Carolyn (amson) requested a larger view of my HDR attempt. Randy's gallery is full of absolutely stunning HDR photos. This falls a long way short of that, but it IS my first one... so here is a larger copy!
I used exposure bracketing to get the three photos below and combined in Photomatrix. I have tried using Photoshop's HDR and it simply looked muddy.
BTW, I bought a small Android phone (HTC Wildfire S) recently and installed HDR Camera which does a reasonable job (for a phone!). Amazing technology!