Photo by @FransLanting // A handful of visitors is vastly outnumbered by the astonishing concentration of king penguins that gather on South Georgia Island’s Salisbury Plain every year. Brown chicks are mixed with adults ready to start a next breeding cycle. Follow me @FransLanting for more amazing images and stories of this Antarctic wildlife spectacle.
Petroglyphs in Comb Wash, Utah
Time lapse by @salvarezphoto (Stephen Alvarez)
Comb Wash runs through the heart of the Bears Ears National Monument. The floor of the wash is sprinkled with boulders that have fallen from the heights of Comb Ridge. Certain boulders seem to stand out within the landscape. Inevitably those rocks are carved with petroglyphs. Its a basic human instinct to mark our passage. I have an archaeologist friend who says that what people are doing with those carvings is making the landscape sacred. The landscape of the Bears Ears has thousands of petroglyphs and pictographs, it certainly feels sacred. The landscape is beautiful and open and empty. It also belongs to all Americans. Lets work to keep it that way. #standwithbearsears#bearsears#utah#ancientartarchive
Photo by @jasperdoest // Storks foraging on a local landfill site in Spain, where water is being sprayed over the waste in order to dilute the acids that are being released during the waste decomposition.
It was sobering to think of the symbol of new life carving a home in human waste. It is clear that the European white stork population has thrived as a result of this continuous food source, this is about change. While the storks have become largely depended on food leftovers in our municipal waste, even changing their migratory paths, this is about to change.
With the new European Union legislations on waste management, a lot of these open landfills are about to disappear. A great development. But on its own only a short-term solution. We need to start making efforts on a different level within the chain. Recycling at the end of the chain is not solving the problem as long as we're still overproducing.
And what about the storks? They became addicted to junkfood. Where will they go? What will happen is still unclear. We've created a mess...it's time to start thing about long-term solutions and clean up while we still can.
Photo by @hiddenwwi // This WWI underground city provided shelter for hundreds of young American soldiers from New England. They were modern people like us. They missed home, missed family and missed their girlfriends. We will never know if this soldier made it home to his girl. This underground city was an underground stone quarry for centuries before WWI. There is a beautiful carving of Saint Lawrence, created by quarryman in the 16th Century, that could easily be in a museum. The city is a hundred acres in size and lies beneath a beautiful French farm field. From the surface, you would never know it’s there. This site was featured in the recently aired Smithsonian Channel documentary “Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI”. The show will air again on March 25th. This photograph will be part of an upcoming 19 month exhibition of my work at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. The show opens April 6th. #history#hiddenwwi#wwi#hidden#smithsonian#europe#france
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mountain hare exposed in a warming world - For the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, I’m joining the #MakeClimateMatter online community. During my recent month long trip to work with Scotland’s mountain hares the unusual and disturbing lack of snow cover in the mountains made it clear to me that, not only is the warming climate adding yet another pressure to the already challenging existence of these valuable herbivores but that it’s becoming increasingly vital for photographers on the ground to reflect these dramatic climate shifts through our images. As such, over the next 2-3 days I’ll be posting some of my recent mountain hare images on my own page @andyparkinsonphoto, images that both reflect and draw attention to this alarming trend. Evolved over the millennia to blend seamlessly with their wintry habitats these hares are now left exposed, increasingly vulnerable to predation and absent of the camouflage that has served them so well. Where once the whitest coat proved to be the greatest asset it’s presence now potentially represents the greatest threat. These icons of our countryside, our only native hare species, are facing threats from all sides and so, as part of my ongoing work with WWF I’d be enormously grateful if you’d consider clicking the link in my bio to add your voice at wwf.org.uk/earthhour. You can also use the hashtag #MakeClimateMatter and help to spread the word. Earth Hour is the world’s biggest movement for action on climate change and so please do sign up to take part on 25th March at 8.30pm at wwf.org.uk/earthhour For more updates then you can also #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto#MakeClimateMatter#getinvolved#makeadifference#addyourvoice
Photo by @cookjenshel On World Water Day we are reminded of the all-important need for everyone on Earth to have access to clean and safe drinking water. In India, the task of gathering a family’s water needs is delegated to women and girls – who have to walk great distances with heavy loads several times a day – often in extreme heat. It is a dangerous job. Here in America, our safe water could be imperiled by threatened cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, please let your representatives know how important your clean and safe drinking water is. #worldwaterday
Photo by @FransLanting // “Rebirth” New forests of coastal redwoods are growing tall again close to where I live in Santa Cruz, California. They were nearly wiped out in the 19th century when forests were clearcut for the construction boom in San Francisco. California’s oldest state park was established in 1902 in the Santa Cruz Mountains to save the last giants. Forests are vital for us. They store carbon emitted by human activity worldwide, and they exhale oxygen into the atmosphere we all breathe every day. I share this in celebration of the International Day of Forests. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories from wild places around the world—and close to home.
