Early spring wildflowers can be really small. Photographing them requires getting down in the dirt with your tripod flat on the ground. If you use a ball head, you will need to find a way to get that camera down near ground level. Don't wear your best clothes, as this kind of photography can mean some serious mud-wallowing. Add to that a gusty wind and bright sunshine and now you have some serious impediments to your macro work. To help ease the pain, I use a light tent/wind screen as my photo assistant. The light tent helps block the wind and provides a fantastic diffuse light source. Add a little custom background with some reflectors and you have a portable macro studio for photographing flowers in the wild.
Early in the growing season I get some strange looks from passers-by. Often the only thing growing will be a 2-inch high flower that most folks would never even notice. This is such a versatile combination of gear that I now carry it everywhere I photograph. I also carry Deet in an outside pocket. Even in the early spring, ticks and chiggers can be active.
I think the results are worth the effort, though.