When we least expect it, life surprises us with a little bit of perfection. There are many stunning moments in this month's collection of Photo of the Day images that appear to be stolen from a movie. Whether it's the spectacular aurora australis, a creeping snake in India, or a snowed in tree in Japan, life imitates art.
Janna Dotschkal is the editor of Photo of the Day, a curated look at photography from around National Geographic, including the magazine and our photo community, Your Shot. Liane DiStefano writes the captions and titles.
See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of August.