When we think of wildlife photography, we usually think of images with vivid colors. Most of the time, the colors tell as much of the story as the pose or behavior of the animal photographed -- most of the time, but not always. Sometimes, taking out the color actually helps our eye to see form, pattern and expression that could otherwise be missed when we're distracted by vibrant hues and tones. Black and white photography reduces how much information our eyes and brain need to take in, and the results can mean an even more powerful, compelling, and simply gorgeous photographs. The images below are perfect examples. Feast your eyes on these monochromatic pieces of art.

swan

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lion

Photo: Moments by Mullineux /Shutterstock

starlings

Photo: xpixel /Shutterstock

baby elephant

Photo: Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

owl

Photo: Johan Swanepoel/Shutterstock

orangutan

Photo: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock

red deer

Photo: Mark Caunt/Shutterstock

peacock

Photo: Pan Xunbin /Shutterstock

cape buffalo

Photo: Donovan van Staden /Shutterstock

impala

Photo: Johan Swanepoel /Shutterstock

leopard

Photo: JI de Wet /Shutterstock

mustangs

Photo: Inge Jansen /Shutterstock

egret

Photo: Johan Swanepoel /Shutterstock