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Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos are our closest cousins on the great tree of life and we may be on the brink of losing them forever. I am taking over @Care2’s Instagram today to help spread word about @Bonobodotorg and their campaign to establish Peace Forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only place where Bonobos survive in the wild. Go there now and learn what you can do to support that effort. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with our relatives on the tree of life..

Photo by @FransLanting Bonobos are our closest cousins on the great tree of life and we may be on the brink of losing them forever. I am taking over @Care 2’s Instagram today to help spread word about @Bonobodotorg and their campaign to establish Peace Forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the only place where Bonobos survive in the wild. Go there now and learn what you can do to support that effort. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more close encounters with our relatives on the tree of life. ...

Photo by @FransLanting Today we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and I’d like to pay tribute to the billions of feathered creatures who trace pathways in the sky and connect distant places through their annual journeys. I made this image of migratory snow geese flying in front of the moon not long ago at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in California. They were getting restless in anticipation of their epic journey to the Arctic where they nest. How they navigate using clues like stars, moon and weather fills me with wonder and respect. Like other migratory birds they face many hazards along the way and those obstacles are increasingly manmade on this crowded planet. Check some of the links below to learn more. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we take you around the world for more encounters with the wild.
@WorldMigratoryBirdDay @USFWS @CornellBirds @Birdlife_Insta #RSPB #Wonder #Respect #Migration.

Photo by @FransLanting Today we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day and I’d like to pay tribute to the billions of feathered creatures who trace pathways in the sky and connect distant places through their annual journeys. I made this image of migratory snow geese flying in front of the moon not long ago at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in California. They were getting restless in anticipation of their epic journey to the Arctic where they nest. How they navigate using clues like stars, moon and weather fills me with wonder and respect. Like other migratory birds they face many hazards along the way and those obstacles are increasingly manmade on this crowded planet. Check some of the links below to learn more. And follow me @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom as we take you around the world for more encounters with the wild. @WorldMigratoryBirdDay @USFWS @CornellBirds @Birdlife_Insta #RSPB #Wonder #Respect #Migration ...

Photo by @FransLanting We need nature to survive, yet less than 15% of all land and only 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. The latest science shows we need to do much more to stop the wildlife extinction crisis and to turn the tide on the climate crisis. Investing in nature now will pay off for generations to come. On this Earth Day I’d like to ask you to join me in signing the #GlobalDealforNature petition that urges world leaders to take action to protect our planet. It provides support for an important new initiative aimed at significantly expanding the amount of land and ocean protected areas. It is endorsed by many of the world’s leading conservationists. Go to globaldealfornature.org to sign or click on the link in my Instagram bio. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of our precious living earth. @LeonardodiCaprio @LeonardodiCaprioFdn #EarthDay #GlobalDealforNature #Nature #Conservation.

Photo by @FransLanting We need nature to survive, yet less than 15% of all land and only 5% of the world’s oceans are protected. The latest science shows we need to do much more to stop the wildlife extinction crisis and to turn the tide on the climate crisis. Investing in nature now will pay off for generations to come. On this Earth Day I’d like to ask you to join me in signing the #GlobalDealforNature petition that urges world leaders to take action to protect our planet. It provides support for an important new initiative aimed at significantly expanding the amount of land and ocean protected areas. It is endorsed by many of the world’s leading conservationists. Go to globaldealfornature.org to sign or click on the link in my Instagram bio. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more images of our precious living earth. @LeonardodiCaprio @LeonardodiCaprioFdn #EarthDay #GlobalDealforNature #Nature #Conservation ...

Photos by @FransLanting The best way to document endangered animals like the Asiatic cheetah, which occurs only in Iran, is to use camera traps. It took the combined expertise of Iranian scientists and local wildlife rangers along with the permission of Iran’s Department of Environment and the support of an @NatGeo assignment to enable me to make this rare image of a male cheetah crossing a mountain pass. The second photo shows the teamwork that is required in the field. I am thankful to my friends in Iran for their help and devastated that two of the people shown in this photo have been in jail for more than a year now, accused of using camera traps for espionage: One of them may face the death penalty. But camera traps are not spy tools. Houman Jowkar and Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi worked with the government, not against it, and local rangers worked with them in the field. They were not operating on their own. They are patriots dedicated to saving one of Iran’s most powerful natural symbols from extinction. Yet they are on trial now along with six of their colleagues shown together in the third photo. Please spread word about this injustice and sign the Care2 petition by clicking on the link in my Instagram bio. 
@hrouhani @jzarif_ir @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @richardbranson @leonardodicaprio @hope4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #Free_Iran_Conservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature⁩⁩ #ConservationNeedsCameratraps #cheetahs #bigcats  #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 #اميد_براى_طبيعت #فعالان_محيط_زيست #اميرحسين_خالقي #سپيده_كاشانى #اميرحسين_خالقي #هومن_جوكار #سپيده_كاشانى #سام_رجبى #طاهر_قديريان #مراد_طاهبا #عبدالرضا_كوهپايه #اميد_براى #اميد_براى_طبيعت.

Photos by @FransLanting The best way to document endangered animals like the Asiatic cheetah, which occurs only in Iran, is to use camera traps. It took the combined expertise of Iranian scientists and local wildlife rangers along with the permission of Iran’s Department of Environment and the support of an @NatGeo assignment to enable me to make this rare image of a male cheetah crossing a mountain pass. The second photo shows the teamwork that is required in the field. I am thankful to my friends in Iran for their help and devastated that two of the people shown in this photo have been in jail for more than a year now, accused of using camera traps for espionage: One of them may face the death penalty. But camera traps are not spy tools. Houman Jowkar and Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi worked with the government, not against it, and local rangers worked with them in the field. They were not operating on their own. They are patriots dedicated to saving one of Iran’s most powerful natural symbols from extinction. Yet they are on trial now along with six of their colleagues shown together in the third photo. Please spread word about this injustice and sign the Care2 petition by clicking on the link in my Instagram bio. @hrouhani @jzarif_ir @hediyehtehrany @Reza_Kianian_Official @mitra.hajjar @raisi_org @richardbranson @leonardodicaprio @hope 4nature #ConservationIsNotaCrime #Free_Iran_Conservationists #anyhopefornature #hope4nature ⁩⁩ #ConservationNeedsCameratraps #cheetahs #bigcats #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 #اميد_براى_طبيعت #فعالان_محيط_زيست #اميرحسين_خالقي #سپيده_كاشانى #اميرحسين_خالقي #هومن_جوكار #سپيده_كاشانى #سام_رجبى #طاهر_قديريان #مراد_طاهبا #عبدالرضا_كوهپايه #اميد_براى #اميد_براى_طبيعت ...

Photo by @FransLanting Earth Hour is on tonight. I hope you will join us and remind your friends, no matter where you are, to turn off the lights at 8:30 pm local time, for one hour. Show your solidarity with this global initiative and let the Earth shine! 
@EarthHourOfficial @EarthOfficial@world_wildlife @Leonardodicaprio #EarthHour2019 #EarthHour #WNFNederland #WWF #Leonardodicaprio #EarthOfficial.

Photo by @FransLanting Earth Hour is on tonight. I hope you will join us and remind your friends, no matter where you are, to turn off the lights at 8:30 pm local time, for one hour. Show your solidarity with this global initiative and let the Earth shine! @EarthHourOfficial @EarthOfficial @world_wildlife @Leonardodicaprio #EarthHour2019 #EarthHour #WNFNederland #WWF #Leonardodicaprio #EarthOfficial ...

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 ...

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