I didn't realize it but I had fallen into a rut. I was grabbing my 300 and TC's and birding almost every week end. I been exploring the many areas of imaging that I really love. I "Camera Work" as William calls it in other areas that I love. I will be the first to admit that I was upset when the AFS went out on my 300 after only 2.5 years, but it has made me break out of what was lazy photography. I had a place close to home where I knew I would get at least one or two "Wow" shots without working for the best image. so for the next 3 or 6 weeks or however long it takes, I hope to re-energize myself to image a much broader world than I have for the last six months or so. Starting several days ago, I have started to rotate one lens each day (my lineup without the 300 is : 12-24, 24-85,80-200 (with TC) and Tamron 90). Here is my latest with the 90, https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?p=1320089#post1320089 While I'm still not happy about the AFS failure, I am glad for a chance to renew my efforts at various types of "camera work".