Photo by: @camdavidsonphoto // In celebration of World Forest Day: an aerial of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridges of these mountains, connecting North Carolina in the south, to Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. To see more of my aerial work, please follow me @camdavidsonphoto#virginia#blueridge#forest
Photo by @hiddenwwi // This former World War I underground city now exists in complete darkness under a beautiful French farm field and no one but locals know that it’s there. A century ago, hundreds of young soldiers from New
England found shelter here for about six weeks during World War I. Men fought and died on the farmland just outside this site. In modern times we come to believe that most knowledge can be found on the
internet. What’s incredible about The Hidden World of World War I is that it remains largely unknown and is rarely mentioned on the internet. Part of the reason for this is that we must see things to believe that
they are real. Dozens and dozens of places presently exist underground from World War I that have never been seen in modern times. They lie in silence and darkness beneath private French farmlands. They
have never been photographed. Depicting them is technically challenging. This photograph was made using a complex technique to achieve Rembrandt type lighting in studio still life photography developed
by the master photographer Harold Ross. I was fortunate to study with Harold and have adapted his techniques to the WWI underground. This site was featured in the recently aired Smithsonian Channel
documentary “Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI”. It will air again on March 25th. This photograph will be part of an upcoming 19 month exhibition of my work at the Smithsonian National Air &
Space Museum in Washington, D.C.. The show opens April 6th. #history#hiddenwwi#wwi#hidden#smithsonian#europe#france
Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo. Trained and ready for freedom, Zhang Xiang (The Thoughtful One) takes her first steps into the Liziping Nature Reserve in 2013. She was the first female released since reintroductions began—and judging from her tracking-collar signals, she’s doing just fine.
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mountain hare on heather moorland – During my recent month long trip to Scotland there was an astonishing and worrying lack of snow coverage up in the Cairngorm mountains. This obviously has the potential to create a whole host of problems for the resident mountain hares, not least because their white pelage at this time of year has evolved specifically to act as camouflage against the predatory eyes of golden eagles. In the absence of snow in which to hide it will be these hares, the dramatically white ones, that will likely become the most vulnerable, such is the now conspicuous nature of their winter coats. On days such as these I specifically sought to work with these individuals, should they be confiding enough, as this climate related hardship is likely to become an important part of their ongoing story, as is the apparently pathological sickness in the minds of those that still take pleasure in their pointless slaughter. In photographic terms the overcast light, consistent and dull allowed me to shoot primarily on manual exposure. This was particularly useful in a situation such as this where, if all of a sudden the hare sat bolt upright then my frame would suddenly become filled with a bright white hare. My required exposure of course would be exactly as the consistent light would not have changed but had I left the camera on aperture priority then the image would suddenly start to become under-exposed. This is because the whiteness of the hare would fool the cameras light meter, making the camera think that the hare was brighter than it was. As such the camera would then decide to use a very fast shutter speed, too fast in fact, and hence create an under-exposed image. And that’s your photographic lesson for the day so for more photo tips then please do #followme at
In the early 1980s, I spent over three months hiking through Afghanistan in search of Massoud, the young commander hailed as the one who would stand against the heavy artillery of the Soviets who had invaded the country with their massive armies. Consequently, I shared the daily lives of his fighters whose courage was only equalled by their tenacity. Often, we marched after nightfall to avoid being caught by the fire of enemy helicopters. One night, they decided to throw caution to the winds and, in order to celebrate the marriage of one of their own, they lift a fire.
Photo by @FransLanting //King penguins molt before they start a new breeding cycle. On South Georgia Island masses of kings gather along glacial streams where they stand for several weeks while they shed their old feathers. During their molt, they cannot go to sea to feed because they are losing their insulation. So all these birds are fasting. They’ll drink water or eat snow, but that’s it. They lose a lot of weight but at the end of their molt, they look like brand new birds with striking yellow-orange neck patches that indicate they’re ready to breed. Follow me @FransLanting to see what happens next.
Photo by @davidalanharvey | My workshop class is rocking here in Old San Juan. I'm shooting too. Two of my muses for BeachGames in the last 2 years came together here. Olivia and Liaryz had not met prior. Yet they both fell into the spirit of the story.
