Photograph by Robert Clark
From “Sugar,” National Geographic, August 2013
The downsized cake made its American cookbook debut in 1826, says food historian Andrew Smith. Cupcake gentrification spread in 2000 when Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw nibbled one topped with pink buttercream. In the current TV series Cupcake Wars, dueling recipes feature ingredients like sweet tea and chocolate seltzer.
Photograph by Amy Toensing
From “First Australians,” National Geographic, June 2013
Aboriginals in touch with the land see desert oaks and imagine the drinking water in the trees’ cavities. They see a full moon above Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and find light for a nocturnal event.
Photograph by Joel Sartore
From “Miracle in Mozambique,” National Geographic, June 2013
Blue waxbills—awake or dozing off—are a common sight in Gorongosa’s dry, bushy grasslands. So far, nearly 400 bird species have been documented in the park.
Photograph by Peter Essick
From “The Curse of Fertilizer,” National Geographic, May 2013
To grow plentiful food crops, farms need more nitrogen than naturally occurs in the soil. Fertilizer runoff is minimized on this Wisconsin farm by planting strips of alfalfa between corn and soybeans.
Photograph by Sylwia Domaradzka
From “Top Shots,” National Geographic, May 2013
On a tour of central Poland’s countryside last fall, Domaradzka saw many small battles between white-tailed eagles. These two birds in particular wanted to sit in the same spot. “There was an awful lot of fighting and bickering among them,” she says.
Photograph by Zahoor Ahmed
From “Top Shots,” National Geographic, April 2013
“I’m deeply in love with birds,” says Ahmed, a wildlife photographer. He spent two months near a saltwater lake in Kallar Kahar to capture this shot of an Asian paradise flycatcher feeding its chick. Despite his fancy feathers, the male does the feeding and incubates eggs in the nest.
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