I've been saving this shot, wanting to make it special, to wait until deep into winter when there's no hope of venturing outside, and using my external flash and Nikon 105mm macro lens. But I just wanted to play with both my new camera, the D300s, and an "old" lens, a 35mm lens that only focused manually on the D40. I really did not do manual focus well; once I found out I have the beginnings of cataracts, I decided to blame this for the difficulty!
But I really wanted to use the 35mm lens and I'm delighted that it works in auto-focus with the D300s.
My nephew, John, is impressively creative! He graduated in 2007 and gave out these as gifts at his graduation party. It's a lucky bamboo, amid an arrangement of rocks. But check out that pretty glass bead; he MADE it!!!!!!
I'm definitely going to photograph this again in the winter when hopefully I know more of what I'm doing!