Photo by @FransLanting If this photo was made at Loch Ness it might create a sensation. But instead of a dinosaur it shows an elephant crossing the Chobe River between Botswana and Namibia with only the tip of its trunk visible above water. This boundary area is a crucial corridor for multitudes of elephants migrating between these two countries across fertile river floodplains and into their dry hinterlands. More than 100,000 elephants congregate in a region that may be the last best place for elephants in Africa. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa," which has just been released. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories of wild Africa and to learn about the book.
One day I peered down into a clear lagoon in the Okavango Delta and noticed how a patch of water lilies was anchored in desert sand. An idea took hold. I slipped in and sank to the bottom. Looking up, I saw that the lilies symbolized the essential wonder of the delta: This great wetland, with its abundance of life, is really just a thin sheet of water stretched across Kalahari sand.
This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa,” which has just been published. If you are in the Netherlands, please consider joining me on Saturday October 28 at Cinemec in Ede, where I will do a presentation about “Into Africa,” sponsored by @NatGeo. Books will be available for sale and signing. For event details, go to www.Cinemec.nl. A reminder to all our friends in the Netherlands and Belgium: Tomorrow, October 25, is the last day you can vote for your favorite images shortlisted for this year’s WNF-Frans Lanting Award. Go to www.wnf.nl/photoaward to see the images that are vying for the top awards and cast your vote.
I am pleased to announce the publication of our new book, INTO AFRICA. The result of many journeys across the continent over the past three decades, it captures the wonders of wild Africa—and shows what is at stake in the twenty-first century.
The trade edition of the book is published in English, German, and Dutch editions, and is now available in stores and online. French and Chinese editions are in development for next year. In collaboration with our publisher, Insight Editions, we have also produced a luxurious Collector’s Edition of INTO AFRICA. This exclusive edition of the book is limited to 250 numbered copies and will be available in November. Copies can be pre-ordered now from our studio and delivered in time for the holidays. Click on the web link in my Instagram bio for more details.
I hope you will enjoy our new book!
In the week to come we will celebrate the natural heritage of Africa in connection with the release of our new book, “INTO AFRICA," which covers more than 30 years of our field work on that great continent. We want to draw attention to what is at stake for its wild places and its wildlife as Africa modernizes fast. In this image towering sand dunes roll down to the South Atlantic Ocean on the wild Skeleton Coast of Namibia, in the southwest corner of Africa. This area was once known as the Sperrgebiet—German for “prohibited zone”—and was off limits to outsiders for more than a century as an exclusive diamond-mining concession. A few years ago the government of Namibia turned this area into a new national park, part of a bold effort to protect its entire coastline. We hope that Namibia’s commitment to conservation can serve as an inspiring example for other nations. Go to the link in my Instagram bio to learn more about our “INTO AFRICA” book. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wild Africa. @natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety@leonardodicaprio#Africa#Namibia#SkeletonCoast#Conservation#Explore#Safari
A ribbon of water winds across dry plains surrounding Botswana’s Okavango Delta as morning mist shrouds the contours of the landscape. The delta is an intricate tapestry of dry land and wet land, with ever shifting boundaries defined by the ebb and flow of water. Fed by a river that begins a thousand miles away in the highlands of Angola, the delta spreads out across the Kalahari Desert sands of northern Botswana. The miracle of water in the desert attracts animals from antelopes to elephants—and supports a thriving regional economy based on high-quality, low-impact tourism. This image is featured in our new book, “Into Africa,” which will be released in October. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of wild places around the world. @natgeo@natgeotravel@natgeocreative@thephotosociety#Okavango #Nature#Botswana #Dawn #Explore
On Sep. 22 we celebrate World Rhino Day — She is massive, armed with horns and protected by thick skin, and yet she is utterly vulnerable. One ear is pointing my way, the other faces backwards. Rhinos make up for not seeing well with a sharp sense of hearing. Her calf is just curious, and has no clue what is facing them. But we know what is happening to them across Africa and Asia. Rhinos are in imminent danger of extinction in the wild. And that is why we need to celebrate World Rhino Day—to draw attention to them and to the people and organizations that are making a difference where it matters, in the hallways of governments and in the front lines of protection on the ground. I hope you will support them so that rhinos will get a fighting chance. Follow me @FransLanting for more stories about rhinos and how you can help.
The spiny desert of Madagascar is as otherworldly as it appears. More than 90% of all plants that thrive here are found nowhere else on earth—not even in other parts of Madagascar. The striking sights in this unique landscape include the twisted tentacles of the octopus tree, which resembles a cactus but it is not. It is one of the many astonishing examples of Madagascar’s parallel evolution. Lifeforms different in origin may end up looking alike when faced with similar conditions over long periods of time. Follow me @FransLanting for new discoveries from Madagascar.
Fall colors erupt when plants quit producing chlorophyll as days grow shorter. The yellows and reds we see are stages in this seasonal retreat of life. In the Arctic, the height of fall color comes and goes in a matter of days. In Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, I captured the fleeting nature of this phenomenon by contrasting the peaking colors on the slope in the foreground with those already fading on the opposite side. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of our living planet.
Palm trees dot a savanna in southern Madagascar. Once this great island supported an amazing cast of animal characters from pygmy hippos to giant tortoises with lemurs the size of gorillas and flightless elephant birds mixed in. They disappeared after humans colonized Madagascar some two thousand years ago. In many ways Madagascar is a microcosmos of our planet in peril. I’m about to go back there to document changes in our lifetime. Follow me @FransLanting to see what I will find.
Photo by @FransLanting Magic light is what I look for all the time to add an exclamation mark to my images. It can occur at dawn or dusk, when light gives way to shadows or vice versa, but in slot canyons it happens in the middle of the day. Here’s another image from one of those temples of nature. Shafts of light suffused with dust can penetrate deep into a narrow canyon whose sandstone walls are shaped by water over time. Sunlight from high above reflects back and forth between the walls and creates an ethereal luminosity deep down below like a cathedral illuminated through stained glass windows. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of these special places.
Backpacking into a deep canyon in the American Southwest is an otherworldly experience. You feel like you’re getting swallowed up by the earth itself. On this particular trip we got surprised by a flash flood caused by a thunderstorm upstream and we were pinned down on a narrow raised beach watching a raging river carry debris downstream. We had to wait for two days before we could hike out. It's the power of water that shapes this awesome world of rock.
Usually the magic light that can transform an ordinary scene into something extraordinary occurs at dawn or dusk, but in Arizona’s slot canyons it happens in the middle of the day. That’s when a shaft of light suffused with dust penetrates deep into a narrow canyon whose sandstone walls are shaped by water over time. Light bounces back and forth between the walls and it creates an ethereal luminosity at the bottom that is reminiscent of a cathedral. This particular canyon is located on Navajo tribal land. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of special places around the world.
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