The cup of wonder

Sometimes, in the midst of our routine lives,

The mist parts

To reveal something so gorgeous

So wondrous

That we just have to stop and gaze

And let our hearts swell with the feeling of reverence

And joy.

I am always thankful for the reminder

To stop a while

And drink from the cup of wonder.

For more wonder, please visit: Our World and Skywatch.

I’m away making the most of the last week of the summer holidays, so please excuse my absence!

Don’t forget to enter my give-away here, if you want to…

115 responses

  1. STUNNING! These photos look like paintings! I always seek for “Daily Wonders” -finding every day moments that makes life so beautiful! 😀

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    August 13, 2012 at 16:46

  2. Dream like photos!! If I stand here, I will forget all worry and cares. Just I will gaze at wonder of nature and keep standing. I love especially the third. I wish I were here at this gorgeous moment.
    keiko

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    August 13, 2012 at 16:51

  3. Lady Fi,
    thank you for allowing us to drink from the cup of your wisdom. ❤ X

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    August 13, 2012 at 16:54

  4. Jim

    I’ll drink from ‘that cup’ any day! And thanks Fiona for your inspirational insights. Have a lovely holiday.

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    August 13, 2012 at 16:59

  5. TexWisGirl

    you gave me chills this morning…

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    August 13, 2012 at 17:17

  6. sylviakirk

    You did indeed take my breath away this morning, Fiona! Incredible look at your beautiful world. Sometimes all it takes is one of those magical moments to help us see/feel the beauty of our world!

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    August 13, 2012 at 17:39

  7. Amazing colors and sooo romantic. Great capture !

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    August 13, 2012 at 17:46

  8. I am in awe of your lake in all its transformations! The rising mist is a special treat. Enjoy your away time, Fi!

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    August 13, 2012 at 17:50

  9. It seems your talent and brilliant observations never take a holiday, Fi! These are magnificent!

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    August 13, 2012 at 18:26

  10. Wow—that is AWESOME… That first picture especially just took my breath away…. Talk about WONDER…. Talk about reverence…. That what it is all about… Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    August 13, 2012 at 18:27

  11. I’ve enjoyed taking a sip from your beautiful cup of wonder. Just lovely.

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    August 13, 2012 at 18:31

  12. Beautiful fairy-tale photographs. I am greeting

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    August 13, 2012 at 19:18

  13. I can only look in wonder at these magnificent photos.

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    August 13, 2012 at 19:20

  14. Don

    The lifting of the mist has always been a profound symbol for me – the awakening of deeper perception and sight. These images of yours are magnificent and certainly stir that very thing in me. The clouds in the top image are majestic and awe-inspiring. Thanks for a feast of vision.

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    August 13, 2012 at 19:27

  15. Pat

    Stunning shots!

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    August 13, 2012 at 19:42

  16. reverence and joy…i def think that is a appropriate response…smiles…lovely captures….

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    August 13, 2012 at 20:09

  17. Magical shots and good words to accompany them too.

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    August 13, 2012 at 21:39

  18. Spectacular series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    August 13, 2012 at 22:11

  19. A truely ‘awe and wonder’ moment.

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    August 13, 2012 at 22:16

  20. So serene and calm. A breath of fresh air in the hecticness of day to day life. Lovely images!

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    August 13, 2012 at 22:22

  21. I’m always sipping from this cup, Fiona…always in awe and amazement!

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    August 13, 2012 at 22:54

  22. wonder is right! Stunning!

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:01

  23. Beautiful captures of the mist lifting and revealing the mirror-like water with such an expanse of bird life. Enjoy your Summer Break Fi.

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:02

  24. You are the master with color and composition. Wow!

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:19

  25. Just beautiful, Lady Fi! A lovely scene and a simple pleasure to be thankful for. Beautiful images.

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:29

  26. Amazing photographs!! and great text to go with them…/Susanne

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:31

  27. How wonderful misty shots.

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    August 13, 2012 at 23:35

  28. cloudia

    Enjoy your holiday!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

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    August 14, 2012 at 00:06

  29. Stunning series of images, LadyFi. Enjoy the rest of your holidays! 🙂

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    August 14, 2012 at 00:09

  30. Yes, a spectacular series of shots – and many share your sentiments. How different our world seems when we practice our skills of observation and appreciation for what surrounds us. Thanks for sharing your gifts and may the rest of your holidays “top up your tank” ! (Thanks for visiting my blog too)

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    August 14, 2012 at 00:17

  31. Such a gorgeous landscape in mist, I just love it! 🙂 and the birds flying..Lovely!
    I’ve made my blog private, so if you want to visit me, send me your email address, I would be happy! 🙂

    Have lovely August days!

