I was living in Mississippi. How I got there is a long story, but it can definitely wait for a different time. This part of the story, however is much shorter. One of my neighbors was a biology teacher at the nearby high school. He had a beautiful macaw as a housemate. During the day, the macaw, Louie, would spend all day outside. This made for some great photo opportunities in natural settings. Here's one of my favorites. It was taken with an Olympus SP550UZ ultra-zoom camera. That was a really nice camera, as long as I shot it at ISO 50. The bokeh is pretty bad, but there's not much that can be done with that other than using a different camera/lens.