My camera didn't survive the latest trip. It worked in California but didn't make it through the last 15,000 miles or so. Not sure what broke it - perhaps the wet and cold California beaches did for it or maybe the rather bumpy flight back across the Pacific, but it's broken and a write-off. It'd cost more than it's worth to get fixed. That's two cameras broken in two years although the previous one got hit by lightning, so I'll forgive it for expiring on me!
Perhaps it's time to invest in a proper camera. I'll be thinking about this over the next day or two especially as my Mauna Kea summit visits will be limited, but then again even if my current camera still worked, I've outgrown the thing. It can't do what I want it to do.
Even more disappointing is that it was pretty obvious the camera was on its way out in California - the zoom kept failing and focusing was becoming a real bitch hence a lot of not-quite-in-focus pictures - but I didn't spot the problem until downloading all the photos onto my PC and spotting the focus problem. Oh well, the trip to California and London was wonderful anyway!
So, here are a couple of the last shots the camera ever took, both at Summerland, CA. Hope you enjoy them!