A Nikon D3000!!
We ended up buying new at a camera store. Buying used was not of good value because these camera's and lens do not depreciate enough to make up for the lack of warranty and when buying at this particular store, you get a photography class thrown in!!
It also helps that at this store, the man who sold it to me is a professional photographer who I will be able to pick his brain. I took these pictures of course with my crummy point and shoot. I also, with my old camera, took lots of pictures over the weekend at the Oregon Gardens. I am looking forward to learning to use this new camera and taking similar landscape at the Gardens to compare.
What is also great about all this, is that my LL, who is my biggest fan is so happy for me. He was almost as excited as I was when we got the camera. And he is planning on taking the class with me. I am a very blessed girl. Thank you Santa!!