One of the reasons why posting has been so sparingly recently is because for awhile Ly+Alan didn't have a camera (trusty canon died in the Everglades). However that is no longer an excuse because Ly recently got a new camera. After much thought and deliberation, she decided to make the switch to Nikon.
And let's just say it was hands down the best decision ever. Ly is a proud owner of a Nikon D3100 and she LOVES it. Shockingly enough it is still nameless, but suggestions are welcome.
And because a post about a new camera should have pictures, here are a few taken while experimenting with manual focus: