Black Swans

I was thrilled when I spotted a lake FULL of Black Swans during a random drive.

I don't think I've ever seen black swans in the wild before, and even if I have, definitely not in these numbers.

Having been introduced recently to Nassim Taleb's Black Swan theory, I can imagine the shock felt during the 17th century discovery that black swans actually exist in the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to this find, it was believed in the West that swans are always white. Nassim thus uses Black Swans as a metaphor for unpredictable events. The kind of stuff you would never even dream could happen.

We parked our car and sat there observing the swans for a while. They are quite majestic creatures really, graceful and strong. A lakeful of them was a stunning sight to behold.


imp said...

you were on holiday and you thought about the black swans theory!!!?!! *fainted*

now i remember THAT book.

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

imp: it takes more than a week's holiday to scrub work off my mind completely! =P