Over the Falklands

31st October 2015. Falkland Islands (by air).

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This post continues my epic 55-hour transfer from Madagascar to the Falkland Islands, in this case in the air over the Falklands.

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The first few images are on the flight from Santiago, but just the part over the Falklands, flying east and a little north from Punta Arenas.  This appears to be Big Samuel Island, near the mouth of Choiseul Sound, not far from Mount Pleasant Airfield.  The clouds have probably just cleared to allow me a view through or we are coming in lower below some of the clouds prior to landing.

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 I think the “mainland” here is Johnson’s Island in Mare Harbour, on the north side of  Choiseul Sound and just south of Mount Pleasant Airfield

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This image and the next two are taken near the previous one but I can’t precisely identify the locations.

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There are many islands in the Falklands group but the two main islands are West and East Falkland Islands, separated by a deep channel.  East Falkland in turn is almost separated into two islands, but connected by an isthmus.  Choiseul Sound is the western of the two passages of water that almost separates that island.

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We had a wait of an hour or so when we arrived at Mount Pleasant, the international airport of the Falkland Islands, because they were overwhelmed with two planeloads of passengers arriving simultaneously.  When through that, I was able to transfer to the domestic airport and board a tiny plane to fly to Pebble Island.  Because the plane is so small, there are very strict limits for weight and excess baggage.

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The barren highlands of East Falklands.

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Looking down…

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This is now the coast of East Falkland Island, looking out the left side of the aircraft.  We are looking at Terra Motas Point (at the end of the long peninsula) and in the distance though to Brenton Loch.  This leads to the isthmus with the tiny settlements of Darwin and Goose Green, where East Falkland almost separates into two islands.  This was the site of a major battle in the Falklands War.

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Continuing along the coast.  This and the next image follow on from the previous one.

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This is the strait separating Pebble Island from West Falkland Island.  You can see the strength of the current flowing through.  This was taken from the right side of the aircraft (I was able to photograph out either side).

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And this is the small plane that flew me to Pebble Island (other people in the plane had other island destinations).

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Over the Andes

31st October 2015. Santiago, Chile to Punta Arena and the Straits of Magellan (by air).

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After a brief three-hour nap in a Santiago hotel close to the Airport, I resumed my 55-hour transfer from Antananrivo in Madagascar to the Falkland Islands. I am flying the length of the Andes and very fortunate in both the weather and in having a window seat on the left hand side of the plane.

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Santiago is in a bowl, surrounded by high mountains, which also makes it subject to pollution.  These are some of the mountains to the east of Santiago near dawn.

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Initially it was clear, apart from cloud on distant mountains.

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This volcano is Descabezado Grande in the Maule region of Central Chile, nearly 4,000 metres tall and about 200 km south of Santiago.  Descabezado means “headless” in Spanish, which refers to the flat top.

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This is Lanín, an ice-clad stratovolcano on the border of Chile and Argentina.  Lago Huechulafquen is the lake behind.  Lanín is the symbol of the Argentinian province of Nequén.

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This is probably somewhere in Aysen Province in Chilean Patagonia.  I can’t identify this location through Google Earth.  In general terms,  there’s a point going South on the coast of Chile where there is a mass of islands off the coast separated by channels (sounds?, fjords?).  This is on the mainland from there, looking east at the Andes.

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This and following images show mighty mountains peeking above the clouds.

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A very distinctive river delta here below the clouds.  I thought I might be able to identify it on Google Earth but no, the topography in the general area is much too convoluted.   Perhaps a flood may have changed it too since the last Google Earth photo.

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Perhaps Rio Baker in Captán Prat Province but that’s just a guess.

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OK.  I know where we are now. In the distance is Lago O’Higgins (Chilean half)/ Lago San Martin (Argentinian half), just north of where I went in Argentinian Patagonia in 2010.

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Lago O’Higgins/ Lago San Martin again, closer up.

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Here is the ice shelf just north of Mount Fitzroy.

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And here is Mount Fitzroy.  There are a couple of views from land in my 2010 trip in this post (and also the post before).

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Mount Fitzroy, again.

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Southerrn Patagonia Icefields and Glaciar Viedma leading to Lago Viedma.  There are some distant glimpses of the glacier in this 2010 post when I was staying at Estancia Helsingfors on the shores of Lago Viedma, and some of Mount Fitroy on the previous post.

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A closer view of Glaciar Viedma.

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By now, all the people seated on the right side of the plane had gotten up and stood in the aisle, admiring the spectacular views.

