I continue to experiment, and expand my technique. Recently I began working with a tripod shooting flower and insect macros. Tripod works very well indeed for making sharp images, but has a big drawback. Once those three legs are planted, it is awkward to try to reposition the camera / tripod to follow moving insects. Even shifting it to get different point of view can be challenging...though everything is doable if one works at it. And finally, when photographing close in, in garden settings, it can be difficult to find places to put the three legs.
So I took out the monopod, to see how it might deal with these issues. Leg placement is much better, shifting position is very easy indeed. Changing camera height is much simpler as well. The downside, as one might expect, is that it is not nearly as stable as a tripod. Though the Z-axis (up and down) is fixed, side to side movement, and front to back movement is not. The best counter to such movement while shooting is the camera's burst mode...hoping to grab exposures in between any involuntary movements.
This is the first photograph I'm showing done using the monopod. I think it safe to say that when it works, it works quite well.