2013, the year of the lion.
I felt this most of the this year both personally and professionally.
To see my entire take of images that I will remember 2013 by, click here.
The year began with me visiting the lion cubs born in the last week of December 2012. When I got the assignment, I was convinced they would let play with them. That was obviously a bit foolish on my part. I followed the lion cubs from shortly after birth up to the present time.
One of those memorable moments was when the cubs were let into the outside part of the lion exhibit for the first time. The lion keepers told me the order he thought they were going to come out in based on their personalities; the last cub would have to be pushed out by his mother. The thought of them all having individual personalities stuck with me. Within a few weeks I had thought of and then pitched a children’s book to The World-Herald.
I am happy that the book, “The Littlest Lion,” is selling out all over Omaha. Buy it online here.
In 2013 we also took our readers along with Linda Nelson’s journey with bariatric surgery for weight loss.
This fall I heard the roar of Husker fans as I photographed four games. The crowd was never louder than when Nebraska’s Jordan Westerkamp caught a tipped pass for a score in the closing seconds to help beat Northwestern.
I saw Nebraska hold its first major outdoor hockey game and the warm temperatures that complicated the event.
Some of my favorite little moments from the year include:
This one that reminded me of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The few seconds the smoke cleared in a way to frame a beautiful image of an Omaha firefighter fighting a massive apartment blaze.
Finally, this runner who tripped just before the finish line but still managed to crawl across for third place.
Look out, 2014. I am coming for you.