TO OCTOBER 19

Because I love wildlife more in theory than in practice, I am deeply indebted to the wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Penguins, lemurs, and elephants are endlessly fascinating and charming—but who has the time, money, and intestinal fortitude to trek to Antarctica, Madagascar, or Kenya to visit them in the wild? Lanting does all the hard stuff for us armchair travelers. He’s been to all these places, and wherever he goes he brings back fascinating pictures. “Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters With the Animal World” offers three types of images: extreme close-ups that all but pierce the souls of his subjects, portraits of animals dwarfed by their serene and often dazzling habitats, and images of motion incarnate—butterflies, birds, and cichlids that spill out of his frames with centrifugal intensity. Lanting makes you want to buy a ticket to South Georgia Island or the rain forests of Borneo—almost. At the National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall, 17th & M Sts. NW. FREE. (202) 857-7588. (Louis Jacobson)