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Garfield Park Conservatory flower show

November 28th-January 10th. Garfield Park Conservatory has their annual holiday flower show. Beautiful poinsettias on display in the show house. If you have never been there, it is just stunning.

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Thanks for mentioning it, Margo...I'm discussing with Sandi for a Meetup on Sunday, December 20.

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That sounds great.

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YIPPY!!! nice idea Margo... i'm lovin this one!

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Nature Photographers Meetup!

Bald Eagles

Kristi Overgaard Posted Nov 23, 2009 1:01 PM
Hi Everyone-I am new to this area (and the group) and recently found out about the opportunities to see/photograph bald eagles in WI during the winter. I copied a link to some of the information I found below. Does anyone know about any good places to go?

http://www.midwestwee...­.

Thanks!
Kristi

Theresa Posted Nov 23, 2009 4:28 PM
We went to Lock and Dam #14. last winter. I got some great shots but you have to have a pretty long telephoto lens I had a 300mm I could have used a 500mm. here is an article I found about it.

http://merlyn9.wordpr...­.


Here is a link to my Eagle photos.


http://theresa350z.sm...­.

Hope this helps. Maybe we can setup a meetup for Jan or Feb.


critter Posted Nov 23, 2009 8:32 PM da_critter

My shots from Lock and Dam #14 last winter. Most are with my 70-300mm on my D700, and one with my 1000mm Mirror-Reflex lens on my D80.

My eagle shots


Kristi Overgaard Posted Nov 23, 2009 9:45 PM

Thanks Theresa and Critter for sharing your photos and the information. They are all just wonderful! I am so excited about the eagles this winter. Should we suggest it for a meet-up?


Margo McIntyre Posted Nov 24, 2009 3:38 PM

Thanks for posting the link. I went to the lock and dam over by Starved Rock, but you do indeed need a long lens.


Ravi Posted Nov 25, 2009 8:38 AM

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That would be great, Kristi. I would surely be interested in joining everyone.


Christoph G. Olesc... Posted Nov 25, 2009 9:28 AM
Count me in...!


Margo McIntyre Posted Nov 25, 2009 9:51 AM
Me too.

Sandi Posted Nov 25, 2009 10:50 AM
This sounds great. If any of you who have experience shooting the eagles at these places would like to email me the info (a good time and place) and even perhaps guide us, please let me or the other organizers know.

I have a Nikon Dd200 with a nikkor 80-200mm 2.8 with tripod... no VR lens THOUGH... what would i or someone like me who have smaller lenses need to do to get some good shots upclose does anyone know?

Thanks All!!!

I wonder if all the nikon users and cannon users could rent a huge lense to share together.. i wonder what they charge? helix in chicago or calumet perhaps not sure.


Edited by Sandi on Nov 25, 2009 10:52 AM

Sandi Posted Nov 25, 2009 11:38 AM
Well, i just found out that at Helix you can rent a Nikon 400mm f 2.8 or 600mm f4.0 for around 150$ for the weekend. (i presume canons would cost similar) pick up on Friday night... return early morning on Monday. you pay a one day rental for 2 days... could be nice. however, you need specific insurance and an account to do so... He said most professional photographers have this insurance. he mentioned Inland Marine, I'm not sure if that is a co name or what, he was in an extreme hurry so i didn't get much more out of him than that.

hopefully someone in our group that understands what this entails will comment to help us out.


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Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton

Add a reply Dennis Deacon Posted Aug 30, 2009 10:01 AM
Folks, just wanted to share this. My wife & I have spent the past two weekends at Cantigny shooting the gardens. Simply lovely and a nice alternative to the Chicago Botanic Gardens (cheaper too - $5 per car compared with $20 per car). A lot of wedding parties are being shot this time of year. Might be a good destination for a nearby meetup.

Randee Posted Aug 30, 2009 2:51 PM
I second this suggestion. In fact I suggested it to Sandi once before. The flowers are gorgeous and the colors are to die for!

