Despite not being a green thumb in the garden, Ballarat photographer Alison Shirley is drawn to capturing plants in close-up. Using a macro lens, Alison says that taking photos of plants is like meditation and a chance to explore a subject in a new light.

Do you take macro or close-up photos like Alison? Enter your photos to ABC Open's Up Close competition and you could win a photo safari adventure.
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All photos by Alison Shirley.
View Alison's ABC Open Up Close photos here: open.abc.net.au/projects/up-close-51sd4nu/contributions/contributors/sunnyal

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