Sunset Over Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock

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Courthouse Mountain & Chimney Rock Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado In hindsight, I knew I had seen pictures of them, but when I had driven Owl Creek Pass for the first time, I didn’t realize that Courthouse Mountain and Chimney Rock are the iconic monuments along that pass, prominently rising high above most vantage points. I had […]

The 2017 Colorado Fall Foliage Tour

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The 2017 Colorado Fall Foliage Tour After such an incredible long weekend last Fall that was full of beautiful weather, vivid-yellow Aspen groves, and colorful sunrises and sunsets, I was unbelievably excited to hit the road again this fall to shoot the Colorado Fall foliage throughout the state. Unlike last year, I planned out specific places […]

Missouri Lakes Holy Cross Wilderness Colorado

A Quick Overnight at Missouri Lakes

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Missouri Lakes: Take 2 Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado Despite the popularity of Missouri Lakes, it’s still in a remote part of Sawatch Range and the Holy Cross Wilderness with rugged ridgelines, alpine meadows and lakes. It’s a nice hike to a beautiful spot, which I had hiked for sunset earlier in the summer, but was […]

Gore Range Vail Colorado

The Gore Range & the Summer of Vail

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My Summer of Vail The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado ”In my opinion, the two most rugged mountain ranges in Colorado are the Gore Range northwest of Dillon Reservoir and the Needles Range in the remote San Juan Mountains.” – John Fielder (Famous Colorado landscape photographer) Although the Gore Range provides the backdrop to any skier […]

Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range

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Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado (*Not the Crater Lake in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness…) Backpacking Crater Lake in the Gore Range – A couple years ago, my buddy found a hike to the unofficially-named Crater Lake in the Gore Range at the base of the Spider (12,692′) and […]

Backpacking Deluge Lake in Vail

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Backpacking Deluge Lake in Vail The Gore Range, Vail, Colorado I had never even heard of Deluge Lake until a few years ago when a buddy (Ninety Seventy) had posted up some sunset pictures from his hike… it looked pretty awesome. Grand Traverse Peak (13,041′), the ridge that provides the impressive and iconic backdrop to Vail, […]

Crater Lake & the Maroon Bells

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Crater Lake & the Maroon Bells Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado My experience in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado is unfortunately really limited and based pretty much around Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells. I end up driving down to the Bells each fall, photographing the iconic sunrise scene with a couple hundred other people, […]

A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake

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A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake Gore Range, Vail, Colorado A Quick Overnight to Lost Lake – Even though it’s nestled up against the Gore Range and just over the ridge to the south of Piney Lake outside of Vail, the views at Lost Lake just aren’t as grand or iconic. It’s still a beautiful […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve San Luis Valley, Colorado I had been to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve twice in my years in Colorado, but I hadn’t shot the park because both trips were during my pre-photography years. Not to mention one of those trips involved way too much tequila… Located […]

Sunset Over North Clear Creek Falls

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Sunset Over North Clear Creek Falls Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado Unlike the Pacific Northwest or Yosemite National Park, Colorado isn’t known for it’s waterfalls. They’re out there, but many times they tend to be more of a series of cascades, which is just not as impressive or photogenic as their bigger relatives. I knew […]

The GoPro Mountain Games in Vail Colorado

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The GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado Vail, Colorado Every June, the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art, and music are held in Vail, CO. The GoPro Mountain Games are kind of the unofficial start to summer in the valley as professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail. Along […]

Winter So Far… Beaver Creek Colorado

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Winter So Far… Beaver Creek Colorado Honestly, it’s been a slow winter for me. I’m kinda bored and I’m itching to get some traveling in and some photography adventures.  But that also doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my ass at home… Sunrise skin up Beaver Creek. A nice lil’ 8″ powder day. I had planned to […]

Maroon Bells Fall Foliage

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Maroon Bells Fall Foliage Aspen, Colorado I spent a lot of time this fall chasing down the changing foliage throughout Colorado and essentially ticking off some photography goals that I had. One of those goals was to get back down to the Maroon Bells with the changing colors. Outside of Aspen, the Maroon Bells (Maroon Bells […]

A Slight Detour Over Kebler Pass

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A Slight Detour Over Kebler Pass Crested Butte & Gunnison, Colorado A Detour Over Kebler Pass – Many biologists and researchers believe that the largest living organism on the planet is the aspen grove. Aspens reproduce through their roots near the surface, which are known as suckers, that send up new chutes that eventually grow up to […]

A Dallas Divide Sunrise – Fall Foliage

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A Dallas Divide Sunrise San Juan Mountains, Colorado Dallas Divide Sunrise – The Dallas Divide is a high mountain pass along CO Route 62 with unsurpassed views of the Sneffels Range in the San Juan Mountains. It’s another one of those locations that is seen time and time again throughout various photography publications and is constantly praised […]

