The Nebraska Huskers are not only a football powerhouse team, but the players on this spring day in 2013 showed their very human side as it was just not a football game, but a lesson in compassion and integrity. Bo Pelini lead his players through a scrimmage and gave 60,000 fans a memory they will never forget.
Yes, you heard right. Sixty thousand plus fans come out every year just to watch the Red: White game where the first team scrimmages against the second team in the final spring practice before the pre-season practice in late summer. The highest attendance of any NCAA team in the country. Why are Nebraska fans so loyal? You will soon find out.
I have attended four spring games and this one will stick out in my mind as the best one yet. Not only were “special” drills sprinkled in throughout the quarters as a “game break” to give the fans a taste of creative drills such as the “Good Hands” and the “Never Give Up” drill, but a special 4th quarter touchdown was made my a special seven year old player, Jack Hoffman.
Jack gets his dream, score a touchdown for the Huskers.
Jack has been a special fan and friend of Rex Burkehead for two years and the whole team has gathered around him and supported him in his fight against pediatric brain cancer called Team Jack Foundation. Saturday he wore Burkehead’s number 22 and ran 69 yards for a touchdown which actually went on the board for the Red team.
There were very few dry eyes in the stadium and the entire team rushed the end zone and held Jack high on their shoulders. Watch for yourself and maybe, just maybe, the lesson that sports is more than just winning will be apparent. Sports is about more than winning, team is more than just individuals. Support Team Jack as the Nebraska Huskers help raise money for pediatric brain cancer with a donation or an official Nebraska licensed brain tumor shirt.
Nebraska Husker football is not just a game, it’s an event. Even during the spring game the carnival environment is in full force with food, tailgating and getting together with family and friends.
I have to admit, I really like Photoshop. I’m amazed at how I can improve a photo that has distractions or just didn’t turn out like I hoped. Most photos I don’t manipulate but some call for just a little more work than others.
My dog Brody, a Jack Russel, is a perfect example. This is a before and after of a previous post from my 365 Project
- Photoshop It! (selvangovender.com)
- A cabin in the woods (wcs4.blogspot.com)
Let’s render an image of a tulip into something that pops just a little, but doesn’t take it over the edge.
This week I’m just showing how subtle editing can improve a photograph without going over the top, as I have a tendency to do sometimes, according to my daughter.
Tulip SOOC (straight out of the camera)
This edit first involved adding a levels adjustment layer and darkening the whole image. I selected the pink color in Image/Adjustment/Selective Color and added more magenta, which brightened the color in the petals.
The white portion of the petals seemed washed out so I then used the Burn tool and stroked over the creases in the bottom of the petal, which brought out the fine streaks. I then used the sponge tool and desaturated the background.
I tried some special effects with this image, but I was never quite happy with them, so I settled on realism.
- Tulip (dorispac.wordpress.com)
- Tulips! (lorischulz.wordpress.com)
- spring tulips, (jmeyersforeman.wordpress.com)
Taken and posted to WordPress on my Android phone. Was curious on how it would look on the computer compared to my phone. Of course I want to work it up in Photoshop, but I’ll think I’ll leave that for another day.
- The Lilacs are Blooming (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
- The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs (reallyhome.wordpress.com)
All across the blogosphere I’m seeing images of Daffodils, including my good blogging friend over at A Girl, A Camera, A Challenge who accompanied hers with a poem from E.E. Cummings. Last year I took many daffodil photos, but this year I’m restraining myself. So to celebrate spring
19 Facts About Daffodils
Here are some facts you may not know about these cheerful blooms of spring.
- The daffodil is also known as Jonquil, Narcissus, Paperwhite and the ‘Poet’s Hower’.
- Narcissus is a classical Greek name in honor of a beautiful youth who became so entranced with his own reflection that he pined away and the gods turned him into this flower. (Daff Seek, official photo database of the American Daffodil Society)
- Squirrels will not eat daffodil bulbs, the bulbs and leaves contain poisonous crystals which only certain insects can eat with impunity, so don’t plant where dogs like to dig. (American Daffodil Society)
- Poultry keepers thought the flower to be unlucky and disallowed it in their homes, as they believed it would stop their hens from laying eggs. (Funflowerfacts.com)
- Scientists have discovered narciclasine, a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, may be therapeutic in treating brain cancer.
- Daffodils contain a toxic sap which is harmful to other flowers. When arranging in a vase don’t mix with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24 hours. Do not recut the stems as it will re-release the toxin. (Funflowerfacts.com)
- The ancient Romans cultivated them extensively, though daffodils became a forgotten flower till 1600. Sometime around 1629, a few Englishmen took the daffodil out of the weeds and gave it a place in the garden. (Onlinegardeningtips.com)
- The daffodil is the flower for March. (Gonetopot.com #7-12)
- The Romans, believed the sap from these flowers had special healing powers.
- The Daffodil Data Bank accounts for over 13,000 hybrids, and apart from the regular yellow kind, there are others which come in a range of color combinations, like yellow and orange, yellow and white, orange and white, lime-green and pink colors.
- In the Victorian days, Daffodils represented chivalry. Today is represents hope.)
- In Wales it is traditional to wear a daffodil on Saint David’s Day (March 1).
- The daffodil is the national flower of Wales.
- Their botanic name is narcissus, daffodils are sometimes called jonquils, and in England, because of their long association with Lent, they’re known as the “Lent Lily.”( Teleflora #14-18)
- In Wales, it’s said if you spot the first daffodil of the season, your next 12 months will be filled with wealth.
- Chinese legend has it that if a daffodil bulb is forced to bloom during the New Year, it will bring good luck to your home.
- The Daffodil is the 10th wedding anniversary flower
- A gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness.
- Always remember to present daffodils in a bunch – the same legends that associate this cheerful flower with good fortune warn us that when given as a single bloom, a daffodil can foretell misfortune.
Do you know of any others facts or trivia about daffodils? If so please share them, I’m in a strange and funky mood. Must be wearing shorts in March.
Books about Daffodils on Amazon
Daffodils for North American Gardens
A photographic guide on Daffodils
I don’t ever remember wearing shorts in March, not in Nebraska anyway. But when the temperature reaches into the 80′s the winter not only do the white legs come out, but the trees start blooming.
A photographer client told me last week he had just returned from the Smokie Mountains where the cherry blossoms were already at their peak. Six weeks early. By the time the Cherry Blossom Festival arrives there won’t be any flowers.
Not sure what species of tree this is, but it was pretty, and in honor of spring it’s my photo of the week.
- It’s March, isn’t it? (stoneheadcroft.com)
- Spring? (writing26letters.wordpress.com)
A simple but elegant macro of a peony. They are in full bloom right now and just spectacular.
Photography Notes: Added a warming filter, sharpened the stamens, added a pale yellow mask then erased the inside, burned the white leaves for dimension.
The Henry Doorly Zoo is more than about animals, it’s a horticultural dream. Especially at the Garden of the Senses. My goal was to capture the dew drop still hanging on this rose. Roses have been over done as a photography subject, but because they are I had to include it in my collection. You know me and flowers.
Basil at Sunset
Sweet Basil is my favorite herb to cook with, I put it in just about everything. This little five inch plant should get to be about two feet tall and just about as bushy, if we get any warm weather. The secret is to keep pinching off the tops of each stem to make it grow bushier. I’ll document as the plant grows. Just a quick post this morning.