Oh, by the way, for anyone who is interested . . . the absence of photos for the last two weeks has been due to:
(a) the unremitting cold weather and (b) the current camera (Canon G11) is with Canon's Customer Care Service [sob].They say I'll have the camera back by 12 February [double sob].
Still, old habits, as they say, die hard. While the the old Canon G7 camera's ability to focus is now somewhat iffy, the urge to open and close the shutter persists!