The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

The Smithsonian has put up some 200,000 photographs of animals taken by dozens of motion-activated "camera traps" set up in around the world, and... they're kind of breathtaking. Not just in a "Ooh, animals are cool" way, either (though, come on, animals are totally cool)—in a "Wow, some of these are pretty amazing photographs" way. The intent, obviously, is to study animal behavior without needing smelly humans around, and not to take pretty pictures, but the pictures do end up being quite pretty—we're particularly partial, for example, to this set of beautiful black-and-whites shot in Kenya. (Above is an Asian black bear caught on camera in China). The best thing to do is go to the official site, find one of the cameras, and just click through all the photos it's taken. Animals! Right?

[Smithsonian WILD via New Scientist]

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

African buffalo, photographed in Kenya

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

African bush elephant, photographed in Kenya

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Asian elephant, photographed in Thailand

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Baird's tapir, photographed in Peru

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Burchell's zebra, photographed in Kenya

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Collared peccary, photographed in Peru

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Collared peccary, photographed in Peru

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Coyote, photographed in the U.S.

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Crested serpent eagle, photographed in Thailand

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Giraffe, photographed in Kenya

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Jaguar, photographed in Peru

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

Temminck's tragopan, photographed in China

The Incredible Art of Animal SpycamsS

White-lipped peccary