Sandi Posted Aug 30, 2009 3:38 PM
Sounds terrific! I'm so busy right now, would one of you or someone else be willing to set this all up on one of our "off days", and list this under the "mini trips" msg folder? Otherwise, i can do it as soon as i can... I'd really love to go too!!! I can also send out emails to everyone after you guys set it up in the "Mini Trip" folder! And if it is on an off weekend i can even make it into a regular Meetup!

Thanks You Guys, sounds like a great place!
Sandi

Beth Posted Aug 30, 2009 10:24 PM
Cantigny has monthly bird walks. The next one is on Sept. 12th. They are at 7:30 am and there is no charge for parking if you tell them you are there for the bird walk. In July we saw the birds listed below. The walk was fairly faced paced, but I did get a few shots - Red Headed Wood Pecker, lots of Purple Martins, and a few Blue Birds.

(see their web site calendar for more info.)

I am planning to go on the 9/12 walk with some "non-Photog" friends.

Beth

Sandi Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:09 PM
Beth are you inviting some of us to come along? if you want to, why don't you set it up under the folder i just made for "mini trips" member organized trips, so folks can see it, and come along if they want. I'm not sure you are saying you want any of us to go on your date, or if you are just using it as an example. It sounds like a great idea either way... i would love to get some more flowers before they all vanish with fall coming! You can never get too many FLOWERS!!!

let me know what you guys think...

sandi

Sandi Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:17 PM
OR would anyone want me to make a regular Meetup at Cantigny on sept. 12 or 27th?

Beth Posted Sep 3, 2009 8:56 PM
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Hi Sandi - I'm on vacation and out of town working until Wednesday. Maybe I can do it on the 27th...

Sandi Posted Sep 4, 2009 7:59 PM
Sounds great Beth but please don't feel obligated or anything... I would love to go too!!! I want to get more flowers and stuff before they disappear for months and months and months and months!!! i really start to get bummed just thinking of the winter coming!!! boo hoo, burrrrrrrrrrr!!!! The snow is pretty but, not worth the 6 months of gray Chicago weather... Maybe I'll feel different this year since I'll have all you guys to cheer me up on to cold adventures... I'm definitely a summer person!!! how about you?

We're thinking of moving somewhere warmer eventually, we talked about moving near the smokies... i bet it's alot nicer winters there with a few nice days to mix it up! It would be awesome forsure!


Sandi


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CAVES

Letamendi Posted May 27, 2009 2:02 PM I would like to photograph some natural caves here in Illinois. (I know there is some, I just don’t know were) Would this interest anyone else?

michele Posted May 28, 2009 3:43 PM Caves would be cool, but i don't know of any in IL. There's Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, WI.

Sandi Posted May 28, 2009 4:27 PM We'll have to do some research on that... I don't know where the caves are in Illinois are either... but it does sound cool.

Sandi

Jeff Posted May 29, 2009 12:47 AM Sounds great, I'd be up for it, but like everyone else, have no idea where to find them locally/close.

Jeff

Ravi Posted May 30, 2009 5:07 PM
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My family and friends recently camped at Nelson Dewey State Park in Wisconsin by Mississippi. I found some literature there about caves in Iowa across the Illinois Iowa border in a park that has about 18 caves. The following link should help provide additional information:
Maquoketa Caves State Park
This site lists all the cave sites in Iowa: http://www.goodearthg...­.

regards,
Ravi

Linda F Posted May 31, 2009 4:43 PM I would be interested in the exploring caves.

april Posted Jun 1, 2009 10:42 AM the Cave of the Mounds in WI is amazing!!! I would love to go back there!

Sandi Posted Jun 1, 2009 5:08 PM That Idea sounds great... Do you think any special equipment will be helpful for the adventure? Special lighting tips or other tips for photographing in caves?

If and When do you think we should go? Sounds like a "cool" place for mid summer!!! lol

Sandi

michele Posted Jun 2, 2009 10:19 AM Haha....yeah, I think August would be a good time since it is so hot and humid then!!

