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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.

Photo by @FransLanting A gaggle of emperor penguin chicks is surrounded by parents on sea ice off Antarctica where they gather every year to reproduce. In this image you can see the young ones huddled together just like their parents do to keep each other warm. It’s the only way they can survive the extreme conditions they face. A blizzard had raged for two days and covered everyone in snow. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images from the edges of our living planet.
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Photos by @FransLanting The rain forests of South East Asia are as important as those of the Amazon and the Congo, but there is not much left of them in an original state. The pressures from the growing economies in the region is enormous. In these images you can see the process of clearcutting forest to make way for palm oil plantations, which is a main source of forest loss in Borneo. If the present rate of deforestation continues there will be no habitat left in another generation for wonders of nature like the ones we have been sharing with you recently like orangutans, tarsiers and rafflesias. And that would be a tragedy not just for them, but also for every person growing up in the region, because they are part of a unique natural heritage found nowhere else. So if you care, and especially if you live in this part of the world, I hope you consider raising your voice and please support the organizations that can help make a difference. It is not too late to stem the tide! @leonardodicaprio @leonardodicapriofdn @world_wildlife @WildAid @thephotosociety #Borneo #Rainforest

Photo by @FransLanting A field of wildflowers is touched by the wind, and a long exposure turns it into a glorious blaze of color. I made this image in South Africa, but the creative idea behind it can be applied anywhere. I would like to invite all photographers based in the Netherlands or Belgium to submit their best images of nature to be considered for the WNF-Frans Lanting Award in Photography. Together with fellow photographers @HumbertoTan, @JasperDoest, and other experts we will look for the most interesting submissions. The deadline for sending images is September 16. Go to to learn how to enter. To our Dutch friends and followers I’d like to say: Doe allemaal mee en laat zien dat ook in Nederland en Belgie natuur nog overal is. Ik kijk uit naar jullie fotos!! Follow me @FransLanting for more images of nature from around the world.
#Netherlands #Belgium #photography #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #photoaward #creativity #nature #nflmuseum #wnfnederland #color

Photos by @FransLanting There is nothing else like it in the world: a flower the size of a truck tire—three feet across, orange and rubbery with a smell like something that has been in the fridge for too long. This is Rafflesia, a mysterious, parasitic plant that lives underground. It only becomes visible as an improbable giant floral outgrowth in the gloomy undergrowth of Borneo’s rainforest. In the first image you see a Rafflesia flower in its full glory, which only lasts for a day, then it falls apart like a decaying mushroom. I illuminated this one from within. It was quite tricky to do that successfully. In the second image you see how it comes out of the ground like a jungle cabbage before its petals unfold. It is truly one of the great wonders of the plant world. Let me know if you have ever seen anything like it. Stay tuned for more marvels and follow @ChristineEckstrom for more video encounters with the natural world. @NatgeoCreative @ThePhotoSociety @LeonardodiCapriofdn #Borneo #Rafflesia #Wonder #Amazing #Jungles #Naturephotography

Photo by @FransLanting With their giant eyes tarsiers bear expressions that seem to alternate between outrage and surprise. I know that this is projecting human emotions onto a creature that really uses its oversize eyes like owls do because they hunt for insects after dark in the jungles of Borneo, but I can’t help saying it anyway. There’s more to tarsiers than meets the eyes however. As primates they are related to us and scientists consider them a model for the very earliest primate from which all others evolved long ago. We may have come a long way since, but the way we respond to images of this tiny animal shows how deeply we are related after all. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more marvels from the animal world. @thephotosociety #Borneo #Primate #Rainforest #Tarsier #Wildlife

Photo by @FransLanting You are looking at one of the smallest primates on earth. It may look a bit like Yoda from Star Wars, but its true name is tarsier. It’s a nocturnal creature found only in the rain forests of South East Asia and on Borneo it co-exists with orangutans. It fits into a human hand. Its eyes are bigger than its brain. Perhaps that is why it seems to live in a constant state of sensory overload. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with the animal world. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Borneo #Primate #Rainforest #Tarsier