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On the left is Glaciar Upsala, flowing into Braza Upsala, an arm of Lago Argentina.

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This image and the next one are at branches further south of Lago Argentina.

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This image and the next one, both mysterious, are somewhere just north of Punta Arenas.

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A wreck, probably in the Straits of Magellen.

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Still in South America, somewhere between Punta Arenas and the Falklands, not sure exactly where.

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The 55-hour transfer, Part 1

29th to 31st October 2015. Antananariva, Madagascar to AbuDhabi to Sao Paulo, Brazil (and thence to the Falklands).

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I now resume with final posts on my journey to Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island and the Atacama Desert. The last post covered Port Dauphin and leaving Madagascar from Tana (Antananariva).

My trigger for this journey was signing on for a cruise to South Georgia Island. I then realised that it was possible to combine this with a photographic tour of Madagascar, there being a little over a week between the two. It seemed appropriate to spend that week in the Falklands because the ship for South Georgia left from there and I was thus minimising my chance of missing the departure. The problem was that the plane for the Falklands left from Santiago in Chile only once every week. At the time there were no cheap direct flights from Johannesburg direct to Sao Paulo that fitted in with my timetable and I chose to save over $1,000 by flying via Abu Dhabi. That left me with a massive 55-hour transfer from Tana to Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo to Santiago (where I managed to snatch three hours sleep at a hotel) to Punta Arenas to Port Chalmers to Pebble Island.

This will be the first of three posts of views from my seat on the airplanes. I didn’t have a window seat from Tana to Johannesburg or from Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi so no images there. This post covers the flight from Abu Dhabi to Sao Paulo. No images after that for the night flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago. The second post shows views of the Andes and the third post aerial views of the Falklands.

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Abu Dhabi Control Tower.  Either an example of post-modern architecture, a representation of the crescent moon, or the result of strong winds that weren’t in evidence when I was there.

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A highway near the Airport.  As you can see, this really is a desert environment.

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Dormitory suburbs and an elaborate clover leaf.  One wonders what it’s like living there when the wind gets up and the sand blows in.

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In the Gulf near Abu Dhabi.  Probably an exclusive hotel on the left, perhaps an exclusive residence on the right.  Accessible only from the sea.

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This is five hours later over Africa.  This is an arid region and my guess is Sudan or South Sudan.

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This image and the next one are at a similar location.

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Now we are closer to the coast (and nearly a couple of hours later).  The cloud cover is just starting to break up and we can see a large river winding below us.  In each case there are small towns beside the river.

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Here a large town is more visible.

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Now the coast and the Atlantic Ocean.  Looking at the coast in Google Earth I couldn’t map the location but I think it’s probably the coast of Gabon or perhaps Congo Brazzaville.  The previous three images are relatively close to here.

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Now we are on the other side of the Atlantic, seven hours later.  This appears to be Guarujá, a seaside suburb of Santos, the port for Sao Paulo.

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This is Repressa Billings (or Billings Reservoir), the main source of (hydroelectric) power for Sao Paulo.  There are problems with pollution and it was down to 20% of capacity in 2015 as a consequence of an El Niño drought in 2014/15.

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Sao Paulo, the most populous city in South America with 11.2 million people in 2013.

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Monochromes from Point Hicks

Point Hicks, Victoria, Australia, 11 to 15 November 2016

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A recent post was from a trip to Point Hicks Lighthouse that I organised for the Canberra Photographic Society. Fourteen of us stayed in the lighthouse cottages for four nights. I had previously visited Point Hicks in 1987  while travelling around Australia photographing lighthouses for the Bicentennial History From Dusk Till Dawn ..

Here are some monochrome conversions, some from images that did not appear in the earlier post….

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Blues Piano Night

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Here is another live music post, this time in Canberra. I was asked to photograph the Blues Piano Night last Friday. Two pianos, four excellent piano players, both solos and combined performances.

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Alison Penney

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Wayne Kelly, or at least his hands

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There were two sets and Tim Hulsman filled in during the break.

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Tim Hulsman.

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Leo Joseph.

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John Black.

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Wayne Kelly.

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You should have an idea of who is who by now.

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Not sure what was going on here…

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And all together, near the finale.