The Incredible Foliage of Owl Creek Pass

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The Incredible Foliage of Owl Creek Pass Ridgeway, Colorado I actually knocked out the San Juan Skyway Loop much quicker than I expected so when I got back to Ridgeway, I decided to head up Owl Creek Pass over to Silver Jack Reservoir. Owl Creek-Cimarron Road is an old cattle-drive trail winding up to Owl […]

The San Juan Skyway & the Million Dollar Highway

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The San Juan Skyway & the Million Dollar Highway San Juan Mountains, Colorado The San Juan Skyway traverses the heart of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado forming a 232 mile (373 km) loop designated as an All-American Road, a National Forest Scenic Byway, a Colorado Scenic & Historical Byway, and a route that […]

San Juan Skyway Fall Colors

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The San Juan Skyway Fall Colors San Juan Mountains, Colorado Having no solid evidence to back this up, I can confidently say that photographs of the San Juan Skyway fall colors are some of the most iconic and coveted images throughout the photography world. People who see pictures immediately add it to their bucket lists and photographers flock […]

Loveland Pass & the West Ridge

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Loveland Pass & the West Ridge Colorado Back when I lived in Summit County and before my photography days, I spent a lot of time up top Loveland Pass – hiking around, skiing under a full moon, or kicked back in a chair enjoying a beer and soaking in the view. But since moving an hour […]

Rifle Falls State Park, Colorado

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Rifle Falls State Park Rifle, Colorado Just like Rabbit Valley, I had been driving past the Rifle Falls State Park signs along I-70 for years, but never ventured off the highway to see them. The state park is comprised of a triple 70-foot waterfall on East Rifle Creek that’s surrounded by lush vegetation in an […]

Backpacking Dora Lake Colorado

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Backpacking Dora Lake Eagles Nest Wilderness, Colorado This past summer, I had a buddy who was extremely eager to backpack Dora Lake in the Gore Range of the Eagles Nest Wilderness in Colorado. Dora Lake is situated on top of a rare (for Colorado…) high alpine plateau and nestled under the knife-edge ridges of the Gore […]

Knowles Canyon Overlook – Rabbit Valley

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Knowles Canyon Overlook Rabbit Valley, Colorado One of my standard catalysts for some of the places I visit is simply from driving past a sign for something and thinking, “I should check that out sometime.” So once again, I begin with one of my typical introductions: I had been driving past the sign for Rabbit Valley (Colorado […]

The Incredible Colorado Fall Colors

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Colorado Fall Colors The Colorado fall colors have been in full swing and it’s absolutely incredible out there right now. After spending most of August on the road, I got back just in time to get hiking, biking, and driving my butt off as much as I can… One for the Road Photography – Shop […]

Colorado National Monument

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Colorado National Monument Grand Junction, Colorado I feel like Colorado National Monument is the red-headed stepchild of Colorado; Neglected and ignored simply because there are so many other beautiful places throughout the state. The park only sees a small fraction of visitors that other major national parks see and despite driving through Grand Junction ten times […]

Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Winter in Rocky Mountain National Park Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado With an itch to get the hell out of town after the holiday rush, we decided to head up to Estes Park to get away for a weekend in January. I had always wanted to experience winter in Rocky Mountain National Park from the east side, […]

15 Most Beautiful Spots in Colorado

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15 Most Beautiful Spots in Colorado Just like Conde Nast’s “13 Photos of the Most Beautiful Island in the World,” another click-bait article kept circulating throughout the summer of 2015 – The 15 Most Beautiful Spots in Colorado. Now, lists are subjective and of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I get that. But […]

Ruby-Horsethief Canyon Float Trip

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Colorado River: Ruby-Horsethief Canyon Float Trip Loma, Colorado “The Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River, from Loma, Colorado, to Westwater, Utah, is a 25-mile stretch of mostly flatwater with sections of Class I and II. This section of the Colorado runs through beautiful red rock canyons and has many day hike opportunities offering both solitude and […]

Backpacking Blue Lakes

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Backpacking Blue Lakes, Colorado The forecast was 10% chance of rain all weekend, but with the way this summer has been, we should have known better; It was naturally pouring when we woke up at the Blue Lakes trailhead outside of Ridgeway [Colorado] one Friday morning. We kept repeating to ourselves, “10%. It’ll burn off…” Instead, it only […]

Mystic Island Lake

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Mystic Island Lake Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado For about the first 3.5 miles, the Lake Charles trail in the northwestern Sawatch Range and Holy Cross Wilderness was actually kind of bland; A curvy, rutted, and rocky trail simply through a dense forest. The trail is plagued with ‘false summits’ where we expected to see the lake around […]