Letamendi Posted Jun 2, 2009 11:43 AM Maybe we can stay a weekend or we can make it an overnight adventure.


Ed Crestoni Posted Jul 1, 2009 4:14 PM I would definatley be intrested in caves.I did some sperlunking in Tennesse when I was younger. Stalagnites and the wear marks from water could make for some intresting photos and the lighting would be challenging to say the least


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the domes in milwaukee

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I would love to do a shoot at the domes in milwaukee. this would be a later in the day meet up because it is a drive for many of us. also chain o lakes state park has lots of good trails and I see photographers there almost every time I go. They were closed in november for deer hunting, but I think they have opened back up.

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Your the second person that has mentioned the Domes in Milwaukee - sounds like we will have to check this out for a meet up. Anything there to shoot in the winter?

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The Domes is a wonderful place to shoot in the winter ! There are 3 domes , one has tropical plants with a waterfall and a few reptiles and birds plus its nice and warm in there ! The second dome is arid with cacti and succulents . The third dome is everchanging ( appx . every 3 months the display changes ) , i think the train display will be set up . Annuals and some perenials , a few permanent trees . Admission is 5.00 and they close about 4 or 5 pm on weekends . Plus music and dancing on some nights .

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The domes in Milwaukee sound like a great idea. Something different and at least it's warm.
Leslie

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Just checked their website and the Garden Trains will be running Jan. 16th thru March 14th in the show house and the Spring Flower Show is March 27 to June 6th.

On another note the Spring Flower show starts January 30th at the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Leslie

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I am in discussions with Sandi at this time as to when we can plan a trip to the Domes - sounds like there are enough people interested so we will make it a meet up in the next week or three. Thank you everyone for your input - it really helps. I never knew of this place and it is a definite for our meet up - just need to find a date.

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Thanks for the great ideas everyone... i like the flower show too. Let's plan these.

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I have set two dates to go shoot at the Domes in Milwaukee in the hope that if anyone wanting to go cannot make one date they can make the second date. Check out the new meet ups scheduled and let's get the New Year Rolling!!!!

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is there anyone in the area that can carpool with me to the domes? My car probably won't make it that far. I am in the spring grove area.

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Being that this will be my first time joining the group, I am wondering where we meet up at in Milwaukee. Also, Cindy if you haven't found a ride yet I would be willing to car pool. I live in Huntley and it is on the way for me.

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Eagle Watch in Indiana

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Patoka Lake will host area eagle watchers on January 9, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dress warmly, and join Aron Showalter, Patoka Lake Wildlife Specialist as you travel by car to different eagle hot spots, and search for America’s symbol in the Hoosier National Forest.
You’ll also get an update of our state’s eagle and osprey program with John Castrale, Nongame Wildlife Biologist, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife. Rex Watters, DNR Monroe Lake Wildlife Specialist, will also speak about his experiences in the Eagle Reintroduction Program in the 1980s, and his rescue operations and observations of these wild birds.
You’ll need to register in advance for $5 per person, ages 6 and up. Children 5 and under are free. Refreshments will be served. You’ll need to bring your own cameras, binoculars, bag lunch, preferred snacks, family and friends.
For more information, call the Patoka Lake Visitor Center at (812) 685.2447, or the Patoka Lake Property Office (812) 685.2464.

I plan to go - if anyone is interested in car pooling I live in Deerfield

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Thank you Jarede! This sounds great. how far is this place i wonder? should we make this an official outing? i was thinking of making an activity at Botanic Gardens for this Sunday. I know its last min but, i have been waiting for a nice snow to plan it... and since we canceled the other one... what do you guys think? We are getting a big snow and it should be beautiful there. It will be cold but since they have inside green houses to shoot in we can always go into warm up.

What would you all want to do? Would anyone care to go to one or both of these events?

