Sometimes the most elegant visual statement about an animal may be created by excerpting telling colors, patterns and textures.

Christmas Iguanas, Espanola, Galapagos

The Christmas Iguanas lazily warming themselves in the Galapagos yield a striking display of Yuletide color. The bleached backdop provides the essential contrast to the complex colors and textures of this endemic creature.

Zebras, Masai Mara, Kenya

Sometimes a rear view produces the most compelling angle. Perhaps the most beautifully designed derrieres in the animal kingdom, the zebra's instinctive herding behavior produces a dizzying field of stripes. Said to thwart the landing preferences of the tsetse fly, their telltale pattern are surely the most distinctive markings in the horse family.