Fleeting beauty

Once again, I found myself back at the Japanese cherry blossom trees without my ‘big’ camera;

Once again I did the best I could with my mobile phone.

I gasped as I looked down the south alley:

Most of the sakura blossoms had already fallen

Creating a magical world of petals and light.

Chess

In Japan, people contemplate the fallen petals

As a reminder of how fleeting life is.

Fleeting

The trees on the north side

Were bursting out in pink pops of joy.

PInk canopy

Everyone – no matter religion or nationality –

Was united in pure enjoyment of the blossoms.

(Look at the big grin on the face of the woman to the right of the monks.)

Monks

Just as I was leaving, the sun burst through the clouds

Reminding me that there is beauty in those brief moments we call life.

Dramatic sky

For more fleeting moments, please visit: Our World.

105 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Gamerzz Place.

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:04

  2. Beautiful. This tree is magical. One can never get enough of its beauty. I have two in front of my building. They make a beautiful sight.

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:04

  3. GORGEOUS!

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:10

  4. Beautiful! What an experience. And I am always good at leaving the big camera behind too, so frustrating.

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:12

  5. Oh!! this is so beautiful. And such a metaphor for life. What a wonderful moment to be in exactly the right place and having a camera to capture it.

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:18

  6. 🙂

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:45

  7. Reblogged this on Fiesta Estrellas and commented:

    ” Just for today, I will not worry.

    Just for today, I will not anger.

    Just for today, I will earn my living honestly.

    Just for today, I will honor my parents, teachers and elders.

    Just for today, I will show gratitude for everything.” ~Reiki Prayer

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    May 11, 2015 at 15:59

  8. These images stirred my soul this morning in the absolute best way….<3

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    May 11, 2015 at 16:00

  9. Sooo beautiful!

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    May 11, 2015 at 16:04

  10. Beautiful scenes Fiona – breathtaking.

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    May 11, 2015 at 16:21

  11. Pink is pink, lovely colour.

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    May 11, 2015 at 16:45

  12. I can just imagine the amazing SMELL looking at your photos! That pile of blooms on the ground would have called to me to make them into a heart! So pretty!

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    May 11, 2015 at 16:50

  13. When you stop to really look there is so much beauty and absolute magic to see…The photos are amazing.

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    May 11, 2015 at 17:29

  14. so gorgeous! they do not last long enough.

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    May 11, 2015 at 18:40

  15. Fantastic photos, the falling petals have a special name in Japan. Wish I could remember it but I did a post about that very word some time ago. I will have to go on a search.

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    May 11, 2015 at 19:45

  16. Mac

    cool. No such sights around here 🙂

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    May 11, 2015 at 19:53

  17. I gasped just looking at the beautiful pictures. Can only imagine how it would be to actually BE there.

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    May 11, 2015 at 20:09

  18. joy

    Just so fantastic!

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    May 11, 2015 at 20:28

  19. So heavenly, Fi. Angel confetti!

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    May 11, 2015 at 20:31

  20. Such a wonderful Post.. I came via Ka’s reblog.. Peace and Love your way Lady Fi………..
    Blessings Sue

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    May 11, 2015 at 20:32

  21. Absolutely amazing! The colors and sheer number of blooms are something else.

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    May 11, 2015 at 20:45

  22. I love to see those flowers radiating light, nice pictures !!

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    May 11, 2015 at 21:01

  23. These photos are amazing!!!

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    May 11, 2015 at 21:16

  24. So entrancingly lovely!

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    May 11, 2015 at 22:03

  25. Great photos The blossoms and the light are very beautiful.

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    May 11, 2015 at 22:12

  26. Those are stunningly beautiful, you have captured a moment in time…your shots make me miss them even more. There are not that many ornamental cherries, or plums in the Okanagan, especially compared to Vancouver, which is very much like Japan in climate, and chock full of them.

    Too many orchards, and dangers of cross pollination up here so you rarely see them.

    Jen

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    May 11, 2015 at 22:33

  27. They cherry blossoms are beautiful, it is a shame they do not last longer.. Lovely images. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

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    May 11, 2015 at 23:21

  28. Such truly lovely shots
    I always so love your photos

    See you in a month , i am on a blogging break , it is so needed

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    May 11, 2015 at 23:35

  29. Wonderful shots of the beautiful trees in flower. I love how you also captured petals on the ground. That’s one of my favorite things (colorful flower petals that have recently dropped).

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    May 11, 2015 at 23:51

  30. Ron

    In Japan, people contemplate the fallen petals

    As a reminder of how fleeting life is.”

    Yes, you’re absolutely right about that, Fiona, because I lived in Japan for awhile. What an amazing country and such lovely people.

    Gorgeous photographs:) And I can’t believe you took these with your mobile phone, they’re incredible!

