I agree with you. It's not the prize or technical perfection that makes good photos but the photographer. ;)
The plant in the last shot is wonderful. I have already favorited one of your earlier pictures of it.
Thanks for sharing about the lens. Sound like that is what I need. My husband just asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told him a new lens for my camera but at 600 and some dollars he said that sounds more like a Christmas present. Now I can give him this idea.
Pictures look really good.
I read your profile, Marsha, and you really do practice what you encouraged your students to do....I would never have looked again at some of these until I see your amazing eye for beauty, the subdued, and the detail of nuggets of eloquence. Awesome!