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Frans Lanting  National Geographic Photographer || Author || Speaker || Creator of images, stories and events to inspire wonder and concern about our living planet.


I was spellbound when I saw the multicolored tentacles wave from the pin-striped bell of this extraordinary flower hat jelly, a drifter in sea currents which also spends time moving along the ocean floor. The ancestors of jellies were among the first animals whose bodies exhibited an organized architecture, with groups of cells joined together as tissues that performed unified functions.
This is one of the signature images for my project “LIFE: A Journey Through Time,” a lyrical interpretation of the story of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. It is also featured in the documentary film “Frans Lanting: The Evolution of LIFE,” which has won several film festival awards and was shown last month as a part of the 2017 @Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO. Thank you, we are honored!
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At the awesome amphitheater of South America’s Iguassu, many spectacular waterfalls plunge down to form one of the world’s natural wonders, equally powerful whether viewed from the Argentinian or Brazilian side of the falls. Known as Iguaçu in Brazil and as Iguazú in Argentina, the falls straddle the border of the two countries, both of which protect these thundering waters with contiguous national parks that draw millions of visitors each year. I made this photograph at dawn, when the landscape was saturated with water vapor from an overnight rainstorm mixed with mist rising from the falls.
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Photo by @FransLanting “Jungle River” A primeval forest in northern Borneo shows why people comparing the architecture of forests on different continents have called those of Southeast Asia the most majestic. Their stately appearance is dominated by towering dipterocarp trees that reach heights of 200 feet. We’re all dependent on trees—what they exhale, we inhale. We are linked together in the cycle of life. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our amazing earth.

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Right now in Antarctica, emperor penguin females are laying their eggs. After they do, their nutritional reserves are exhausted, and they immediately transfer their eggs to the feet of their mates, who cradle the eggs on their feet to keep them warm and off the sea ice. The emperor penguin males do this for two months in the depths of the Antarctic winter. It takes heroic parenting skills to raise a chick in this brutally cold environment where temperatures can drop to 40 degrees below zero with winds of more than 100 miles per hour. I spent a month camped on the sea ice near an emperor penguin colony to document how the chicks grow up. Here a young emperor chick leans against its father. I share this image in celebration of Fathers Day!

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I spent weeks inside Borneo’s tropical rain forest on assignment for @NatGeo to document its intricate natural history. One morning I took a helicopter up for an aerial perspective. When we rose above the canopy, my view expanded from single trees to the forest as a whole. I saw morning mist wafting through the treetops and envisioned the collective exhalation of these trees as the breath of a living planet. Trees are responsible for the air we breathe—what they exhale, we inhale. We are linked together in the cycle of life. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our our amazing earth.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Borneo #RainForest #Nature #Trees #NaturePhotography #jungle

I live next to a forest of giants. From my home on a meadow overlooking the Pacific Ocean I can see them towering over all other trees. They are redwoods, and they have a long history. In the days of dinosaurs they were widespread, but nowadays they only thrive in the narrow strip of California coast where hot land meets cold ocean. That is where fog forms which provides them with moisture during the summer months when there is no rain. One day when I flew above a dense layer of fog moving inland, the tops of these giant trees emerged like ramparts in the sky.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeotravel #BigSur #MontereyBay #California #Redwoods #Giants #Fog #Nature

This close-up portrait of a leopard made recently in Botswana’s Okavango Delta would have been very difficult to do 30 years ago when I first started looking for leopards in Africa. Back then, they were elusive and nearly invisible. When I did my coverage for @natgeo in Botswana in the late 80s, I rarely saw any leopards at all. They were ghost cats. Today sightings of leopards are common. The difference is better protection and especially, lack of hunting pressure. Botswana banned trophy hunting in 2014 and leopards like this one are beneficiaries. It is ever more important to recognize that every wild animal has its own life and that every one of them deserves our respect. Follow me @FransLanting for more tales of leopards and other big cats.

@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #Leopard #Botswana #BigCats #Panthera #Respect #wildlifephotography

Surfing legend and ocean advocate Jack O’Neill was a pioneer. As a surfer in the 1950s he got tired of being cold in the water, and that led him to develop the wetsuit. The rest, as they say, is history. Thanks to that invention many millions of people have been able to get into the ocean themselves and experience its wonders firsthand. Jack passed away last week at the age of 94, and his home in Santa Cruz overlooking the Monterey Bay—in front of a sweet surf break which he rode many times in his life—has been covered in flowers since then. Here’s an impression of that floral tribute along with a picture of another tribute sculpted in the beach below. Thank you, Jack, for all your good work and all that you inspired in all of us.

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In celebration of National Gardening Week, I share with you these beautiful Masdevallia orchids I photographed at UCSC’s Arboretum in Santa Cruz, Ca.
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“Home Sweet Home” Emperor penguins are among the hardest birds in the world to get to.  Their colonies are scattered around the edges of Antarctica and often far inland from open water, which makes them difficult to reach by ship. For our expedition we chartered a Twin Otter on skis with an experienced ice pilot from the Yukon. After we spotted a colony on the Weddell Sea ice, we landed the plane at a respectable distance and set up camp for a month. It was a bare-bones camp, but who needs luxury when you can be with emperor penguins 24/7!  The weather was rough.  During one ferocious blizzard, I had to hang on to the poles on the inside to make sure the tent wouldn’t blow away. Stay tuned for more images and stories of wild places and wildlife.

@natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Antarctica #Ice #HomeSweetHome #Camping #NationalCampingMonth

Once emperor penguin chicks are a month old, their parents leave them alone in the colony while they go off foraging at sea. The chicks gather together and wait. Emperors and their offspring recognize each other by voice rather than sight. So when adults return to the colony with food, they find their young by calling. Parents trumpet, and the chicks chirp in response. At the edge of a crèche where chicks gathered in a huddle that keeps them warm, one emperor parent listens for the sound of her chick. Follow me@FransLanting for more images and stories from Antarctica and the lives of the creatures dependent on ice.
@natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Penguins #EmperorPenguins #Antarctica #PenguinChicks #HopeSpots #OceanOptimism #SouthernOcean

We are pleased to announce that “Frans Lanting: The Evolution of LIFE” film will shown as a part of the 2017 @Mountainfilm Festival, at the historic Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO on Saturday, May 27th at 9:15 AM and again on Sunday, May 28th at 3:45 PM. For more info visit: https://tinyurl.com/mpcv3yy and https://tinyurl.com/lw82rqb

Here, a low tide at sunrise exposes the cracked domes of stromatolites lining the shores of Shark Bay in Western Australia. The surfaces of these mounds are the newest sediment layers formed by living communities of cyanobacteria. As early as three billion years ago the ancestors of these microorganisms began to release the oxygen that altered Earth’s atmosphere and created conditions favorable for the evolution of complex life. The spreading pink clouds of sunrise hint at a change in the air. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from my LIFE project, a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present.
@natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @mountainfilm @sheridanoperahouse #stromatolites #australia #westernaustralia #bacteria #earlyearth #sharkbay #BigBang

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