Dixie, I think Seth may be on to the solution.
I think once you find the basic settings you like, you will really like what your camera can and will produce for you.
Thanks Ron and Seth. I will try a lot more practicing, and a lot of experimenting with processing. I'll get it, given enough time.
It doesn't help, I suppose, that I was out on a little photo trip with my brother who just bought a Panasonic Lumix super-zoom of some kind. We both took photos of a heron, at full zoom. The bird in my photo was about the size of the eye in his photo, viewed at 100% for both. I know, unfair comparison LOL Just jealous of his zoom capability.