    Especially loved the second to last photo with the monks. What a great people shot!

    Have a beautiful week, my friend!
    X

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    May 12, 2015 at 00:53

  31. WOW! Amazing….this is just a gorgeous place to be…:)JP

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    May 12, 2015 at 01:21

  32. Just gorgeous, Fi, especially the last one.

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    May 12, 2015 at 01:28

  33. And once again you have captured ephemeral beauty. Thank you.

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    May 12, 2015 at 01:34

  34. thanks for today’s pleasure!

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    May 12, 2015 at 01:54

  35. You did more than your best with the cell phone. These photos are outstanding. I especial liked the first photo and how used the trees as a frame for the scene..

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    May 12, 2015 at 02:35

  36. Beautifully captured!!

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    May 12, 2015 at 03:04

  37. totally beautiful scenes.

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    May 12, 2015 at 03:22

  38. calvin

    These have their own unique quality. They are like children, full life and exuberance. Whether a camera phone, an Instamatic, a pin hole or a big camera, photographs are taken by eyes and the processes of the mind. The artist makes art from any tool he can lay his hands on. Don’t you think.

    If only we could live year round under a canopy such these. We would be a kinder gentler earth beings.

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    May 12, 2015 at 03:33

  39. These are wonderful photos. I really enjoyed them.

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    May 12, 2015 at 03:36

  40. Pink Magic.
    Lady Fi, that is one of my ALL TIME fave scents!!!! xx

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    May 12, 2015 at 04:52

  41. Magical! Healing!( ‘>
    /))
    //””

    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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    May 12, 2015 at 05:30

  42. Delightful – especially the pink pops of joy! Wishing you a wonderful week ahead Fi

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    May 12, 2015 at 05:51

  43. So beautiful! Wonderful sequence of images, delightful colors, and nice words too.

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    May 12, 2015 at 06:05

  44. I wish to experience something like this some day.

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    May 12, 2015 at 06:06

  45. sylviakirk

    Awesome, breathtaking captures!! Thank you so much for sharing these!!

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    May 12, 2015 at 06:37

  46. once again, beautiful photos, even without the big camera!

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    May 12, 2015 at 06:38

  47. again – so so beautiful 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 06:51

  48. Cherry snow!!!
    The best camera is the one you have with you. 😉

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    May 12, 2015 at 07:19

  49. Gorgeous images. And so precious also because lasting only for a short time.
    If we had trees looking like that all the year round, we (most of us) probably wouldn’t appreciate them…

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    May 12, 2015 at 09:21

  50. I always think they have thrown confetti at a parade of people!

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    May 12, 2015 at 09:24

  51. Wow, very well travelled monks!
    All the way from Tibet? 😉

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    May 12, 2015 at 10:17

  52. j’aime l’effet dans cet avant dernier cliché

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    May 12, 2015 at 10:37

  53. The first one reminds me of the french impressionist paintings. Marvelous.

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:15

  54. Beautiful indeed ! Don’t you wish the blossoming part of spring could last a bit longer…

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:43

  55. They are just beautiful. What a pity the life of the blossom is so short.

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    May 12, 2015 at 11:50

  56. Stunning! I wish I were there myself, must be magical to be surrounded by Japanese cherry blossoms 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 12:41

  57. It is an explosion of life and color, this place

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    May 12, 2015 at 12:52

  58. wonderful blossom trees and photos, awesome series and stunning colors

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    May 12, 2015 at 13:35

  59. Mother nature’s palette so beautiful and divine ~ great shots!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    May 12, 2015 at 15:43

  60. I’m beaming too! Thank you Fiona for capturing the magical moments 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 16:11

  61. Don

    They make an remarkable canopy over the crowds. It must have been gorgeous to be there and see and feel the effects.

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    May 12, 2015 at 17:17

  62. Inspiring words and breathtaking captures.

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    May 12, 2015 at 17:33

  63. Hi Lady Fi,
    What a realistic thought and a timely reminder! Thank you!!
    The photos are fantastic.
    I thank you for visiting my site.
    May your day be enjoyable!
    Peace 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 17:33

  64. The cherry blossoms look like confetti when they fall – gorgeous!

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    May 12, 2015 at 18:26

  65. It’s so sad the blossoms don’t last very long. Perhaps that’s one reason we appreciate them so much. And of course because they are truly beautiful.

