At 5:30, this morning, Bear went with my wife to the barn where she boards her horses. When they returned at 7:15, Bear was worn out from the ecstasy of fifty million aromas to sniff, 37,000 gopher holes to scrutinize, 75 horses to admire, five acres of arenas and barns to patrol, and a half dozen people to greet. (Bear is now the unofficial barn greeter. I say, unofficial, because the official greeter is a dominant, assertive, female, Aussie border collie who barks at everyone and every dog who accompanies her mistress to the facility.) Bear was unwilling to accompany me on our morning 2.3 mile walk and job. So I took my camera and snapped a few pictures. I have discovered how to shut off the automatic flash (I had to download a manual from the Internet, since the manual that comes with the camera does not explain.). I am learning about photographing in natural light. The results were not spectacular. I auto-fixed the images with a photo program on my laptop, and noticed that the auto-fix lightened the image in precisely the same way that the flash did for a comparison shot I took. Go figure.