It's not just for the garden though, and not just for flowers. Here's the 'flower' of a grass in our meadow, another mark of the seasons. Catching these with no wind is the challenge.
And here's a dandelion seed head. A tripod helps a great deal in keeping something like this in focus. When you need exact focus, a hand-held camera may just move too much to give you the results you want. On a tripod, you can play with the camera focus until it's just right and know it's not going to move.
Tomorrow - how I branched out to start taking new types of pictures, a little.