Essential for the writer (to keep the writer from writing, that is): a new camera. I’ve had a variety of pocket digital cameras but while they’re fine for snapshots, I was never happy with the image quality. So I now have a Nikon D600 full-frame camera. I had to be in the city for my son’s parent-teacher interviews. His school is in the grounds of the Botanic Gardens, so I went early, walked around for a bit and took some pictures of random things.