Tim Laman

PHOTO GALLERIES: BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS

Tim Laman had 3 National Geographic articles that covered Conservation International's Biodiversity Hotspots around the world. He spent time shooting above and below the ocean in California, Pacific Islands and the Philippines.

A pod of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) swimming underwater by Nuku Hiva Island in French Polynesia.
  
Mastigias jelly (jellyfish) in a jellyfish lake in Palau in an above/below water split level view.
  
Sunset view of blooming Santa Cruz Island buckwheat (Eriogonum arborescens).  Endemic to Santa Cruz Island.  Channel Islands National Park.  Coastal sage scrub habitat, also called chaparrel.  Mediterrainan climate zone.
     
  
View of a giant kelp forest with surface sunlight near Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA.
  
A crab carries an upside-down jellyfish for camouflage or protection.
  
Close view of a brown pelican (Pelecanus Occidentalis) with breeding plumage in San Diego.
     
  
Close-up of a great basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in the snow.
  
California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) rest in warm light of sunrise at Goldfish Point, La Jolla, California.
  
Two endangered Marquesan Impearial-pigeons (Ducula galeata) calling from a tree on Huka Hiva Islands, Marquesas Islands.
     
  
A black necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) and its reflection in the water at Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve, California.
  
A palauan fruit dove (Ptilinopus pelewensis) perches on a tree branch in a tropical foreest of the Republic of Palau.
  
A dendrobium prasinum orchid blooms on a tree trunk in a rain forest.
     
  
Candleholder live-forever plant (Dudleya candelabrum) on a canyon wall seem to beckon pollinators in Channel Islands National Park.  Endemic species to California.  Endemic to the Northern Channel Islands only.
  
A musky fruit bat (Ptenochirus Sp.) eating a fig in Sierra Madre Natural Park, Luzon, Philippines.
  
Nudibranch (Nembrotha lineolata) grazes on colonial tunicates.
     
  
A giant jawfish holding a mouthfull of nearly ready to hatch eggs.  Jawfish hold their egg mass in their mouth for protection and aeration, only setting it down when they need to feed.  The jawfish lives in a burrow in the bottom, usually in coral rubble next to a reef.
  
A silhouetted duck landing at twilight in water near a seated duck in Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA.
  
Star trails and Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) at night in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
     
  
Aerial view of salt ponds with various colors of algae growing in them in the San Francisco Bay area.
  
Sooty Terns (Onychoprion fuscatus) hover over a nesting colony on an islet near Ua Huka Island,