I have been interested in photography since even before the 7th grade, when I took a photography class to learn how to use my Dad's Minolta that, I believe, was one of the first 35mm cameras to support fully manual, auto-shutter, auto-aperture, and fully automatic exposures. I shot a lot with my Canon A-1 in high school and college, but tired of lugging the camera around - though I missed my filters and fine f1.8 Canon lens. For years, I took snapshots with easily transportable cameras. I started with a first generation digital camera (Apple QuickTake - which can take only 8 pictures!) in mid-1995. It was a big and exciting step on March 27, 2002 to move up to a Canon PowerShot S30 3.2 megapixel camera, and I've taken about 4000 pictures with it in the first 8 months I've owned it. I love its portability and quality but miss a hotshoe for a "real" flash, as well as my filters.
I am constantly taking pictures - of my roses I grow, garden, friends, students and their creations in my cooking classes, travels, and more. I always have an eye out for interesting abstract shapes and patterns, and especially enjoy closeup shots of flowers in gardens I visit.