This post was inspired by my favourite ballerina, Emma Campbell. Today is her 22nd birthday. Earlier this month Emma represented South Africa in a dance championship in Brighton, England where she and her partner Hercu danced the black swan pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake. This photograph (courtesy of the Brighton ballet theatre) is a celebration of both those events.
The black swan on the left was photographed by me (at great personal risk) late in the afternoon on Irene farm. I was no match for this a fierce bird, who was convinced I was a new kind of Egyptian goose and not to be trusted anywhere near his pond.
The black tulip was photographed by my husband in Savill Gardens, Windsor in May.
I was going to write an uber serious post about Black Swan events, black tulips and pacemakers, but decided instead to recommend the movie Knowing with Nicholas Cage (basically about randomness versus determinism) or, alternatively, Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable and Alexander Dumas’ The Black Tulip.
The final swan, with its mostly black bill (also photographed by my husband) is strangely enough known as a yellow-billed swan, as opposed to the (more “common”) mute swan, which actually does have a yellow bill. Beats me!