Sam Carriere: This is all pretty irrelevant. Photographers use cameras, not phones. And to everyone who wants to show me a superb picture taken with a phone, all I can say is "Just think what that person might have done with a real camera."
You mean like Ansel Adams. He had such a superb cameras, oh,wait, a iPhone is several times more advanced than anything Ansel could imagine..
Great photographers and great photos are not made great by their equipment but rather by the eye behind the equipment.
Every device that records an image is a camera. Every rich kid with a bag of expensive camera gear is not a great photographer.
I love macro photography for many of the same reasons you stated. I live in what easily could be called a nature preserve. I love walking through the place with my camera (not a very good one) and trying to slowly get close to the insects, birds and whatever else I can creep up on. I'd like to get a better camera but I don't think that my old Konica/Minolta point& shoot is the weakest link. That would be my lack of knowledge and experience. Thanks for your article, that should help me a good deal.
Some of my Macro shots: http://gallery.mac.com/jfelbab#100257
Any suggestions on how I could improve my macro shots would be appreciated.