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Floris van Breugel has a PhD in neuroscience inspired engineering, and when not out photographing, you can find him in the lab working towards understanding how insect brains work. This scientific mindset has had a strong influence on his photography, and he is keenly interested in discovering and sharing interesting phenomenon through unique and curiosity-inspiring imagery.



In his landscape and wildlife images, Floris tries to capture the feeling of solitude, the peace and quiet, and the freedom that wilderness offers. He is most at home making images far away from the ever-encroaching crowds of civilization, and specializes in exploring the wilderness areas near his home in the American west.



Floris' images have been successful in international competitions such as the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards and Nature's Best, and have been published in magazines including Living Bird, Terra, Geo, and NaturFoto.


Autumn colours of Aspen tree (Populus tremula) Sierra Nevada, California, USA. September 2009 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Autumn colours of Aspen tree (Populus tremula) Sierra Nevada, California, USA. September 2009
An orange California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) blooming, Mount Diablo State Park,  California - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / An orange California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) blooming, Mount Diablo State Park, California
Aspen leaves on an early snow, North Fork of Bishop Creek, near Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California, USA, October. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Aspen leaves on an early snow, North Fork of Bishop Creek, near Bishop, Eastern Sierra, California, USA, October.
Wild oats (Avena)  Mt. Diablo State Park, California, USA. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Wild oats (Avena) Mt. Diablo State Park, California, USA.
Aerial view of spring wildflower displays, Phacelia (purple) San Joaquin Blazing Star (orange) and Coreopsis (yellow) Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, USA, April 2010 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Aerial view of spring wildflower displays, Phacelia (purple) San Joaquin Blazing Star (orange) and Coreopsis (yellow) Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, USA, April 2010
Tiny jewel like pebbles collect in the cave-like features of a Tafoni riddled rock along the near Santa Cruz, California, USA - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Tiny jewel like pebbles collect in the cave-like features of a Tafoni riddled rock along the near Santa Cruz, California, USA
Fisheye view from within Antelope Canyon, near Page, South West Arizona, USA, January 2008 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Fisheye view from within Antelope Canyon, near Page, South West Arizona, USA, January 2008
Long exposure to capture star trails circling around the North Star, Polaris, at the ^Racetrack,^ a remote desert playa (dry lake bed) in Death Valley National Park, famous for its mysterious moving r... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Long exposure to capture star trails circling around the North Star, Polaris, at the ^Racetrack,^ a remote desert playa (dry lake bed) in Death Valley National Park, famous for its mysterious moving r...
Avalanche lilies (Erythronium montanum) blooming in colourful alpine meadow, with glaciated Mount Olympus behind, Olympic National Park's backcountry Bailey Range, Washington, USA. July 2008. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Avalanche lilies (Erythronium montanum) blooming in colourful alpine meadow, with glaciated Mount Olympus behind, Olympic National Park's backcountry Bailey Range, Washington, USA. July 2008.
Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) leaves in Autumn amongst Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Sequoia National Park, California, October. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Dogwood (Cornus nuttallii) leaves in Autumn amongst Giant Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) Sequoia National Park, California, October.
Dawn over Merriam Peak in the Royce Lakes region of the John Muir Wilderness Area, with reflections in the alpine lake, California, USA. September 2009 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Dawn over Merriam Peak in the Royce Lakes region of the John Muir Wilderness Area, with reflections in the alpine lake, California, USA. September 2009
Dawn casts reflected pink light on snow covered, frozen trees, Drake Peak,  Warner Range, Oregon, USA. January 2010. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Dawn casts reflected pink light on snow covered, frozen trees, Drake Peak, Warner Range, Oregon, USA. January 2010.
Ponderosa Pine trees (Pinus ponderosa) coated in frost, during heavy snowfall, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, USA, December 2009 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Ponderosa Pine trees (Pinus ponderosa) coated in frost, during heavy snowfall, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, USA, December 2009
A skier glides past an erupting geyser in the Old Faithful geyser basin in  Yellowstone National Park. The cold temperatures in the winter cause the geysers to release more steam than usual making the... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / A skier glides past an erupting geyser in the Old Faithful geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park. The cold temperatures in the winter cause the geysers to release more steam than usual making the...
Desert Lily (Hesperocallis undulata) which only in years when there enough rainfall, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA. March. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Desert Lily (Hesperocallis undulata) which only in years when there enough rainfall, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA. March.
Early summer morning, clearing mist reveals Mt. Rainier, with summer alpine blooms on the shores of lake, Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, June 2008. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Early summer morning, clearing mist reveals Mt. Rainier, with summer alpine blooms on the shores of lake, Rainier National Park, Washington, USA, June 2008.
Morning sun rays breaking through the tree trunks,  of Redwood National Park, California, USA. June 2008. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Morning sun rays breaking through the tree trunks, of Redwood National Park, California, USA. June 2008.
Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roosting in winter in dense groups, Southern California, USA - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roosting in winter in dense groups, Southern California, USA
