Tim Laman


Tim was born in Japan and he returned their for this project to attempt to capture another side of Japan that few people realize even exists -- the winter gatherings of wildlife, especially in the Northern island of Hokkaido. This story was published in National Geographic Magazine in January 2003.

To see more images of Japan's winter please visit Tim Laman's Japan's Winter Wildlife gallery on his Online Archive.

Roosting Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) awake to the dawn mist on the Setsuri River, Hokkaido.
A Japanese Macaque c or Snow Monkey, is groomed by her companion while she soaks in a hot spring.
Whooper Swans call on frozen Lake Kusharo.
Whooper Swans awake at dawn on Kusharo Lake.
Cliff, pine, and passing cormorant.
Three Whooper Swans in flight.
A Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata), or Snow Monkey, among snow-covered branches.
A pair of Red-crowned Cranes (Grus japonensis) perform a unison dance in a snowstorm.
A Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) bows during a mating dance.
A willow tit (Parus montanus) in a light snowfall.
A Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) comes in for a landing in a snowstorm.