I bought a new camera this past week: the Canon PowerShot SX10 IS. It has a tremendously larger optical zoom (20x) as compared to my current PowerShot A620 (4x), not to mention a host of other great features. I'm looking forward to using the camera; there are a number of places I've wanted to shoot with a larger optical zoom range.
Yesterday, I took a couple of shots out of my back door, one at the widest zoom, and one at the telephoto end. I've highlighted the area in the wide zoom shot that corresponds to the telephoto shot. Pretty incredible, huh? And apologies for the lousy white-balance; I didn't tweak the images, but posted them just as they came out of the camera (sensibly resized, of course).
With any luck, some new photos will show up here in the next week or so.