Nice! Your first attempt is miles better than my first attempt. It took me 3-4 nights to get anything close to that.
Thanks, that is very nice of you to say...could very well have been beginners luck as I do not have the skills to justify actually getting an image that is worth anything.
I am getting there though, getting used to the camera and the different settings...considering taking a class to learn more about the science behind photography and how everything works together to create an image.