High-wire artist Philippe Petit, who notoriously walked between the World Trade Center twin towers in 1974 and whose Cheating the Impossible is a must-read, explores the art of making knots in Why Knot? How to Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots.
Photograph by Tom Samuelson
Great gray owls come south from Canada into Minnesota during the winter to find food. This owl was on the north shore of Lake Superior, just south of Two Harbors, Minnesota. We happened to find him as the sun was setting, and in the evening light, we were able to be in a position to see an owl that was hunting when a mouse came out, and the owl was quick to pounce and pick up an evening meal.—Tom Samuelson