Hey, guess what?
I treated myself today to the camera I have been wanting forever!
Had an excellent human experience in the process--
first with the lovely couple who
advertised said camera on Craigslist and sold it to me
at a very fair price, with lots of goodies attached.
Then with the folks at the Photo Market in Portland,
who validated the soundness of that camera even though they weren't in the deal,
and who then humored me with patience and generosity
as I took two hours to try out their telephoto lenses.
They explained stuff, told me how my new camera worked,
let me take all the telephoto lenses outside
to take pictures for comparison,
told jokes and were otherwise kind to me.
I love Maine. And I love its people.
So, out of the box with the kit lens:
(Big lens will take some experimenting.
I was too excited for that today.)
...some scenes from my back yard: