I just wanted to say how great it is to have found this site and to be amongst all of you and y our talents and wisdom. Thank you all so much for your warm welcome! Im new to the world of photography and have so much to learn. Ive loaded my basic collection of favorites, that I took with just a simple point and shoot camera. So this will be my starting point. I may not have the skills yet, but I have the heart and soul and desire to share in this world's beauty. In sharing my excitement about this site with a friend, she paid me the ultimate in compliments. She said: "Your pics are a gift to this world. You have a job to do here because you show such beauty in what you see and we cant all see this on our own. You provide the window which allows us to view the world in a gentle, warm, and amazingly beautiful way." This is what photography is about for me. In a world that can sometimes have such sadness, I believe in my heart, there are healing aspects to the beauty we can find and share with our cameras. :) Please feel free to check out my pics, and share any advise you would like!