Dennis found a set of close-up lenses for my Canon 18-55mm on eBay for a great price -- $15.00! There are 3 lenses, 1X, 2X, and 4X. I tested them out on my seasonally challenged Christmas cactus that was in full bloom several weeks ago; more of a Halloween cactus, I suppose. Below are some of the resulting photos.
I am very happy with the photos that I got in the end. But it took me several hours and over 100 shots to begin to get proficient with the lenses. On this Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for digital cameras! ;-)
I am also thankful for my fantastic family, dear friends, good food, the beauty of the natural world, and my fellow bloggers who capture that beauty for all to see.