Ferns, mosses and blooming azaleas in marshes, Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca, New York, USA. May. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 - Highly Commended in the 'In Praise of Plants'... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Ferns, mosses and blooming azaleas in marshes, Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca, New York, USA. May. Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2009 - Highly Commended in the 'In Praise of Plants'...
Star trail over Badwater Salt Flats, Death Valley National Park, California. August 2008. Taken with multiple long exposures and fish eye lens. - Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Star trail over Badwater Salt Flats, Death Valley National Park, California. August 2008. Taken with multiple long exposures and fish eye lens.
An ancient Bristlecone Pine tree (Pinus aristata) under a clear star-lit night sky with star trails, White Mountains, California, USA. July 2007. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / An ancient Bristlecone Pine tree (Pinus aristata) under a clear star-lit night sky with star trails, White Mountains, California, USA. July 2007.
Twilight view of Mt. Rainier, under a clear night filled with stars, and alpine meadow of Lupins (Lupinus) in the foreground Mt. Rainer National Park, Washington, USA. August 2008. Double exposure. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Twilight view of Mt. Rainier, under a clear night filled with stars, and alpine meadow of Lupins (Lupinus) in the foreground Mt. Rainer National Park, Washington, USA. August 2008. Double exposure.
Ancient Bristlecone Pine tree (Pinus longaeva) at sunset. White Mountains, California, USA, June 2009 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Ancient Bristlecone Pine tree (Pinus longaeva) at sunset. White Mountains, California, USA, June 2009
Winter snowstorm with frost covered trees , Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, February 2012. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Winter snowstorm with frost covered trees , Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA, February 2012.
Chacma baboon (Papio hamadryas ursinus) handprints on wall. deHoop Nat reserve Western Cape, South Africa. - Tony Phelps
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Tony Phelps / Chacma baboon (Papio hamadryas ursinus) handprints on wall. deHoop Nat reserve Western Cape, South Africa.
Palouse Falls seen under high spring flow with rainbow, Washington, USA. April - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Palouse Falls seen under high spring flow with rainbow, Washington, USA. April
Snowy winter view of Mount Baker, seen from Artist point. Washington, USA - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Snowy winter view of Mount Baker, seen from Artist point. Washington, USA
Sandhilld Cranes (Grus canadensis) at sunset Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA. January. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Sandhilld Cranes (Grus canadensis) at sunset Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA. January.
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) in winter,  Owen's River, California, USA. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) in winter, Owen's River, California, USA.
Male Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) singing and in breeding plumage, early spring in Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca, New York. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Male Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) singing and in breeding plumage, early spring in Sapsucker Woods, Ithaca, New York.
Giant Red Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) Purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) and Sea Anenomes  (Anthopleura) underwater, in tide pools along Californian coastline, USA. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Giant Red Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus) Purple sea urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) and Sea Anenomes (Anthopleura) underwater, in tide pools along Californian coastline, USA.
Woman rappels down from ascent of the climb 'Birds in a Rut' near Smith Rock, eastern Oregon, USA. September 2012. Model released - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Woman rappels down from ascent of the climb 'Birds in a Rut' near Smith Rock, eastern Oregon, USA. September 2012. Model released
Rocky Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) head portrait, in wildflower meadow, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Rocky Mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus) head portrait, in wildflower meadow, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.
Yellow tent illuminated in the waning twilight hours on the shores of frozen Garibaldi Lake with a view of Mount Price in the background. Garibaldi Provincial Park. Britisth Columbia, Canada, March 20... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Yellow tent illuminated in the waning twilight hours on the shores of frozen Garibaldi Lake with a view of Mount Price in the background. Garibaldi Provincial Park. Britisth Columbia, Canada, March 20...
Twilight descends on photographer's mountain camp with light inside tent,  in Oregons highest mountain forest on Drake Peak at 8,500 feet. Oregon, USA, January 2010. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Twilight descends on photographer's mountain camp with light inside tent, in Oregons highest mountain forest on Drake Peak at 8,500 feet. Oregon, USA, January 2010.
Moonrise over the flooded Alvord Desert with photographer Floris van Breugel watching the sky. Long exposure.  Harney County, Oregon. January 2010 - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Moonrise over the flooded Alvord Desert with photographer Floris van Breugel watching the sky. Long exposure. Harney County, Oregon. January 2010
Sunset over Palouse Falls, along the snake river in eastern Washington, USA. April. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Sunset over Palouse Falls, along the snake river in eastern Washington, USA. April.
Colombia River Gorge, with green mosses and diverse array of vegetation in the surrounding forest, Spring, Oregon, USA, June 2008. - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Colombia River Gorge, with green mosses and diverse array of vegetation in the surrounding forest, Spring, Oregon, USA, June 2008.
Reflected light on various sandstone surfaces in a narrow slot canyon in Arizona, USA, June - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Reflected light on various sandstone surfaces in a narrow slot canyon in Arizona, USA, June
Two Limber Pine trees (Pinus flexilis) lit by the low sun, over the snow covered summit of Telescope Peak from the Charcoal Kilns, with desert landscape beyond, Death Valley National Park. California,... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Two Limber Pine trees (Pinus flexilis) lit by the low sun, over the snow covered summit of Telescope Peak from the Charcoal Kilns, with desert landscape beyond, Death Valley National Park. California,...