Nice little post! It's true that we often tend to think that we need to go far to get some nice pictures. Our backyard is the 1st place we should think of, and it's a good place to practice photography too!
One of the challenges I have with Macro photography especially in the backyard is wind. This is my Kryptonite. Patience is a virtue and if you wait you will be rewarded. However, the changing light limits how long you can wait and the quality of the images. If anyone has some creative suggestions to minimize the impact of wind, it would be greatly appreciated. thanks