Twenty years ago I started my pursuit of macro flower photography. I did not realize just how challenging it can be. For one, the wind can interrupt you at any given moment, the insects pester you constantly as you shoot, mosquitos and wasps are just a given. The early morning wildlife encounters are sometimes scary and often exciting. The depth of field and aperture dilemmas combined with low light conditions are not for the faint of heart. The complexity of using a tripod while working various angles, the patience required to wait out the weather, the difficulty in getting just the right focal point, the incredible attention to detail on the flower specimen itself and the list goes on. From cold temperatures to lost lens caps to the sunlight being to o bright there is always a challenge involved. All of these keep me coming back year after year. Maybe for some people who master a sport you’ll understand both the joy and frustration that go along with the endless pursuit of mastering the game.