Chris Eckstrom is a writer and videographer whose work celebrates the natural world and explores the coexistence of people and wildlife. http://www.lanting.com/chris-eckstrom
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Photo by @franslanting the outcome of king penguin love is one fluffy chick, which takes a year to mature. this one has survived the long cold winter when parents go far offshore and rarely come back to feed their offspring. it’s an ordeal for young king penguins and a thick brown downy coat helps them survive. this young king penguin has only a month or so to go before it will be ready to take its first plunge into the frigid waters surrounding south georgia, near antarctica. the seas around the island are brimming with krill which sustains spectacular numbers of penguins, other seabirds, and marine mammals. this is truly one of the great wildlife sanctuaries on the planet and we are thrilled to be on an expedition ship voyaging aroun d this remote island in the southern ocean. follow us @christineeckstrom and @franslanting for more stories about south georgia, the "island of kings." #kingpenguin #penguin #fluffy #happy #f*t #wildlife #nature #southernocean #antarctica

3 weeks ago comment 67 star 7,465

Photo by @franslanting elephant seals and king penguins crowd the beaches of south georgia island during the austral spring—right now. the wildlife here is dependent on the rich marine resources of the southern ocean that surrounds this remarkable island. the elephant seals in this image were just finishing up their breeding season. the adult king penguins are mixed in with their fluffy brown chicks, who will shed their downy feathers this season and head to sea. follow us @christineeckstrom and @franslanting for more stories from the southern ocean. #southgeorgia #penguins #kingpenguins #southern ocean #conservation

3 weeks ago comment 178 star 12,068

Standing at the edge of a king penguin colony on south georgia is an overwhelming sensory experience. fluffy brown chicks, their bellies sagging with food, are whistling for their parents—and more to eat. adults are trumpeting, displaying, grooming—and some are just in from the sea with squid to regurgitate to their offspring. it’s easy to see why the early whalers who came here thought they were looking at two separate species of penguin. but underneath each chick's downy feathers, there is a sleek black-and-white bird with bright orange neck patches waiting to make an appearance. follow us @franslanting and @christineeckstrom as we return to south georgia to share more stories of the remarkable wildlife there.
#southgeorgiaisland #kingpenguin #wild

4 weeks ago comment 88 star 7,926

“dutch light” the view of amsterdam’s singel canal from our hotel window yesterday gave me a sense of the magical quality of light in the netherlands, which is famous for having inspired artists here for centuries. painters like vermeer, monet, and mondriaan were captivated by the luminous light in a country writers have described as “a land of water and sky” and “bathed in light and air.” yesterday was one of those days of glittering radiance and mesmerizing reflections. thank you @franslanting for sharing holland with me.
(photo made with my iphone)
#amsterdam #dutchlight #netherlands #reflections

last month comment 73 star 4,862

When @franslanting received the first-ever lifetime achievement award at the wildlife photographer of the year competition in london the other night, memories of our fieldwork around the world came flooding back for both of us—including our work on assignment for @natgeo in botswana’s okavango delta. we were feeling invincible then, and i was feeling at one with the okavango when i dove in to flow with the current and the soft ribbons of aquatic plants in the heart of the swamp. but i wasn’t thinking about the delta’s prolific crocodiles—and luckily, the crocs weren’t thinking about me. follow us @franslanting and @christineeckstrom for more stories of wildlife and wild places.

@nhm_wpy #okavango #botswana #wild #wonder #crocodiles

last month comment 57 star 5,212

Last night, @franslanting was honored with the first lifetime achievement award at the wildlife photographer of the year gala ceremony in london’s magnificent natural history museum, and he was presented with a beautiful sculpture of a bull elephant. when i looked at the sculpture closely, i recognized the individual elephant! it was "survivor," a famous elephant in zambia's north luangwa national park, who has a distinctive hole in one ear. survivor lived through a poaching holocaust in the 1980s and he was written up in mark and delia owens' books "eye of the elephant" and "survivor’s song." we learned that the sculpture was inspired by a photo frans had made years ago of survivor. i can hardly contain my amazement, but even more, this lovely depiction of survivor is such a validation of frans's fundamental belief that every animal is a unique individual, worthy of our respect. i share that belief with all my heart.
there is a new elephant poaching crisis now, we are sorry to say. frans and i respectfully ask that you consider supporting the organizations that can help stop the killing and secure a future for elephants. proceeds from a limited edition print of frans’s image entitled "twilight of the giants" will benefit their cause. check the link in frans’s bio @franslanting to learn more.
@elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants @wildaid @wildnetorg @nhm_wpy @lizbonnin @eichhornruth #elephants #elephantcrisisfund #ivory #nhm_wpy

last month comment 145 star 5,108

A flash flood was just subsiding when i trudged through muddy waters in utah's paria canyon. we backpacked there for five days, and rode out the flood camped on a ledge inside the canyon, whose towering red rock walls have been sculpted by water over the eons and are awesome to behold. this spectacular place is part of the paria canyon-vermilion cliffs wilderness area on the border of utah and arizona. paria is a masterpiece of nature, and it is one of many of america’s national public lands that are held in trust for all of us to experience. but like everything we consider precious, we have to work to keep these places protected. many of our public lands are now under assault by those who want to open them to exploitation by private interests or sell them off for short-term gain. i encourage you to join the fight to preserve our public lands. this land is our land. photos by @franslanting