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    August 14, 2012 at 00:48

  32. Absolutely beautiful shots!!! So serene.

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    August 14, 2012 at 00:56

  33. onceupona

    Gorgeous! The clouds in the first one are really lovely. Cheers! Danette

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    August 14, 2012 at 01:09

  34. Outstanding images, very different.

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    August 14, 2012 at 01:12

  35. Truly beautiful. I loved each and every photo in this series. Thank you.

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    August 14, 2012 at 05:52

  36. Beautiful images! Nature never fails to inspire wonder! Loved this series of images.

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    August 14, 2012 at 06:31

  37. Bob

    Beautiful misty photos, really powerful.

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    August 14, 2012 at 08:58

  38. indrani

    Lovely pics. They will make wonderful posters.

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    August 14, 2012 at 09:37

  39. Glorious!!!

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    August 14, 2012 at 10:07

  40. These are just magnificent capture, and your cup of wonder has just become my pot of gold..so lovely!

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    August 14, 2012 at 10:31

  41. They look like impressionist paintings!

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:06

  42. Beyond lovely, Fiona.

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:07

  43. Awesome composition of photos on the blissful exists! Very beautiful

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:15

  44. Beautiful photos, I really like how you captured these beautiful birds on the lake in mist, exquisite color. Greetings.

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    August 14, 2012 at 11:58

  45. That is a wonderful set of pictures – they do make the cup of wonder full!

    SM

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    August 14, 2012 at 12:06

  46. Awesome pics…so unique they are!

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    August 14, 2012 at 13:52

  47. Have fun on your last week of Vacation..school starts soon I guess. Lovely photos of your magical part of the world:)

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    August 14, 2012 at 15:44

  48. Magnificent photography ~ Great reminders of nature’s gifts each day ~ (A Creative Harbor) on blogger

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    August 14, 2012 at 15:53

  49. entirely beautiful
    the first photo has my heart!

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    August 14, 2012 at 16:17

  50. JM

    There’s magic in the air. Absolutely beautiful!

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    August 14, 2012 at 17:11

  51. Magical shots and words!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week.
    Mette

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    August 14, 2012 at 18:30

  52. A cup of wonder is always a good thing!!

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    August 14, 2012 at 20:12

  53. The reminder is wonderful,perfect . And I know all of you are enjoying the last of Summer Holidays. (And shouldn’t you have another month or so off ;>)? Looks so much like here in Oregon, where, really, summer weather has just begun!

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    August 14, 2012 at 20:12

    • School ended at the end of June and goes back next week – quite a long holiday anyway! And hard for us parents to take that much time off work too… but oh yes, I’d love another month or three of holiday!

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      August 14, 2012 at 20:16

  54. LadyFi, those are amazing morning-lit fogs. I love the bird action, too! Calming!

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    August 14, 2012 at 20:30

  55. These are fantastic photos. I love the sentiments you’ve captured also because that is just how I feel when I come across the wonder of nature and life in the day to day .

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    August 14, 2012 at 21:06

  56. Wonderful !

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    August 14, 2012 at 21:10

  57. To drink from the cup of wonder… such a beautiful image!

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    August 14, 2012 at 21:17

  58. I can hardly choose which one I like best.

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    August 14, 2012 at 21:17

  59. That first one, especially, is stunning with the clouds above the water.

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    August 14, 2012 at 22:21

  60. Wonderful shots!

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    August 14, 2012 at 22:42

  61. your place does get very nice sunsets. I wish I had a place like that nearby.

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    August 14, 2012 at 23:00

  62. Gorgeous light!

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    August 14, 2012 at 23:04

  63. imac

    Spell bound Photography.

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    August 14, 2012 at 23:19

  64. sandy

    Wow!

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    August 14, 2012 at 23:20

  65. All gorgeous!

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    August 15, 2012 at 01:37

  66. All of them too good! I can not choose which is the favorite…it is calming here at this place you have created, it is a nice escape to take our mind off of the news of the day, you really can capture the right light.

