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Photo by @FransLanting I invite you to join me for my new online photography course, tomorrow, Wednesday March 20, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Creative Live. It’s free for anyone to watch live—you only have to RSVP for the course on CreativeLive’s site. See the link in my bio. My course will be streamed live and free for 24 hours—in case you're in another time zone.
The course is titled “The Art of Photographing Birds,” and I will share specific techniques as well as creative ideas to help you make better portraits of birds, capture them in flight, and show birds as part of landscapes and human environments. I will share insights about equipment and some of my favorite places to photograph birds. I’ll take you on the field trip I made to California’s Sacramento Valley with two photography students to capture images of spectacular flocks of snow geese and other waterfowl. As a special feature of this course, I will be offering a critique of a selection of images submitted in advance by you, the audience. I’ll tell you more about this image I made in Brazil of two macaws flying wing to wing against a backdrop of sandstone walls glowing with late afternoon light. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from the wild. @CreativeLive @ThePhotoSociety #wildlifephotography #birds #birdphotography #photoworkshop #imagereview.

Photo by @FransLanting I invite you to join me for my new online photography course, tomorrow, Wednesday March 20, at 9:00 AM Pacific Time on Creative Live. It’s free for anyone to watch live—you only have to RSVP for the course on CreativeLive’s site. See the link in my bio. My course will be streamed live and free for 24 hours—in case you're in another time zone. The course is titled “The Art of Photographing Birds,” and I will share specific techniques as well as creative ideas to help you make better portraits of birds, capture them in flight, and show birds as part of landscapes and human environments. I will share insights about equipment and some of my favorite places to photograph birds. I’ll take you on the field trip I made to California’s Sacramento Valley with two photography students to capture images of spectacular flocks of snow geese and other waterfowl. As a special feature of this course, I will be offering a critique of a selection of images submitted in advance by you, the audience. I’ll tell you more about this image I made in Brazil of two macaws flying wing to wing against a backdrop of sandstone walls glowing with late afternoon light. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and stories from the wild. @CreativeLive @ThePhotoSociety #wildlifephotography #birds #birdphotography #photoworkshop #imagereview ...

Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage. 
If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran.

Photo by @FransLanting The Asiatic cheetah is facing a death sentence. Fewer than 50 survive—and only in Iran. But some of the best people dedicated to saving these unique cats from extinction are now in jail for their work and may even face the death penalty. They’ve been accused of using camera traps for espionage. But camera traps are only good for one thing—to capture images of animals at close range just like you see here. This rare image of a cheetah in Iran was captured by one of my camera traps while on assignment for @NatGeo. I worked there with permission and support of Iran’s Department of Environment, and with several of the excellent Iranian scientists who have been arrested. They belong to the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, but they worked closely with the government, and yet they are now on trial—for charges that are politically motivated. This is horrible for the individuals involved, but it is also a tragedy for the animal which faces extinction. And that is a great loss for everyone in Iran because the Asiatic cheetah is a powerful symbol for Iran’s unique natural heritage. If you care about cheetahs in Asia and the plight of the people whose mission is to protect them, please go to the link in my Instagram profile to read the story NatGeo just published and spread the word about it. You can also sign a petition to express your concern at Care2. Search for “conservationists face death penalty in Iran." @hrouhani @jzarif_ir @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @FedericaMog @leonardodicaprio @hope 4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #FreeIranianConservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature ⁩⁩#wildlife #conservation #cheetahs #bigcats #اميد_براى_طبيعت #امید_برای_طبیعت #فعالان_محیط_زیست #فعالان_محیط_زیستی #امیرحسین_خالقی #هومن_جوکار #طاهر_قدیریان #نیلوفر_بیانی #سام_رجبی #سپیده_کاشانی #مراد_طاهباز #عبدالرضا_کوهپایه #کاووس_سیدامامی ...

Photo by @FransLanting A reminder to all bird photographers! The deadline to submit photos of birds for my online image review during my upcoming @Creativelive course on bird photography, is this Thursday, March 14. I’m interested in reviewing bird photos of all kinds—portraits, action shots. Back yard birds and urban birds are especially welcome. I hope you’ll surprise me with your creativity. To submit your images, go to the link in my bio and scroll down to “Student Work—Upload to Gallery”. I made this image of a toco toucan in a bird park in Brazil and turned the amazing colors and patterns of the bird’s face into an abstraction. When you can get this close to birds, a new world of creative possibilities opens up.

