Hello and Welcome.
The quotation in the header bar above is a perfect summation of what photography has meant to me. Once I took up the hobby in earnest back in the late 1990s, I saw details in my environment I'd never noticed before. Everything was a potential picture, even when I didn't have a camera with me, and my observation powers increased significantly.
The time I could devote to the craft ebbed and flowed as I raised my children, but now retired and living only with my wife, I've rediscovered the joy and enthusiasm that accompanied my entry into the field.
I started with Pentax film cameras and moved on to Pentax DSLRs, but lately I've found that shooting with the all-in-one Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 satisfies my needs and is very easy on the back, so it's become my tool of choice. I enjoy many genres, but particularly like the meditative aspect of wildlife photography, where patience is most definitely a virtue.
I shoot primarily for my own amusement, but am greatly flattered when any of my captures is enjoyed by someone else. Please drop a line and say 'hi.'