Table of Contents
Bringing the Civil War to Life
In the 1860s combat artists captured battlefield drama. Today reenactors reimagine the conflict.
A Showboating Bird
To woo a mate, a male manakin might make music with its wings ... or do the moonwalk.
Egypt in the Moment
A Nile journey reveals how the revolution is playing out far from its epicenter in Tahrir Square.
A Show of Hands
Humans, bats, cats, frogs, dolphins, and elephants have them. Our artwork takes you inside these useful appendages.
Iceland’s Resilient Beauty
Icelanders and sheep have taken a toll, but the volcanic-glacial landscape is still astonishing.
The Race to Rescue Koalas
Megan Aitken drives Australian streets, saving marsupials that face urban hazards and disease.
The Moment: Body Count
Joel Sartore photographed a single week’s koala losses at a Queensland, Australia, animal care center.
Decorate your desktop with beautiful images from this month’s issue of the magazine.
A photo from the November 1951 issue shows bathers basking in geothermal mud at a spa in Iceland.
Visions of Earth
Each month, National Geographic features breathtaking photographs in Visions of Earth.