Sandi

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Sandi: Google Map puts this at about 6 and 1/2 hours from our place and you can usually add about 1/2 hour for Google errors. Bruce and I can't travel that long and that far one way on a two day weekend for a shoot. It sound like a great place though - maybe on a four day weekend and with time to get a hotel room!

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There is also an eagle watch coming up at Starved Rock toward the end of the month... perhaps that might be an idea too. There are many other things to take photos of there too in case folks don't have a huge lens... like me. might be cool to photograph the frozen waterfalls and rocks, paths etc...

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Yes, Starved Rock has a lot of beauty to shoot besides the eagles. Even better for waterfalls and great caverns/bluffs is Mathiessen State Park just down the road from Starved Rock (literally less than 5 min). It's a little more rugged hiking but well worth it.

Not sure if you've been to SR on eagle weekend but it gets VERY crowded...

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Thanks Sue. We did a meet up at Mathiessen State Park in September. You are right if you go into the canyons it is rugged - jumping rocks in water, climbing small walls, avoiding falling in the water to get closer to the falls. Can't wait to go again - maybe in warmer weather though.

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Sorry for the delayed response. Drove west on Saturday to the missippi. Saw quite a few eagles. Not as many as I had hoped. Maybe because of the cold. Would love to ga again. Only 2.5 hours. Much better than 7. Maybe we can do Starved Rock and Eagles on the same trip. Early marning eagles to see them feed and then the rock.

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I was at Starved Rock this saturday and only saw 2 eagles. I would also suggest the Iowa/Illinois border/mississippi river as I saw them in their hundreds there last year.

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Jeff, how late do you think they will be there... i actually would love to do this too... how many hours drive for this one? Can we get away with a 200mm at any of these places? i scheduled Starved Rock for early feb. is early march too late for iowa/ill border?

Edited by Sandi on Jan 19, 2010 6:08 AM

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Jeff, how's the ice on the river at starved rock? is it still mostly iced over above/below the dam? or is it mostly melted already? Thanks


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ITS SNOW TIME, LET'S GET A MEETING SCHEDULED!
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I Wonder how beautiful it would be right now at Starved Rock? Does anyone have other interesting places we can go for Snow and Ice shots... I'm planning on setting up a Snow trip right after the holidays, after a nice snow! It might be short notice because i love brand new snow falls... keep your eyes on the weather starting the beginning of January if you are interested! I'm thinking Starved Rock on a Saturday if that works out!



LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ALL THINK?

Edited by Sandi on Dec 9, 2009 7:34 AM

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Starved Rock has some gorgeous frozen waterfalls. I have gone in January. It can be really cold, but they are well worth photographing.

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I would love to come out for this!

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If there are waterfalls involved, then this sounds like an 1 hour and 45 minute drive worth taking! I love waterfalls! :)

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I went to starved rock last year,there was 75 bald eagles not to mention the frozen waterfalls

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I really enjoy reading about the meetups , the waterfalls and the other suggestions everybody makes always sound so incredibly beautiful , they always keep me very interested ! To satisfy my interest in photography i have been taking pics of the flowers on my houseplants ( i will be using the light box suggestion ) and an occasional trip to the domes in milwaukee . I joined the photography group awhile ago but the timing is always wrong , unfortunate for me . The one time the timing was right i had car problems . I do plan on attending when the timing is right . Until then thanks to everybody for all the pleasant thoughts !

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The domes in Milwaukee are beautiful. During the cold months, I also photograph a lot of things around the house. I use my lightbox a lot. I made 2 different length legs and I did not hard glue them into place since I interchange them. It is also easier to store and transport.

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Sandy - count me in for winter outings. I have never been to the Domes.... Starved Rock does sound nice definitely would want to stay the night - so a little advance notice could help! Hi to Bob!

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If you go to Starved Rock on your own, Tonte Canyon is the best frozen waterfall. If you go right after a fresh snowfall, it will be more picturesque. Sometimes the waterfall becomes a bit brownish so the fresh snowfall makes it look better.

