography is the art of sculpting with light. So we add depth, shape, and interest by catching the play of light on our subjects. And that’s what happened here, in this photo.

And second, light reflects the color of its surroundings.

For example, I took this photo in Zion National Park at “The Temple of Sinawava.” Imagine red rock walls that rise up hundreds of feet, forming a bowl around a bend in the river. These walls are so high and so close together that sunlight seldom shines on the river.

Yet in the afternoon, these walls become alive when light reflects off of them. Then the light obtains a red quality that you see cast on this raven’s feathers.

So the blackest black can change into vibrant color when light shines upon it.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: There’s a photo of a properly attired (i.e., black) Common Raven in Fluffed up Birds.


Help Birds Tip

Be a Conscious Business Citizen

Being a good citizen spans all activities, from personal to business.

Here’s an excellent magazine that features companies that are earning a profit while behaving well. See: Conscious Company Magazine.

I just received my first issue and I’m very impressed by the content. It’s informative, inspiring, and thought provoking.


Birding Resources

The National Parks in the US offer many wonderful birding opportunities, as well as exceptional ways to enjoy Nature.

See the list at: National Parks

Then plan a visit to a park.


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1Comment
  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 07:06h, 20 January

    Quoth the raven – more, more.

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