The next step toward brightness is our Christmas cruise to the Caribbean! Mom and Dave sprang it on us a while ago but now it is finally real. I'm packing as I type.
The final bright spot to speak of is that my friend Harvey lent me his 300mm Canon lens to play around with. My regular 100-400mm zoom lens somehow got dust inside and I think it has been affecting the brightness of my photos lately. Here are a few test shots from the past few days.
First - this fox trotted across the path at Lorimer Park the other morning. The light was dim but I still managed to get the shot.