Flat Tops Wilderness

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The Flat Tops Wilderness Yampa, Colorado “I’ve heard it’s beautiful, but I’ve never been there.” A remark I’ve heard (and said myself) over and over again for the last couple of years. Designated a wilderness area in 1975, the Flat Tops is actually Colorado’s third largest, behind only Weminuche and Rocky Mountain National Park, but it still seems to […]

Shrine Mountain Inn, Jay’s Cabin

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Shrine Mountain Inn, Jay’s Cabin Vail Pass, Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Association “Shrine Mountain Inn is located on 80 acres of private land totally surrounded by National Forest. Why this parcel of private land on Shrine Pass exists is not clear. The land was neither a homestead nor a mining claim, but instead, was purchased […]

Fowler-Hilliard Hut

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Fowler-Hilliard Hut Camp Hale, Colorado 10th Mountain Division Hut Association “The Fowler-Hilliard Hut, owned and operated by 10th Mountain, was originally constructed in the summer of 1988. It was named for Ann Fowler and Ed Hilliard, avid mountaineers tragically killed in a climbing accident on North Maroon Peak near Aspen. Hut construction was generously funded […]

Spring in Fruita, Part Deux

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Spring in Fruita, Part Deux Another Spring weekend in the deserts of Colorado. (A Buddy’s first foray into playing his new toy…) Joe’s Ridge “Joe’s Ridge is accessed just off the 18 Road at the upper parking lot. It starts out as a mostly gentle climb, with one or two steeper anaerobic sections, characteristic of this […]

A March Mountain Biking Fix

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A March Mountain Biking Fix – Fruita, CO The last significant snow we saw in the mountains was in the first few days of March and it had been 50º and sunny since. Spring skiing can be awesome, when combined with cold beers, but I needed a mountain bike and a desert fix. I’m pretty privileged […]

2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

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2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Vail / Beaver Creek, Colorado The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek showcased over 700 athletes from more than 70 nations. These World Championships represented the largest and most impressive collection of ski racing talent in the world, second only to the Olympics. The tradition […]

White Christmas in Vail Colorado

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White Christmas in Vail Vail, Colorado It turned out to be a White Christmas in Vail. We had been in a pretty long snow-drought since November, but with a few feet of snow dumping right before the holiday, it made for some fantastic skiing and a beautiful, festive atmosphere. One for the Road Photography – Shop & […]

Do the Dew! 2014 Breckenridge Dew Tour

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Do the Dew! 2014 Breckenridge Dew Tour Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the Breckenridge Dew Tour returned to Colorado for the Mountain Championships. For the seventh straight year, the competition descended upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for four days of snowboard and freeski competitions, as well as live concerts and the interactive Dew Tour Experience, various games, and giveaways. It’s just […]

A Crusty Opening of China Bowl

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2014 Opening of China Bowl Vail Ski Resort, Colorado I do some very casual shooting for Vail Ski Resort every once and a while. I got a call on the first weekend of December that ski patrol was going to drop the ropes the next morning and open China Bowl for the season. Early season […]

The Historic & Picturesque Crystal Mill

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The Historic & Picturesque Crystal Mill Crystal, Colorado Crystal Mill* is one of the most picturesque and arguably one of the most photographed sites** in Colorado as it sits precariously perched on an outcropping of rock just above the Crystal River. Built in 1893 by George C. Eaton and B.S. Phillips, promoters of the Sheep Mountain Tunnel […]

Backpacking Ice Lakes Basin outside Silverton

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Backpacking Ice Lakes Basin Outside Silverton Silverton, Colorado I had read a bunch of articles about hiking and backpacking Ice Lakes Basin outside of Silverton, Colorado. I kept hearing how it’s arguably one of the most scenic and iconic areas of Colorado and I found it consistently listed on subjective “Best Hikes” or “Top Backpacking” lists. We didn’t […]

The 2014 GoPro Mountain Games

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The 2014 GoPro Mountain Games 2014 GoPro Mountain Games – Every June, the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art, and music are held in Vail, CO. The GoPro Mountain Games are considered the unofficial start to summer in the valley as professional and amateur athletes from around the world converge upon the mountains and rivers of Vail to […]

A Vivid Breckenridge Sunset

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A Vivid Breckenridge Sunset Breckenridge, Colorado Since getting my AT setup, I’ve been wanting to get back up Baldy Mountain to shoot sunset over Breckenridge. Fighting 40 mph winds, we hunkered down in some tree wells to wait the storm out… One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

