Frans Lanting@franslanting

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

Photo by @FransLanting “March of the Penguins” Tomorrow, April 25, is World Penguin Day and I am celebrating it with this image of a procession of emperor penguins walking stoically through a blizzard on sea ice off Antarctica where they raise their offspring. Everything about the lives of emperor penguins is extreme. In order to capture any of it, you have to succumb to the same conditions that they endure, which is a challenge if you are not as well insulated as they are. But what a privilege it is to spend time with these amazing birds. Another image I made of an emperor penguin cradling its newborn chick is available as a signed print for $100 as part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of signed prints by me and some of my colleagues @NatGeo in honor of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all the prints. The sale ends on April 28. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see more images of extreme nature.

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Photo by @FransLanting Tomorrow, April 22, we are celebrating Earth Day—a moment to be grateful for everything the planet does for us. Some of that is visualized in this aerial view of the Amazon Basin, whose forests serve as the green lungs for the world. They exhale oxygen and water vapor that are an essential part of our global life cycle. With every breath we take we inhale a bit of the Amazon. We are all connected; let’s make every day Earth Day. Follow us @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting to learn more about our living planet. @ThePhotoSociety @world_wildlife @conservationorg @leonardodicapriofdn @leonardodicaprio #EarthDay #EarthDayEveryDay #Gratitude #Forests


Live today! I’m pleased to announce that my photo of an emperor penguin and its chick is a part of the @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible prints that capture wildlife and wild places. The sale runs from April 20th-28th in celebration of Earth Day. Visit the link in my profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.
Emperor penguin parents alternate between shuttling in food from open water and guarding their adorable offspring. It is an epic example of parental commitment under extreme conditions. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of intimate encounters with the wild. #photooftheday #nationalgeographic #flashsale #sale #emperorpenguin #penguins #earthday


A young cheetah licks his brother's cheeks stained with blood after they ate a gazelle caught by their mother. They are almost full grown, but the fuzz on their necks shows they are still juveniles. When cheetahs leave their mother after a childhood of a year and a half, males often stay together as a hunting coalition, but females become solitary and are faced with the double duty of hunting and caring for young. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see some of our favorite cheetah family images and learn more about their plight in life. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #Endangered #Wildlifephotography


Photo by @FransLanting This geyser is one of the images featured in our LIFE symphony with music by Philip Glass which will be performed in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday April 17 as part of the National Geographic Science Festival. The last movement will be streamed live via the internet around 9.45 PM Italy time. Check the link in my bio. If you live in Italy, you can also see an interview with me on diMartedì, on La7 channel Tuesday at 9:10 pm. LIFE is a celebration of our living planet from the Big Bang to the present. For more about LIFE go to @ChristineEckstrom @Natgeo @Natgeocreative @Natgeotravel @ThePhotoSociety #Earth #Evolution #Geyser #Amazing #Wonder #Naturelovers


Photo by @FransLanting Two cheetah cubs sit right next to their mother while she is scanning the landscape ahead for signs of trouble and opportunity. When you follow one cheetah family day in and day out like we did, you get an intimate understanding of the challenges a female faces as she does double duty. She is a working single mother. She has to hunt, but minimize risks to herself while she chases prey and she has to keep her cubs out of trouble as well. It takes a year and a half of constant risk assessment and decision making for her to wean her cubs to independence. And she teaches them by example. Amazing to see the drama of their daily lives play out in real time. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more intimate encounters with cheetahs. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #Endangered #Wildlifephotography #Motherhood #Workingmoms


Photo by @FransLanting Cheetahs like high vantage points where they can scan the landscape and consider their next moves. One day a young cheetah we’d been tracking in the Serengeti Plains on assignment for @natgeo bounded up on one of our vehicles as if it were a termite mound or a tree—favored lookout points for cheetahs. He showed no interest in @ChristineEckstrom and our guide. They felt no threat and moments later, the cat jumped down and continued on. The first rule in working with wild animals is to let them be so you can document them as they are. Follow us @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting for more wild encounters of the intimate kind.
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Photo by @FransLanting When cheetah cubs are two months old they are irresistible to watch. Siblings are sparring partners around the clock. But the odds against their survival are not as appealing. More than half of all cheetah cubs do not survive their first four weeks of life and most of the rest do not make it beyond their first year. Cheetahs can’t climb trees like leopards, they can’t dig burrows like hyenas, and they’re not social like lions, so they are always vulnerable no matter where they are. When we worked with cheetah families in the wild we were always concerned about their safety, yet we could not interfere in their individual lives. But we can contribute to their survival as a species. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to learn more about the plight of cheetahs. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #CheetahConservationFund #Panthera #Endangered #Cute #Play


Photo by @FransLanting Adorable, but vulnerable. A four week old cheetah cub is checking out its surroundings from a rock outcrop on the Serengeti Plains. It had emerged only days earlier from a den where its mother had hidden her offspring. Cheetahs are the most vulnerable of the world’s big cats, with cub mortality as high as 95 percent, often due to predation by lions and hyenas. But studies have shown that a small number of cheetah females are so good at raising cubs against all odds that we can call them “supermoms.” I wish there were more of them. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of cheetahs and other inhabitants of wild Africa. @natgeocreative @thephotosociety#Cheetah #BigCats #BigCatsInitiative #CheetahConservationFund #Panthera #Endangered


Photo by @FransLanting One day when I traveled across the Indian Ocean from Africa to Madagascar, I watched layers of monsoon clouds cast shadows on the sea. Sunlight diffracting through the plane’s window created the semblance of a rainbow that underscored the ephemeral beauty of the planetary membrane we call atmosphere. We take this peculiar mix of air and water for granted, but we need it every breath of our lives. This is one of the key images featured in our LIFE Symphony, which will be performed in Rome, Italy on April 17. LIFE is a celebration of our living planet. Learn more by checking the link in my bio. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories about the wonder of life on earth. @natgeo @natgeotravel @thephotosociety @leonardodicaprio #Earth #Planet #LivingPlanet #Wonder #Gratitude


Photo by @FransLanting It’s rush hour at a waterhole in Namibia where zebras mix with thirsty giraffes. Those amazing animals have got some ingenious plumbing built into their bodies. Their hearts are huge so they can push blood up seven feet to their heads when they stand upright. But when giraffes bend down to drink, special valves in their jugular veins close to reduce the blood flow to their heads and mitigate pressure on their brains. Is that enough to make you feel dizzy? Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories from the wondrous world of nature. #Thephotosociety #Safari #Namibia #Desert #Giraffe #Wildlifephotography #Wildlife


Video by @ChristineEckstrom and @FransLanting Zambia’s Luangwa River supports an amazing population of hippos. They cluster in places where the water is deep enough for them to submerge themselves. Here’s an impression of one really large gathering along a bend in the river where we camped on assignment for @natgeo. It gets a bit noisy when hundreds of hippos are talking to each other in guttural grunts punctuated by amusing squeaks and we had a hard time sleeping sometimes. Hippos get sunburned easily, so they stay underwater during the day and wait until nightfall to come out of the water to graze. They spook easily, so we had to be careful with our approach. This video was captured with a camera in infrared mode. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom to see more videos and stills of wildlife spectacles in Africa. @thephotosociety #Hippo #Zambia #LuangwaValley #Wildlifephotography #Safari


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