Photo by @FransLanting A reminder to all bird photographers! The deadline to submit photos of birds for my online image review during my upcoming @Creativelive course on bird photography, is this Thursday, March 14. I’m interested in reviewing bird photos of all kinds—portraits, action shots. Back yard birds and urban birds are especially welcome. I hope you’ll surprise me with your creativity. To submit your images, go to the link in my bio and scroll down to “Student Work—Upload to Gallery”. I made this image of a toco toucan in a bird park in Brazil and turned the amazing colors and patterns of the bird’s face into an abstraction. When you can get this close to birds, a new world of creative possibilities opens up. "The Art of Photographing Birds” will be streamed live online March 20. You can pre-register to view this course for free no matter where you are. @CreativeLive @ThePhotoSociety #wildlifephotography #birds #Toucan #birdphotography #photoworkshop #imagereview ...

Photo by @FransLanting  As a regular contributor to @Natgeo I am proud that their account just reached 100 million followers. To celebrate this landmark, NatGeo has launched a photo contest for the next 24 hours that will give any of you a chance as well to have an image featured on @NatGeo. To submit, simply post your most NatGeo inspired photo on your own feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest. The top 10 photos will be posted on @Natgeo and the winner earns a photo safari to Tanzania. I made this photo of a remote valley in Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska on assignment for @NatGeo and it was liked by more than 1 million viewers. Remember to tag #NatGeo100Contest in the next 24 hours. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with the wild..

Photo by @FransLanting As a regular contributor to @Natgeo I am proud that their account just reached 100 million followers. To celebrate this landmark, NatGeo has launched a photo contest for the next 24 hours that will give any of you a chance as well to have an image featured on @NatGeo. To submit, simply post your most NatGeo inspired photo on your own feed using the hashtag #NatGeo100Contest . The top 10 photos will be posted on @Natgeo and the winner earns a photo safari to Tanzania. I made this photo of a remote valley in Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska on assignment for @NatGeo and it was liked by more than 1 million viewers. Remember to tag #NatGeo100Contest in the next 24 hours. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with the wild. ...

play_circle_filled Jaguars are coming back to Ibera, a wild wetland in northeast Argentina where they have been missing for nearly a century. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more about this remarkable story.

@ThePhotoSociety @CLTArgentina @Tompkins_Conservation @kristine_tompkins @LeonardoDiCaprioFDN @LeonardoDiCaprio #Jaguar #Rewilding.

Jaguars are coming back to Ibera, a wild wetland in northeast Argentina where they have been missing for nearly a century. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more about this remarkable story. @ThePhotoSociety @CLTArgentina @Tompkins_Conservation @kristine_tompkins @LeonardoDiCaprioFDN @LeonardoDiCaprio #Jaguar #Rewilding ...

Photo by @FransLanting Jaguars are the largest cats in the Americas, but this male was exceptionally massive. I photographed him in Brazil's Pantanal, a stronghold for jaguars and many other iconic animals like giant anteaters. This Saturday February 2 @ChristineEckstrom and I will do a presentation about “The Land of the Jaguars” in Santa Cruz, California at the Rio Theatre. Please join us if you can. Tickets are at seymourcenter.brownpapertickets.com or check their website. And if you can’t be there, stay tuned for more images from the wild wetlands of South America. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #Jaguar #Strength #BigCats #Pantanal #MontereyBay #SantaCruz.

Photo by @FransLanting Jaguars are the largest cats in the Americas, but this male was exceptionally massive. I photographed him in Brazil's Pantanal, a stronghold for jaguars and many other iconic animals like giant anteaters. This Saturday February 2 @ChristineEckstrom and I will do a presentation about “The Land of the Jaguars” in Santa Cruz, California at the Rio Theatre. Please join us if you can. Tickets are at seymourcenter.brownpapertickets.com or check their website. And if you can’t be there, stay tuned for more images from the wild wetlands of South America. @natgeotravel @thephotosociety #Jaguar #Strength #BigCats #Pantanal #MontereyBay #SantaCruz ...

play_circle_filled Video by @FransLanting Great flocks of waterfowl use the Pacific Flyway on their annual migratory journeys between the Far North and wintering grounds in California. Today the wetlands where they end up have shrunk to a fraction of their former size, and what remains is now intensively managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in order to allow the multitudes of birds dependent on it to survive in a much-reduced habitat. Snow geese arrive here after long flights from the Arctic. It gives me chills when I think of their endurance—some come from as far away as Siberia. Scientists call snow geese Anser Hyperboreus; it means “Bird from beyond the North Wind.” Whoever came up with that name was not just a scientist, but a poet as well. I like people who can use both sides of their brain and unite them. Photography requires that too; you have to be able to analyze and empathize to create meaningful images. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about nature’s vitality. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Bird #Migration #Waterfowl #Snowgeese #Birdphotography #Wildlifephotography #Nationalwildliferefuge.