Complete Solitude at Vail Ski Resort

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Complete Solitude at Vail Ski Resort Vail, Colorado Vail Ski Resort takes a lot of heat for long lift lines. Yes, sometimes it’s well justified, but that’s definitely not always the case and no matter what, at the end of the day, it’s always worth it. Last week after watching another cloudless sunrise from the North […]

Winter Hike to Hanging Lake

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Winter Hike to Hanging Lake Glenwood Canyon, Colorado I decided to take a winter hike to Hanging Lake… it’s pretty much like it is during the summer. Just whiter and more slippery of a walk. One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

9″ of Powder…

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9″ of Powder… Powder. So much powder… I slowed up on Asia posts this week – First, I’m up to the temples of Angkor, which will take a lot of time to get through. And secondly, I’m now dealing with bruised ribs (hopefully not broken) and have little-to-no will to sit up if I don’t […]

Fall at Piney Lake

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Fall at Piney Lake After an extremely wet September across Colorado (and some horrible flooding…), the skies finally cleared up for a final few days of summer. Then temperatures dropped and more rain came in finally leaving the high peaks coated in white… One for the Road Photography – Shop & Prints

Hanging Lake, Colorado

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Hanging Lake Glenwood Canyon, Colorado I’ve been up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon six times in the past two years since I put up this blog, but I’ve never actually sat down to post anything about it. It’s easily one of the most popular hikes in Colorado and luckily for me, it can be […]

Shrine Ridge atop Vail Pass

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Shrine Ridge Vail Pass, Colorado Shrine Ridge is a relatively easy hiking trail off Shrine Pass road (FSR 712), 2.3 miles from the Vail Pass exit. It’s a 2.1 mile hike with only 650′ elevation gain through wild flower-dotted meadows up to the ridge where you get full on 360° views of the Gore Range, Ten Mile […]

The Epic Two Elks Trail in Vail

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Two Elks Trail Vail, Colorado I’ve been hearing about how epic the Two Elks trail in Vail for years now, but I’d never taken the time to do it. On paper, it’s a pretty monster ride (11 miles one-way with 3500’+ elevation change) and/or requires a shuttle from Vail Pass (East trailhead) and Minturn (West […]

No Beavers at Beaver Lake

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No Beavers at Beaver Lake Beaver Creek Ski Resort, Colorado I’ve been living in Beaver Creek for almost two years now and keep hearing about the Beaver Lake hike. When guests ask me for a hike in the summer, I’ve even been referring them up there. But for some reason or another, I had never […]

Missouri Lakes Trail

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Missouri Lakes Trail Holy Cross Wilderness, Colorado I think I found my new favorite hike in Eagle County – the Missouri Lakes Trail by Homestake Reservoir outside Red Cliff, Colorado. A nice 3 mi (1 way) trek up to the first lake all along the beautiful cascading Missouri Creek. We continued on the trail to […]

The San Juan Mountains: Last Dollar Road

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Last Dollar Road The San Juan Mountains, Colorado We had no idea Last Dollar Road was going to be a jeep trail. It was an easy, but an offroad trail nonetheless that took much more time than we expected. When leaving Telluride on 145 to head back to Ridgeway along the standard, paved route, I saw a right-hand […]

Bridal Veil Falls – Telluride

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Bridal Veil Falls Telluride, Colorado Bridel Veil Falls – We followed Ophir Road down Howard Fork, through the town of Ophir, and popped out on to Route 145 to head back north. It was the first time I had seen Telluride in the summertime and driving to the end of town, we saw the dirt […]

California Gulch

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California Gulch The San Juan Mountains, Colorado Instead of heading back to Silverton past the ski area, from the top of Corkscrew we continued to head up and over Hurricane Pass. Hurricane Pass short trail, but it connected Corkscrew Gulch with California Gulch, dropping down to beautiful Lake Como. Some light snow on the switchbacks coming […]

Sunrise at the Dallas Divide

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Sunrise at the Dallas Divide Ridgeway, Colorado It seems that every photographer seems to have a picture of the Sneffels Range shot from the Dallas Divide, primarily during the fall and after a storm. It’s be done time and time again. So even though it wasn’t going to be creative or original, it was still something I […]

More than a Million Dollar Highway

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More than a Million Dollar Highway The San Juan Mountains, Colorado The Million Dollar Highway (Route 550) that connects Ouray, Silverton and Durango in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado. The highway was originally built in 1883 as a simple toll way between Ouray and the now abandoned town of Ironton before eventually being […]

Hagerman Pass

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Hagerman Pass Leadville, Colorado Apparently four days is all it takes for the Aspens to change – I left Colorado last week during summer and four days later, it’s now fall in Colorado. The storm that had been lingering from the past two days was finally clearing and if the high clouds stuck around, it was […]

 
 
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