Photo by @bethjwald // A horse grazes next to ducks in the Cambyretá Nature Reserve, part of the vast wetlands and grasslands of the Esteros del Iberá in Corrientes Province, northern Argentina. Through the work of the Conservation Land Trust Argentina (CLTA), and provincial and national partners, public and private lands are being turned into what will become Argentina’s largest National Park, Iberá National Park; CLTA is also working on species restoration and the preservation of the unique gaucho culture of Corrientes. I will be working with CLTA and their scientists this week and next, check out @bethjwald for more photos of their groundbreaking re-wilding and land conservation projects! www.conservationlandtrust.org, www.cltargentina.org #esterosdelibera#nationalpark#parquenacional#horse#photography#cambyretanaturereserve#wetlands#argentina#conservation#clta
Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo. In a large forested enclosure of the Wolong Reserve, panda keepers Ma Li and Liu Xiaoqiang listen for radio signals from a collared panda training to be released to the wild. Tracking can tell them how the cub is faring in the rougher terrain up the mountain.
Northern Woolly Spider Monkey or “Muriqui”, Brazil : Photo by Kevin Schafer – @schaferpho, @natgeo – Muriquis are splendidly designed for arboreal life, with powerful long arms and a prehensile tail that is every bit as useful, if not more so. They are the largest non-human primates in the New World, and one of the rarest primates on Earth, with only few hundred animals clinging to a few bits of forest habitat set adrift in an ever-expanding sea of farms and fields. Here, a female Muriqui moves deftly through the forest canopy, a new baby on her breast; a reason for hope. #muriqui#endangered#Mataatlantica#wildbrazil
Check out the latest from Jeff Gusky @hiddenwwi tonight at 10pm ET & PT on the @smithsonian_channel // Beneath beautiful farmlands in northeastern France lie dozens of vast stone quarries that were transformed into modern underground cities adjacent to the trenches of WWI. Their existence remains all but unknown to the outside world. This video answers part of the question about how I found the Hidden World of WWI.
The television documentary, Americans Underground: Secret City of WWI, will be rebroadcast tomorrow, March 17th on The Smithsonian Channel (@Smithsonian_Channel) at 10:00 pm ET & PT as well as 1:00 am ET & PT on March 18th.
On April 6th, an exhibition of my WWI photographs will open at The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibition runs for nearly 19 months. Please follow us @hiddenwwi for more updates! #history#hiddenwwi#wwi#hidden#smithsonian#europe#france
Photograph by @andyparkinsonphoto/@thephotosociety
Mountain hare emerging from his form – Understanding animal behaviour is one of the most important attributes in producing successful wildlife images and having photographed mountain hares for 15 years now, though I still have an enormous amount to learn, I do feel that I’m able to anticipate what they might do. I had seen this female tucked away in her form and as she was lying low I was able to edge ever closer. In these circumstances its always best to never present oneself in the distinct shape of a human as, even though they are not currently persecuted at this location the human form can still represent danger to them. When she did finally emerge she gave me this quizzical look before casually beginning to feed. In terms of exposure then as she emerged from her form the amount of white in the image varied significantly so, had I left the camera on aperture priority I would have got fluctuating, and inaccurate exposures. In these situations, where the overcast sky presents consistent light, I’m always careful to shoot on manual, checking my histogram regularly to ensure that the pixels are up to, but not climbing up the right hand side. This way I know that this white hare will show up as white and not as an underexposed, dull grey colour. If you haven’t already then please can I ask you to vote for my swan image which has been shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award in Bird Photographer of the Year. A live link is in my bio so please just click on that and then press ‘like’ when the swan image pops up as every vote counts and I would so appreciate your support. Everyone who likes and shares the image will be entered into a free raffle on March 21st to win a signed print of your choice from my Instagram gallery and a big shout out and thanks on my page. Thank you so much to everyone who has already helped, you’re absolute stars! Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto@natgeo@thephotosociety#mountainhare#andysphototours#ethicsbeforeimages#phototips#educateandinspire#nature#naturelovers#wildlifephotography
Photo by @FransLanting // One of my favorite places in the world is South Georgia Island in the Antarctic. Its beaches are always packed with wildlife dependent on the rich marine resources of the Southern Ocean that surrounds this remarkable island. In this image you can see multitudes of elephant seals and king penguins mixed together. There are king penguin adults in their immaculate plumage as well as fluffy brown chicks. A special message for photographers in the UK: I will be presenting at "The Photography Show" in Birmingham this Sunday March 19 at 3 pm and Monday March 20 at 11 am. This is a brand new show based on my exhibition, "Dialogues with Nature," which was launched this past summer in the Netherlands. It gives an overview of my career featuring images from five of my signature projects produced over a period of 40 years. You'll see classics, but also previously unpublished images and lots of stories. I hope to see you there! Follow me @FransLanting to see more wildlife wonders.
Photo by @amivitale on assignment for @natgeo. In the Bifengxia panda center nursery, keeper Li Feng handles a two-month-old cub. About 50 percent of giant panda births in captivity produce twins, but most mothers will care for only one infant, so human keepers pitch in. In the wild it’s likely that only one cub of two would survive.