Photo by @FransLanting Two orphaned orangutans are clinging to each other at a rehab center in northern Borneo. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive in Asia. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Nearly half of all orangutans, a staggering 150,000 in all, vanished from Borneo during the last 15 years. Orangutans are also victims of the illegal pet trade—babies are captured by poachers who often kill their mothers to get their hands on the young ones. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our close relatives on the tree of life will be with us beyond our own lifetime. In recognition of @WorldOrangutanDay on August 19 I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting orangutans through public activities and through covert actions aimed at busting wildlife criminals. @World_Wildlife @WildAid and @Freelandfoundation need your help. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more encounters with orangutans and other endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicaprio @leonardodicapriofdn #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Twins #Orphans #Endangered #Wildlife

Photo by @FransLanting Adorable, but vulnerable. An young orang utan infant is testing her climbing skills at a rehab center in Northern Borneo where dozens of orphans are reared. Orangutans are sorry victims of the illegal pet trade; poachers often kill the mothers to get their hands on the young ones. I welcome you to check out some of the organizations that are working to combat wildlife crime, such as @World_wildlife and @Freelandfoundation through public and covert actions. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with our close cousins on the tree of life.
@thephotosociety #Freelandfoundation #Endangered #Orangutan #Borneo #orangutanalliance #WorldOrangutanDay

Photo by @FransLanting A gathering of bull elephants animates the dawn like only they can. You can almost hear their rumbling. I share this image in recognition of World Elephant Day, August 12, to celebrate the majesty of elephants and to draw attention to the organizations that have forged a strong coalition aimed at reversing the poaching crisis that has decimated elephant populations almost everywhere. The @ElephantCrisisFund was established by @SaveTheElephants in partnership with @LeonardoDiCaprioFdn and @WildNetOrg. They support the right people in the right places and they are making a real difference. Check them out and lend your support so they can do even better. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with elephants.
@ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative #Elephants #Respect #Dignity #Conservation #Wonder #Naturelovers #Botswana

Photo by @FransLanting I captured this Indian elephant family gently touching each other with their trunks at the edge of a lake after they had finished bathing. Indian elephants look a bit different from their Africa cousins; their ears are smaller, their foreheads are bonier and their skin gets pink on their ears, but they are just as threatened by human encroachment as elephants elsewhere. The last best hope for elephants in Asia is a lush forest range in Southern India’s Nilgiri Hills where more than 6000 elephants still survive. Planning corridors of protected habitat is a key to their future and the best way to minimize conflicts with people. Check @WWF-India to learn what people are doing to help elephants in India and lend your support. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about elephants @Thephotosociety #Elephants #NilgiriHills #Conservation

Video by @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting A remote camera set up at a water hole in a private reserve in the Namib desert enabled us to capture close ups of thirsty animals without disturbing them. You’ll see springbok, hartebeest, and zebras—and hear the lovely bell-like calls of sandgrouse who come to drink. But they also soak up precious drops of water in their breast feathers to carry back to their chicks, who may be dozens of miles away in the desert. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate behavior of wildlife in Africa. @ThePhotoSociety #Safari #YearoftheBird #Namibia #NamibRand #Desert #Wildlifephotography

Photo by @FransLanting The bald eagle is a direct beneficiary of the Endangered Species Act. America’s national bird has made a dramatic comeback as a result of the protection it gained under what many people have called the most significant legislation ever passed to protect wildlife. But now the Endangered Species Act is being reviewed in Washington DC for amendments that may significantly undermine its effectiveness to protect other species as well as it did for the bald eagle. That would be a tragedy; for eagles and for us. But it’s not a done deal yet. If you care about this, please inform yourself and support the organizations who are as vigilant as eagles to protect our wildlife. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to learn more about the plight of wildlife around the world. @world_wildlife @nrdc_org @defendersofwildlife @sierraclub @leonardodicaprio @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #endangered #eagle #conservation #wildlife

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