Video by @FransLanting Great flocks of waterfowl use the Pacific Flyway on their annual migratory journeys between the Far North and wintering grounds in California. Today the wetlands where they end up have shrunk to a fraction of their former size, and what remains is now intensively managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in order to allow the multitudes of birds dependent on it to survive in a much-reduced habitat. Snow geese arrive here after long flights from the Arctic. It gives me chills when I think of their endurance—some come from as far away as Siberia. Scientists call snow geese Anser Hyperboreus; it means “Bird from beyond the North Wind.” Whoever came up with that name was not just a scientist, but a poet as well. I like people who can use both sides of their brain and unite them. Photography requires that too; you have to be able to analyze and empathize to create meaningful images. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about nature’s vitality. @Natgeocreative @Thephotosociety #Bird #Migration #Waterfowl #Snowgeese #Birdphotography #Wildlifephotography #Nationalwildliferefuge ...

Photo by @FransLanting For as long as anyone can remember, Monarch butterflies have fluttered from all over the American West to coastal California every fall to overwinter in a few sheltered places. In communities like Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz (my hometown for many years) their annual return has been as predictable as autumn colors are to people on the East Coast. I remember my amazement when I first saw them covering single trees by the thousands. But their wintering sites have become eerily quiet. A recent census by the Xerces Society confirms that the western Monarch population is in the midst of a catastrophic collapse. Their numbers have declined by more than 95% from more than ten million in the 1980s to a mere 20,000 today. The unthinkable is becoming a real possibility. Western Monarchs may go extinct if this trend continues. Researchers have not identified a single cause for this demise, but point to pesticides, habitat loss and drought as factors. Butterflies are barometers for an ecosystem’s health. When they go, we have reasons to worry, not just for them, but about ourselves too. It breaks my heart that a phenomenon that has been synonymous for generations with nature’s enduring cycles may turn into a new symbol for how seriously the balance of nature is being upset in our lifetime. What are your thoughts about this? Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we bear witness to our changing planet. @LeonardodiCapriofdn @Xercessociety @Thephotosociety #Monarchs #Endangered #Extinction #Nature #Butterfly #Santacruz #MontereyBay #California.

Photo by @FransLanting For as long as anyone can remember, Monarch butterflies have fluttered from all over the American West to coastal California every fall to overwinter in a few sheltered places. In communities like Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz (my hometown for many years) their annual return has been as predictable as autumn colors are to people on the East Coast. I remember my amazement when I first saw them covering single trees by the thousands. But their wintering sites have become eerily quiet. A recent census by the Xerces Society confirms that the western Monarch population is in the midst of a catastrophic collapse. Their numbers have declined by more than 95% from more than ten million in the 1980s to a mere 20,000 today. The unthinkable is becoming a real possibility. Western Monarchs may go extinct if this trend continues. Researchers have not identified a single cause for this demise, but point to pesticides, habitat loss and drought as factors. Butterflies are barometers for an ecosystem’s health. When they go, we have reasons to worry, not just for them, but about ourselves too. It breaks my heart that a phenomenon that has been synonymous for generations with nature’s enduring cycles may turn into a new symbol for how seriously the balance of nature is being upset in our lifetime. What are your thoughts about this? Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we bear witness to our changing planet. @LeonardodiCapriofdn @Xercessociety @Thephotosociety #Monarchs #Endangered #Extinction #Nature #Butterfly #Santacruz #MontereyBay #California ...

Photo by @FransLanting  Would you like me to review your best bird photos? I am looking for submissions of great images of birds to critique during my upcoming Creative Live course,

Photo by @FransLanting Would you like me to review your best bird photos? I am looking for submissions of great images of birds to critique during my upcoming Creative Live course, "The Art of Photographing Birds.” I’m interested in seeing bird photos of all kinds—portraits, action shots, birds in back yards, and in both urban and natural environments. I hope you’ll surprise me with your creativity. Go to the link in my bio, and scroll down to “Student Work—Upload to Gallery.” I made this image of snow geese taking off in California’s Sacramento Valley last week. I’ll be returning there later this month for the filming of my Creative Live course, which will be streamed live online on March 20. Stay tuned for more details. Follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of birds. @thephotosociety @creativelive #birds #birdphotography #snowgeese #birdmigration #SacramentoValley ...

play_circle_filled Video by @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom No matter where you are and what you believe in, we wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Prettige Feestdagen, Feliz Navidad,Mirary Fety Sambatra, اجازة سعيدة, 節日快樂, Selamat Hari Raya, 幸せな休日, Furaha Likizo, छुट्टियां आनंददायक हों, 행복 휴일, تعطیلات شاد and we hope for peace for this earth in the year to come. Follow us for stories about what we all have in common, our precious living planet. @FransLanting @ChristineEckstrom @thephotosociety #Holiday #Snow #Peace #Earth #Planet  #LivingPlanet #Gratitude #Hope.