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Starved Rock sounds good. Maybe we can also find some places closer to home! The Botanical Gardens and Morton Arboretum are open year round and have a special magic in Winter time.

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Sandi - let's get together right after the New Year and get something on the calendar!

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Burrrrrrr... I can't wait to get something snowy set up... Starved Rock sounds great! Right after a nice heavy fluffy snow!!!! Pretty!!! I pray for a sunny day following a snow dump or an Ice Storm on a weekend!!! Gorgeous!

Any prayer help or wishful thoughts appreciated!!!!


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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

Linda F Posted Nov 27, 2009 4:06 PM
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Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve : http://www.lcfpd.org/...­.

Preserve Trails and Activities Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails wind through the preserve to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort's military operations began in 1887.

The 1.3-mile asphalt Lake Michigan Trail is designed for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing and runs from Sheridan Road through the preserve to the lake, where visitors can enjoy 3/4 mile of sandy shoreline for hiking, fishing, bird watching, picnicking or relaxing. Swimming, wading and boating are not allowed. The trail connects visitors to educational exhibits along the Fort's historic parade ground and to other walk-through exhibits and viewing stations along the route.

A shorter 0.3-mile woodchip trail is open to hiking and cross-country skiing and offers scenic views of the preserve's ravines from the trail bridge. Biking is not allowed on this trail section

Edited by Linda F on Nov 28, 2009 9:43 AM

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yes of course!!! Linda thank you so much for finding these little Jewels for us! You're Awesome! See ya in a couple hours at Van Patten! Thank you so much for setting that up. I get so busy at this time of year, you're an Angel!!!

Sandi

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Linda, i really i want to schedule this one. I will check out the info for details? When would everyone want to go? I'm trying not to get too much going until after the holidays so folks can make it. if anyone has opinions i would be glad to hear them! Has anyone been to this?


here is another snippet from the website;

The Natural Scene
A unique Lake Michigan natural resource, Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve is of statewide significance. Its bluff areas contain the largest and best remaining examples of natural open prairie-like vegetation that once occurred along the lake bluffs in Illinois. And one of its six rare ravines -- Janes Ravine -- is one of the few remaining examples of mesic and dry-mesic upland forests. The ravines and lakeshore provide a protected home for several endangered and threatened species.

Edited by Sandi on Dec 1, 2009 11:03 AM

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Thanks for the additonal information Sandi. I have been a bit preoccupied with our family emergency.

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Linda, i have been wanting to call you, but i somehow lost your number. can you email it to me? I am still praying for you guys and hoping things are settling down and all are on thier way to healing. call me anytime if you want to talk. how are your kids right now?

Sandi
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Margo McIntyre Post #: 57
I cama across this link of things to do in Northern Illinois. There may some areas of interest in here.

http://www.visitnorth...­.

Sandi Posted Feb 8, 2010 3:37 PM Group Organizer
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Margo, thank you so much for all your hard work finding these great links and stuff!

Sandi

Sandi Posted Feb 8, 2010 3:41 PM Group Organizer
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I was looking at the stuff on that link and had an idea... i wonder if we could ever purchase a booth together at an art fair and try to sell some of our photos??? what do you guys think?

Sandi
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Margo McIntyre Posted Jan 20, 2010 Post #: 52
Pixel Image Camera Club is having workshop/ demos on Tuesday, February 16. 7:30 PM at Friendship Village in Schaumburg. Mark Your Calendars to attend.

1. Retouching Techniques - the best of Bill Brown
2. Plug-In and other special techniques by photo artist by Dennis Arendt
3. How to use Smart Object and Adobe Camera Raw to your advantage by Bob Brandes
4. and JUST WAIT there is more............

Mark your calendars for this great evening of photo techniques.

If you have any questions about location, etc, here is the contact information for Pixel Image Camera Club. It is listed on the club directory page.
http://www.chicamerac...­.

This date was corrected to be the 16th. The original post was the 17th.

Edited by Margo McIntyre on Jan 22, 2010 6:37 PM

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