Some fall color with SX40 HS
"Even the autofocus issue many are having is not a problem for me."
It's all in the subject of focus. For instance. Folks that say the focus is slow may be shooting a bird or other small creature who say, "you have one second to talk my picture, then I'm out of here.." On the other hand, the subject matter of your beautiful images (trees and pond) say "I'm so beautiful and graceful, please take all the time you need to photograph me so everyone will see me at my best."
Hope to see more of your lovely landscapes.