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    August 15, 2012 at 01:57

  67. As usual, your photos are amazing!

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    August 15, 2012 at 02:15

  68. WONDER-FUL!! These are lovely and look like paintings!

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    August 15, 2012 at 02:23

  69. refreshingly beautiful 🙂

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    August 15, 2012 at 07:45

  70. Ever so beautiful, Fi, even with no dog in sight!
    K

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    August 15, 2012 at 07:45

  71. Really wonderful shots – like it.

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    August 15, 2012 at 09:21

  72. This is really stunning, beautiful series and very fine mood and photos

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    August 15, 2012 at 09:58

  73. A wondrous world indeed.

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    August 15, 2012 at 18:45

  74. Stunning photos that truly do make you stop and gaze. 🙂

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    August 16, 2012 at 00:06

  75. That first image is simply breathtaking!! Beyond words!!

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    August 16, 2012 at 01:35

  76. Wow! Fabulous captures.

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    August 16, 2012 at 02:40

  77. These lake shots are just gorgeous!

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    August 16, 2012 at 03:19

  78. So amazing! Thank you for this breathtaking post.

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    August 16, 2012 at 03:22

  79. Breathtaking views! Thanks for sharing your cup of wonder, Lady Fi. It was such a delight drinking from it.


    My Yatra Diary…

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    August 16, 2012 at 05:47


  80. · I am back again so I can enjoy your fantastic photos. You are great.

    · regards

    CR. & .LMA
    ________________________________
    ·

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    August 16, 2012 at 11:56

  81. I wish I could hang the first one in my living room. Beautiful shots as always!

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    August 16, 2012 at 17:59

  82. Going to the beach…see you soon!

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    August 17, 2012 at 01:30

  83. So beautiful!!

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    August 17, 2012 at 13:35

  84. Serene… truly magical 🙂

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    August 17, 2012 at 14:45

  85. An amazing lake yield yet another brilliant scenery.

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    August 17, 2012 at 16:51

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  87. Liz

    Beautiful photos! Happy sky watching.

    Still Cloudy

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    August 17, 2012 at 18:17

  88. so, so peaceful and calming ~ hope you’re enjoying your time away

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    August 17, 2012 at 18:45

  89. Super,b Fiona! Am going back and forth bewtween the first and the third image, but…II don’t have to choose!

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    August 17, 2012 at 20:52

  90. lindyloumacinitaly

    Wondrous indeed it is so important to take time to stand and stare. 🙂

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    August 17, 2012 at 21:03

  91. What a gorgeous scenery, stunning!
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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    August 17, 2012 at 21:11

  92. A cup is not enough!
    Can I have another one please? 😉

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    August 17, 2012 at 21:55

  93. So, so, so beautiful.

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    August 17, 2012 at 22:29

  94. These are simply awesome – thank you.

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    August 17, 2012 at 23:35

  95. Breathtaking!!

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    August 18, 2012 at 03:44

  96. Beautiful – they look like watercolour paintings.

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    August 18, 2012 at 03:47

  97. Captured beautifully! Visiting from Sky Watch Friday.

    My Skywatch, hope you’d come and see.
    Have a great weekend.

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    August 18, 2012 at 04:05

  98. Very painterly! Amazing colours.

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    August 18, 2012 at 07:47

  99. And the “cup of wonder” was overflowing this time. Your photos are utterly amazing–they should be in magazines for thousands to see and enjoy. You have a talent for finding and capturing the most beautiful things. Thank you. Have a great weekend. Mickie 🙂

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    August 18, 2012 at 07:47

  100. Very beautiful !

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    August 18, 2012 at 11:42

  101. Gorgeous shots, Fi!

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    August 18, 2012 at 12:06

  102. Stunning, but then all of your shots are.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    August 18, 2012 at 16:17

  103. thesmittenimage

    Oh my.. any visit by herons is a gift… but this scene is just an absolute wonder. Gorgeous shots, Fi.

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    August 18, 2012 at 21:28

  104. Gorgeous shots as always!
    Love the third!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Happy Sunday***

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    August 18, 2012 at 23:02

  105. i think you lake is full to over flowing with magic
    and you have the perfect heart for capturing and sharing it!

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    August 20, 2012 at 07:22

  106. Congrats on your POTW!!

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    August 22, 2012 at 23:31

  107. daniellafrance

    Congratulations on being named POTW!!!

    Very deserving I might add. I love the first image…. the cup is indeed wondrous!

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    August 23, 2012 at 00:37

  108. TexWisGirl

    came back to say congrats on a POTW!!!

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    August 23, 2012 at 00:43

  109. congrats on the POTW … these photos are just incredibly beautiful!

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    August 23, 2012 at 00:47

  110. Congrats on the POTW! I’m glad Hilary listed it so I didn’t miss this one!

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    August 23, 2012 at 06:21

  111. breathtaking… I just love those.

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    August 23, 2012 at 11:59

  112. daryledelstein

    exquisite .. they look like water colors … congrats on your POTW .. definitely deserved!

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    August 23, 2012 at 14:23

  113. Lovely pictures, your are very good with the camera

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    August 23, 2012 at 21:15

  114. Those reflections on the water are just amazing!

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    September 5, 2012 at 18:24

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