I don't get out much lately to take pictures. In the winter with the trees bare, and no snow, I find it difficult.
I do not own a macro lense, that is on my dream list. A friend gave me my Sigma Zoom lense which I love. I do not use a tripod as I don't feel comfortable with it. I feel when I come upon, what I see as something pleasing to my eye is when I do my best photo's. I know the tripod gives great stability.
The only software I use is Aperture. I know it is art using Nik software pro effects, Photoshop and changing the photo's. I like leaving my work as natural as can be. I do very little of changing my photo's, mostly cropping, and enhance.
I love the photography that is out there, just amazing.