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    May 12, 2015 at 18:29

  66. A joyous sight!

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    May 12, 2015 at 18:47

  67. Very beautiful pictures ! Our Japanese cherry trees, have finished blooming, sad !

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    May 12, 2015 at 18:47

  68. Beautiful~you did a great job capturing the trees, petals and the people 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 19:03

  69. Incredible scene with the most beautiful cherry blossoms.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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    May 12, 2015 at 19:28

  70. Ela

    Oh, these are amazing views !!
    Greetings

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    May 12, 2015 at 20:38

  71. Glorious indeed!

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    May 12, 2015 at 20:51

  72. Magnifiques clichés.

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    May 12, 2015 at 21:55

  73. Beautiful…the pictures look like as they are from some fairy tales…. 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 22:08

  74. So true, so amazing…fleeting beauty!!! Wonderful thoughts… I’m amazed at every instant captured! I love every detail…and I can “embrace” the joy of soul… Warm greetings as always and thankful for seeing so much cheerfulness in mind and spirit! 🙂

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    May 12, 2015 at 23:17

  75. interesting images. I like them. But it would have been cool if you had images from both camera and phone. In what way would they differ?

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    May 13, 2015 at 00:48

  76. Beautiful photos. Impressive that they were taken with a smartphone instead of a big DSLR. 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 01:10

  77. Al

    Wow, that is gorgeous! As is your sky in the previous post.

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    May 13, 2015 at 02:25

  78. oh! how you amaze me with those eyes of yours!
    THANK you for letting us stand in these places right inside your lens:)
    Beautiful beyond words.
    -Jennifer

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    May 13, 2015 at 03:58

  79. Jen

    wonderful photos
    blossoms are so pretty
    I especially liked your first and last photos 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 04:19

  80. Beautiful and pretty pink blooms.

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    May 13, 2015 at 05:07

  81. What a wonderful experience, Fiona! It is easy to see why there is a religious significance to cherry blossoms–like life, their time is beautiful but Fleeting.

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    May 13, 2015 at 05:43

  82. It’s a magical world you’re showing us. Thank you. I’d like to experience that one day.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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    May 13, 2015 at 06:02

  83. Wow! These are wonderful!

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    May 13, 2015 at 06:13

  84. Truly beautiful photos. I love cherry blossoms 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 06:48

  85. Truly beautiful. I love cherry blossoms. 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 06:49

  86. Fleeting beauty is what makes it especially beautiful! As human beings, our beauty is also fleeting, and with time, we learn to develop our inner beauty which shines in a more meaningful way, don’t you think?

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    May 13, 2015 at 08:03

    • Yes, I totally agree!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      May 14, 2015 at 10:54

  87. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers

    I would love to walk under this canopy!

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    May 13, 2015 at 09:42

  88. wow! looks like heaven 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 10:58

  89. just so beautiful!

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    May 13, 2015 at 11:51

  90. Whata wonderful photo. Beauty maybe fleeting but when it gets immortalise in photo it is amazing☺

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    May 13, 2015 at 12:02

  91. Lovely it is too bad they don’t last longer:)

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    May 13, 2015 at 15:15

  92. Wow! It is very interesting article! I’m glad to see it!

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    May 13, 2015 at 15:38

  93. so absolutely gorgeous. love the contrast against the blue sky

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    May 13, 2015 at 17:40

  94. Gorgeous 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 20:48

  95. Big camera or smartphone, your photos are still unique! 🙂

    Greetings from London.

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    May 13, 2015 at 22:09

  96. Im so lucky to be back to your blog at this time you’re posting these beautiful, heavenly views again. That picture with the sun is just perfect. I sgree about celebrating life through the beauty of nature.

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    May 13, 2015 at 23:34

  97. Such delicate blooms on what appears to be a chilly day. It would be magical to walk beneath that pink canopy.

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    May 14, 2015 at 04:42

  98. United in enjoyment of the beauty of nature… A lovely image.

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    May 14, 2015 at 11:35

  99. Flower Power…. And that’s real in their life! Fantastic!!!

    Look maybe here on my WatW http://happy-hour-with-picts.blogspot.de/2015/05/in-den-seitenstraen.html

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    May 14, 2015 at 12:55

  100. Remarkable picture – but the spring colours really can disappear overnight.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    May 14, 2015 at 13:39

  101. It is a new way to see this matter. It is interesting as well. http://www.bellofpeace.org

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    May 14, 2015 at 13:52

  102. daryledelstein

    timing is everything .. what a stupendous moment and how well you captured it even without the BIG camera!

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    May 14, 2015 at 16:32

  103. Our blossom is over now but I do love those fleeting moments filled witn pink petals.

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    May 17, 2015 at 09:53

  104. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; OMG!!! What a FANTASTIC post with beautiful pictures of Sakura♡♡♡ I LOVE the way you expressed the flowers as ‘Creating a magical world of petals and light’♬♬♬ I DO agree cherry blossoms area reminder of how fleeting life is; I feel like I married yesterday(was 22 years old) but I’m 60 this year celebrating special year ‘kanreki, 還暦’ in Japan p:-)
    I feel so sorry about my belated comment for this great post.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in England, xoxo Miyako*

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    May 18, 2015 at 10:25

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