Frans Lanting Photos & Videos on Instagram

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

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photo by @FransLanting Today we got back to the basics of Sun, Moon and Earth. In Central California we did not experience totatility and a dense coastal fog drove us to the highest ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains before we could see the sun at all. But that benign mist served as a solar filter and made it possible to gaze up into the sky. By aiming my camera through a thicket of trees I managed to interpret the moment when day became night and when Moon turned Sun into a sickle of itself. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our wondrous planet. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #eclipse2017 #wonder #naturelovers #inspire #sun #moon #SantaCruz #MontereyBay

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3 days ago

Two orphaned orangutans cling to each other in northern Borneo. Like humans, they need affection and care from their mothers in order to become healthy adults. Orangutans are the last great apes that survive outside of Africa. They live only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, and they are endangered due to the massive destruction of their forest habitat. Baby orangs are also victims of the illegal pet trade—captured by poachers who kill their mothers to reach them. It is imperative that we protect the forests orangutans depend on to insure that our next of kin on the family tree of life will be with us beyond our lifetime. I welcome you to support the organizations that are in the front lines of protecting them, such as the World Wildlife Fund and Wild Aid. I share this image in honor of World Orangutan Day. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of endangered animals around the world. @leonardodicaprio @wildaid @worldwildlifefund @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #WorldOrangutanDay #InternationalOrangutanDay #Borneo #Family #Love #Twins #Orphans

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6 days ago

A winter sun sets behind leafless baobabs in Madagascar. These “upside-down trees” are associated with Africa, but while the entire continent has only one species, Madagascar is home to six species of baobabs, all of them unique to that great island. I’m excited to go back to Madagascar this September and October with my wife and partner Chris Eckstrom, and we want to recruit a local assistant based in Madagascar to help with photo and video production for portions of that period. We use Sony video cameras, Nikon DSLRs, and DJI drones. If any of you know of someone who is tech-savvy and interested in joining us, please write to with a cover letter and credentials. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Madagascar #Baobab #naturephotography #nature

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7 days ago

Ferns have been uncurling their fiddleheads for many millions of years. This is one image from our LIFE exhibition currently on display at Cinemec Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Our LIFE project is a lyrical interpretation of the history of life on earth from the Big Bang to the present, expressed through photographs. A film about the making of LIFE is also screened at Cinemec until September 1. "Natuur is overal en begint bij huis." Nature is everywhere and it begins at home. If you are a photographer from the Netherlands or Belgium, I invite you to submit your best images of nature and its relevance for people for the WNF-Frans Lanting Award in photography. The deadline is September 1. Find out more about how you can submit your images at @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @wnf #WNF #PhotoAward #Nature #NaturePhotography #creativity #photography

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17 days ago

It may look like a vision of an alien planet, but it is a scene from planet Earth. Primitive bacteria stain the sides of a geyser with fantastic colors while hot water erupts from deep underground. Scientists believe that this is the kind of extreme environment where life may have begun on earth billions of years ago. This exquisite place is fragile, and it's located on private property not open to the public. I photographed it with special permission from the owners. Thank you for respecting their goal to protect it. Follow me @FransLanting to learn more about the history of life on earth. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #amazing #nature #earth #beauty #picoftheday #colors

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22 days ago

Photo by @franslanting This is a small section of one of the most complex rock art sites in the American Southwest. Over a period of thousands of years people carved images and stories into the rocks delivering to us a bewildering mosaic of how they lived with nature. What you do not see in this image is the damage done in more recent times when people vandalized these messages from the past. This site is one of the many precious places administered by the US Federal Bureau of Land Management, which operates its protection programs on a shoe string budget. And now BLM's resources are being shifted from protection to extraction to enable oil and gas deposits to get monetized. If you care about the American legacy of public lands for future generations, please speak up and become part of the conversation. Follow me @franslanting for more coverage of precious places. @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #MonumentsForAll #beauty #nature #naturelovers #wilderness #America #Conservation

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23 days ago

The Waterpocket Fold is a major geologic feature that defines Capitol Reef National Park. It’s a buckle in the earth’s surface where rocks have been pushed up and erosion has cut through the layers. From the air it looks like a giant multicolored gash with crazy zig zag patterns. On the ground you can experience it in the course of a spectacular drive along Route 24. But if you want to find out what it’s named for, you have to get out and hike into the backcountry where shaded rocky hollows can contain precious freshwater well into the dry season. Follow me @FransLanting to see more special places from the Southwest. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #America #explore #naturelovers #beauty #wild

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25 days ago

Photo by @FransLanting Here’s another scene from our backpacking trip through the Paria River canyon, one of the most dramatic slot canyons in the Southwest. For this image I put my camera on a tripod and slowed the shutter speed down, which blurred my companions. It created a sense of motion as a counterpoint to the immutability of the landscape. A polarizing filter took glare off the rocks and saturated its colors. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of amazing places and stories about creative photography. @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #America #explore #wonder #nature #inspire #creativity #naturephotography

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