Do black flowers exist?

by Charles Stirton May. 30, 2007 9448 views

Here is an attempt at the impossible. Black flowers may not exist.

I admit defeat. I have no photos of black flowers. Brown is the nearest I can do.

Here is a challenge to all photo-bloggers. Can any of you photograph darker flowers than these. The pictures must be neither post-shoot manipulation nor black and white photos. Very very deep purple, dark brown, or very dark red pictures may be the best anyone produces. I think the bracts of the cyperaceous genus Ficinia in Southern Africa is the darkest black I have seen. But I have no photos of it yet.

Who is up for the challenge?

Tulips in Aberglasney Gardens, Wales, UK

Tulips at Aberglasney Gardens, Wales, UK

Kniphofia sp.

Thamnochortus rigidus - Restionaceae

Chondropetalum tectorum - Restionaceae

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Janka 9 years, 11 months ago

ooo, black tulips! the first is my fav. good composition.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Cory 9 years, 11 months ago

This brings back great memories. As a child I desperately wanted a black flower, so my grandmother ordered them to humor me. How devastated I was when the tulips came up deep purple. But I grew to love them even more.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Zajä…C 9 years, 11 months ago

#1 !

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Roxanne 9 years, 11 months ago

i wonder ??

yours are like velvet up there.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lorna Sim 9 years, 11 months ago

i've seen some of those dark purple tulips before, but not black. even dried flowers don't look black...i'm going to start searching.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Viktorija 9 years, 11 months ago

the first two are wonderful.
but I feel a little bit disappointed - like after gift opening in Xmas when I was 5-7:) I really believed I will see the black flower here, posted by you. well, maybe I'll find it somewhere by myself.
anyway these series of flowers are interesting and educative as well as beautiful. thank you.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lisa 9 years, 11 months ago

I really like #1 too. If I see some, I'll try and catch them. :)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Andrzej Dziurdzikowski 9 years, 11 months ago

Very intresting. I'll look for black flowers, but I not hope to find it in Poland.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Ian 9 years, 11 months ago

Great set

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Christine 9 years, 11 months ago

The tulips are exceptionnal ! I wouldn't mind trying but I
don't have a camera yet ! I'll see in my old photographs.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dzmitry Samakhvalau 9 years, 11 months ago

awesome

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jet28 9 years, 11 months ago

The tulips are gorgeous!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Kasia 9 years, 11 months ago

love these beautiful dark tulips!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Miclaud 9 years, 11 months ago

Nice shots and very curious colours ... I like them!!! Even with the flowers, black is beautiful ;-)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Vanessa 9 years, 11 months ago

Wow excellent, My fav # 1st one !!!!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
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