#protectourpublicland #ourwild @thewildernesssociety #nationalpubliclandsday #wilderness #pariacanyon

October 2018 comment 42 star 3,738

This is a moment i’ll always remember, standing in the heart of the great sand sea of namibia, in the southwest corner of africa. around me stretched miles of golden dunes, rolling in waves to every horizon. this area is known as the sperrgebiet—german for “prohibited zone”—a former diamond-mining concession that was off-limits for nearly a century. that is part of what kept it pristine, and now it’s a national park. namibia as a nation is less than 30 years old, but it has made groundbreaking moves, including making environmental protection and conservation of its natural resources a part of its constitution--the only nation in the world to do so. i love to share stories of inspiration—they lift my spirit in the telling. today is another day i’ll always remember, and i thank all of you who help support the causes frans lanting and i embrace and share in our social media. photo by @franslanting, who lifts my spirit every day.
#namibia #solitude #dunes #sperrgebiet #wild #nature

September 2018 comment 103 star 7,061

One of the last strongholds in the world for black rhinos is namibia, in the southwest corner of africa. frans lanting and i traveled to a remote region there called damaraland with simson uri-khob, the ceo of save the rhino trust. we wanted to catch a glimpse of the fabled desert rhino, and simson guided us to a beautiful female and calf, who roam free in a landscape with no fences. i share this video in celebration of world rhino day, september 22, and urge you to support the people and organizations who are working hard to secure a future for rhinos in the wild.

@rhinodaysept22 @wildaid @world_wildlife @savetherhino @lewa_wildlife #rhino #savetherhino #naturelovers @rememberingrhino

September 2018 comment 31 star 2,300

Photo by @franslanting . he is a primate the size of a human hand, and we encountered him in the jungle of northern borneo. he’s a tarsier, and his features are designed for nighttime hunting—powerful legs to jump, sucker pads on his fingers and toes for clinging, huge radar ears to detect the slightest sound—but it’s his eyes that are truly extraordinary: they are 150 times bigger in relation to his size than are ours. he opens them wide to see through the darkness and hunt insects like katydids on the blackest of nights. scientists consider tarsiers to be a model for the very earliest primate from which all others evolved long ago, and the way they touch our human emotions shows the connections we share. follow us @christineeckstrom and @franslanting for more wonders from the animal world. @thephotosociety #borneo #primate #jungle #rainforest #tarsier #wonder

September 2018 comment 118 star 8,614

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we found this astonishing blossom emerging from the rain forest floor in borneo. it is the world’s largest flower, known as rafflesia, and it is three feet wide—the size of a tractor tire. rafflesia is a mysterious parasitic plant that has no stems, leaves, or roots. it lives hidden underground inside a specific host vine and only expresses its presence when it swells up from the leaf litter and opens up as this otherworldly, electric-orange flower. its petals are thick and rubbery, but they don’t last long in the tropical heat. within hours, cracks appeared in the petals, and by the next morning, the bloom had collapsed. the second image shows another decaying bloom we found. somewhere in its short life, flies pollinate the flowers, and tiny tree shrews disperse its seeds. photos by @franslanting . follow us @christineeckstrom and @franslanting for more stories about the remarkable life of rain forests.

@natgeocreative @thephotosociety @leonardodicapriofdn #borneo #rafflesia #wonder #amazing #jungles #naturephotography

August 2018 comment 397 star 14,131

I love this image and this message. #regram photo by @franslanting a gathering of bull elephants animates the dawn like only they can. you can almost hear their rumbling. i share this image in recognition of world elephant day, august 12, to celebrate the majesty of elephants and to draw attention to the organizations that have forged a strong coalition aimed at reversing the poaching crisis that has decimated elephant populations almost everywhere. the @elephantcrisisfund was established by @savetheelephants in partnership with @leonardodicapriofdn and @wildnetorg. they support the right people in the right places and they are making a real difference. check them out and lend your support so they can do even better. and follow us @franslanting and @christineeckstrom for more intimate encounters with elephants.
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #elephants #respect #dignity #conservation #wonder #naturelovers #botswana

August 2018 comment 65 star 8,160