Video by @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom No matter where you are and what you believe in, we wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Prettige Feestdagen, Feliz Navidad,Mirary Fety Sambatra, اجازة سعيدة, 節日快樂, Selamat Hari Raya, 幸せな休日, Furaha Likizo, छुट्टियां आनंददायक हों, 행복 휴일, تعطیلات شاد and we hope for peace for this earth in the year to come. Follow us for stories about what we all have in common, our precious living planet. @FransLanting @ChristineEckstrom @thephotosociety #Holiday #Snow #Peace #Earth #Planet #LivingPlanet #Gratitude #Hope ...

Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos along with chimps are our closest cousins on the tree of life. There are fewer than 15.000 of them in the forests of the Congo; the only place in the world where they live in the wild. They reproduce slowly; even a good bonobo mother can only raise one baby every five years. Only a few hundred bonobos are born every year and that means every single one of them is precious. This past year I went to the Congo with @Ashley_Judd and @ChristineEckstrom to help raise awareness about bonobos and to support the people who protect them. The Bonobo Conservation Initiative is doing important work in the Congo with local communities to empower them to save guard bonobos and the forests they depend on. Empathy and cooperation are hallmarks of bonobo social life and In that spirit I hope you can help us support BCI’s work by clicking on the link in their Instagram feed, @bonobodotorg, and by signing Ashley Judd’s Care2 petition, found in @Care2’s Instagram feed.
Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and videos from the heart of the Congo. @bonobodotorg, @ashley_judd, @care2, @Natureneedshalf #Bonobo, #Congo #Gratitude #Wildlife #Family #Ape.

Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos along with chimps are our closest cousins on the tree of life. There are fewer than 15.000 of them in the forests of the Congo; the only place in the world where they live in the wild. They reproduce slowly; even a good bonobo mother can only raise one baby every five years. Only a few hundred bonobos are born every year and that means every single one of them is precious. This past year I went to the Congo with @Ashley_Judd and @ChristineEckstrom to help raise awareness about bonobos and to support the people who protect them. The Bonobo Conservation Initiative is doing important work in the Congo with local communities to empower them to save guard bonobos and the forests they depend on. Empathy and cooperation are hallmarks of bonobo social life and In that spirit I hope you can help us support BCI’s work by clicking on the link in their Instagram feed, @bonobodotorg , and by signing Ashley Judd’s Care2 petition, found in @Care 2’s Instagram feed. Follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images and videos from the heart of the Congo. @bonobodotorg , @ashley_judd , @care 2, @Natureneedshalf #Bonobo , #Congo #Gratitude #Wildlife #Family #Ape ...

Photo by @FransLanting A bonobo cradles her infant in a tender embrace, but when you look at her right hand you can see the trauma she suffered when she was caught in a poacher’s snare. This past year @ChristineEckstrom and I joined @Ashley_judd and Sally Coxe for an expedition into the heart of the Congo; the only place in the world where bonobos live in the wild. Sally's organization, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative works there with local partners to help protect these amazing apes. Bonobos are not well known even though they are our closest primate cousins along with chimpanzees. While we get ready to gather with family for the holidays I hope you will join us in supporting the people who are working hard to ensure a future for our extended family members on the tree of life. You can help support BCI’s work by clicking on the link in their Instagram feed, @bonobodotorg, and by signing Ashley Judd’s Care2 petition, found in @Care2’s Instagram feed. Check @ChristineEckstrom to see a video that shows how bonobos take care of each other. @bonobodotorg, @ashley_judd, @care2, @Natureneedshalf, #Bonobo, #Congo #Gratitude #Wildlife #Family #Ape.

Photo by @FransLanting A bonobo cradles her infant in a tender embrace, but when you look at her right hand you can see the trauma she suffered when she was caught in a poacher’s snare. This past year @ChristineEckstrom and I joined @Ashley_judd and Sally Coxe for an expedition into the heart of the Congo; the only place in the world where bonobos live in the wild. Sally's organization, the Bonobo Conservation Initiative works there with local partners to help protect these amazing apes. Bonobos are not well known even though they are our closest primate cousins along with chimpanzees. While we get ready to gather with family for the holidays I hope you will join us in supporting the people who are working hard to ensure a future for our extended family members on the tree of life. You can help support BCI’s work by clicking on the link in their Instagram feed, @bonobodotorg , and by signing Ashley Judd’s Care2 petition, found in @Care 2’s Instagram feed. Check @ChristineEckstrom to see a video that shows how bonobos take care of each other. @bonobodotorg , @ashley_judd , @care 2, @Natureneedshalf , #Bonobo , #Congo #Gratitude #Wildlife #Family #Ape ...