I've normally got the camera with me as we go out and about, as we never know what we are going to encounter.
I let myself down this summer, as there was a huge dandilion clock that I wanted to photograph. I swear I would have had difficulties putting my hands around it! However, I also knew, that if I picked it, and tried to take it home, all of the down would have blown off en route!
I did get this though. A beautiful thistle down the lane from us. Sadly, the camera doesn't always tell the truth - in the natural light, it almost shone with the UV light, which isn't being reflected through the lens.