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Sydney Blues and Roots Festival 2016

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I had missed this Festival the previous two years due to being overseas but this year I was able to cover it. It is held in Windsor, an old town now part of Sydney, and this year it was out of the main part of town and in a very compact location. There was a particularly fine array of bands, the lighting was much improved on previous Festivals. Here are some of the images…

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Urban Chiefs

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Tomcat Playground

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Claude Hay

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Jimmy Bee, Cyril B Bunter Band

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Lesz Karski, The Hippos

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Kane Denelly and John Gwilliam, 19 Twenty

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Christina Crofts

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Michelle Van Der Meer, Michelle Van Der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers

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Robert Susz, Continental Robert’s Soul Kinda Feeling Revue

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Phil Manning

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Marshall O’Kell

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Glen Cardier, Glen Cardier and the Sideshow

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Jeremy Edwards, Glen Cardier and the Sideshow

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Mal Eastick, The Stars

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Bob Gammage, The Stars

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Chris Cain

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James Southwell Band

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Tanya Bethune, Sugar Bowl Hokum

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Lyn Hinds, Bounty Hunters

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David Hinds, Bounty Hunters

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Mitch Anderson, Harry Brus Band with Mitchell Anderson

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Mario Millo

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Greg Hatton and Christopher Wilson, Psycho Zydecho

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Elizabeth Anne Stocco, Gail Page Band

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Zoltan John Budai, Gail Page Band

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Chris Wilson, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Mark Kennedy, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Gail Page, Manning Wilson Southwell Band

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Rebecca Davey, Dreamboogie

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Diesel

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There are many more images.  On the Sydney Blues Festival Page you will find links to images from the 2016 Festival, as well the previous festivals from 2009 .  For 2016 there is Top 100 Images and links for each of 39 bands.

Alternatively, there is also a direct overall link to all Sydney 2016 images in JAlbum (with overview images and images by band organised by folder).

For other images of a particular band I may have taken since 2006, see the Musicians and Bands Page, which lists links alphabetically by band.

 

 

Return to Point Hicks

Point Hicks, Victoria, Australia, 11 to 15 November 2016

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I have just returned from a trip to Point Hicks Lighthouse that I organised for the Canberra Photographic Society. Fourteen of us stayed in the lighthouse cottages for four nights. I had previously visited Point Hicks in 1987 while travelling around Australia photographing lighthouses for the Bicentennial History From Dusk Till Dawn.

Here is a selection of images from last weekend….

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Inside the prism at the top of the lighthouse.
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Looking down the inside of the lighthouse.
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Lighthouse and cottage.
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Lighthouse and “supermoon” at night.
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Up till this point the images were taken on a Fuji system but I had a little canoeing accident the next day that meant that two cameras and two lenses went underwater, fortunately fresh water.  They are now convalescing inside beds of uncooked rice and I will send them to Fuji for checking and renovation in a couple of weeks time.  Fortunately, being car and residence-based, I had taken both systems so remaining images are on Nikon.

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Lichen on a rock beside the sea, Honeymoon Beach.

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One of my drowned SD cards in a Fuji body was not working afterwards, so we will see what happens when it dries right out.   I may have had many good images on it.  The lichen one was one that I could take again.

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I had another misadventure at night when missed a step down in the middle of the cottage and flew head-first into a wooden wall.  I was immediately surrounded by people equipped for first aid and ultimately little damage was done.

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Walking in to the sand dunes about a kilometre north of the lighthouse.
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Greg, Stephanie and Ken on the dunes.
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They are the highest dunes in Victoria and the highest ones are visible from the top of that dune.

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Dune view with tilt-shift lens, focusing along the plane of the sand.  There are two walkers on the horizon at middle left.
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Sand.
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Are they tiny ripples or massive dunes?
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Blue Wren with probably a bit of yellow blossom in his mouth.

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Just outside the back door was a mother eastern brown snake and here a baby, both living in a hole.

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Brown snakes don’t usually have stripes but can have a variety of appearances and juveniles often have stripes.  They are considered the second most poisonous terrestrial snake in the world (to the inland taipan, also in Australia), but are not usually aggressive and don’t usually cause problems.  Good idea to avoid stepping on one though and the juveniles are also quite poisonous.
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We headed off in a four wheel drive adventures to Clinton Rocks and this was a twig on the beach.
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Though we didn’t make it to Clinton Rocks proper we did find interesting rocks and vividly coloured marine plants.
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Looking straight down at some curious marine life forms at my feet.
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The last evening at the lighthouse.
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It was a stormy night and the sun briefly appeared just long enough for me to take this photograph.
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Even without the sun out, the light was still pretty dramatic.
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On the way out, Xanthorrhea at the side of the road.  Many species develop a trunk, though not this one, probably Xanthorrhea Minor.  They can be quite long-living.
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Xanthorrhea Minor and Ant.
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