Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Sunday Selections #282

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  Morning magic.  I am an early riser.  A very early riser.  Which is the result of pain, insomnia and habit rather than virtue. 


In the sky:


I was intrigued by the layers that morning...




 In the garden:






The cats really don't like a frosty start to the day.  HImself says we should get them some little ugh boots.



They don't like rain either.  Wussy cats.

Lots of birds visit early too.  Some of them include:



Wattle birds (whose asthmatic and far from musical call often wakes me up well before sparrow fart).

Sparrows.

 And a crimsom rosella with a fist full of the apple which the cockatoos had thrown on the ground.

Getting up early may not have been my choice originally, but I have grown to love it...



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  1. I don't believe in mornings!!

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    1. fishducky: But do mornings believe in you?

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  2. I'm an early riser, too.Mind you, on cold, dark mornings I'd prefer to snuggle under my quilt a little longer Cats....sigh....

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    1. dinahmow: The cat alarm clock is effective isn't it? Very, very effective.

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    2. *ahem* I get up, let Angel out, then race right back under the still warm doona and go back to sleep.

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    3. River: I have tried that. The cats don't think I should go back to bed. They trot back inside and get me up again.

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  3. My husband is the early riser at our house. He always sees the dawn.

    Your photos are beautiful, the sky and the birds especially. The red bird is gorgeous!

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    1. Marie Smith: I see most dawns too. And ours is nearly here. Cloudy, so probably not spectacular, but time will tell.
      Crimson rosellas brighten up even the dullest day.

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  4. I love getting up early too, but don't do it often enough because I am always struggling on broken sleep through the night. I would definitely hibernate through your Winter EC.

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    1. carol in cairns: I hear you on the broken sleep. I sleep in snatches. Sometimes very short snatches. It is a chilly start to the day - and I am excited. At first light (which isn't far away) I am going to try and freeze bubbles again. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  5. Thank for sharing your beautiful morning

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. Several beautiful mornings. With more to come.

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  6. I am up as soon as the sun comes up. I can't imagine frost any more as it is so hot here now. Love the early morning sun..looks like a starburst.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: A good frost this morning. Which I enjoy. The wussy cats will stay inside when I first go out in half an hour or so.

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  7. So wild to see frost when we were in the nineties today.
    Really like the morning clouds.
    I get up before the dawn because I go to work early.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I liked getting to work early - and got a lot done before the office filled up. And now I like getting up early and savouring the quiet of a new day.
      You can keep your temperatures. I like our current ones much better.

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  8. The cloud formation looks like there is wind about. We don't really see frosts anymore. I used to like crunch of grass when it was covered in frost. Wattle birds are a pain and so aggressive towards other birds.

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    1. Andrew: Wattle birds aren't only aggressive to other birds. They have dive bombed the cats and sworn at me. Often. And I have just been out playing in a good frost - and loving it.

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  9. And I'm loving this chillier weather, too...we're not as cold up here as you guys are down that way, but the temps certainly have dropped and it's about time. I'm lapping it up while it lasts. Remy and Shama are loving snuggling up close and personal, too. And I enjoy them snuggling up as well...we three keep each other warm...it's a three-way street! :)

    Have yourself a good week, EC...stay warm...cuddles to your two rascals. :)

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    1. Lee: Cool is bliss isn't it? Though the cats (and the skinny one) appreciate it best from inside. Have a wonderful week. Scrootches to Remy and Sharma.

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  10. Amazing shots. Some of them don't even look like they could be real!

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    1. Sandi: Thank you. And they are all real. And untouched.

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  11. We are ccold everywhere but no frost here, I'm happy about that.
    My cats agree ugh boots would be nice.
    Merle........

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    1. Merlesworld: Very frosty here this morning. The cats were not happy. At all.

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  12. Well we differ in the morning person/night owl person but you are still a kindred spirit.

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  13. Lovely close-ups! I'm a morning person too - it's the best time of day.

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    1. Alexia: It is such a peaceful time. And often very beautiful.

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  14. I love waking early. Very sorry you hurt. Great collection of photos. Love the frost on the green leaves.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: The frost this morning was even better. I spent a happy hour or so blowing soap bubbles and taking photographs as they froze. Chilly - but a heap of fun. Pain is a part of my life now - but I am getting better at ignoring it.

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    2. The Happy Whisk: It was. Literally and metaphorically.

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  15. Uma visita com muito carinho.
    Desejo de coração um abençoado final de semana,
    que a paz esteja no seu coração .
    Saúde para você e sua amada família.
    Beijos ..Evanir.

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    1. Evanir: Welcome and thank you. A wonderful weekend to you and yours too.

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  16. I was shocked to see the frost then remembered winter there. I think early rising is a virtue and would love to see the morning come. I'm just too lazy, especially if it's cold outside.

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    1. donna baker: Cold suits me better than heat. I do lazy pretty well though. Up isn't at all the same thing as being productive.

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  17. I love those clouds and the frost on the grass.
    I'm picturing you trying to get ugg boots on Jazz (*~*)
    Now I know what a wattle bird looks like :)
    We probably won't get frost on our grass until August/September and it will disappear before I can get the camera turned on.

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    1. River: I did suggest that if he found the little boots he was responsible for putting them on. Wattle birds are noisy so and so's, but I like them, and we will have a lot more frosts to come.

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  18. I am not an early riser but sometimes I happen to be up briefly when the sun comes up, so I get to see it now and then. Your skies are so beautiful in these photos, as is the frost. And I love the birds you show us. I like the SP's idea of boots for the cats - just the idea, though, as I think I know what reaction actual boots would get.

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    1. jenny_o: Putting boots on either cat would be challenging - and bloodshed would ensue where Jazz is concerned. My blood. Even if himself put the boots on.

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  19. I do better in morning. I to have black cat with white feet, his name is Abner.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady(Dora): I have a lot more energy in the morning. Neither of my black cats have any white on them - but are much loved. Tea is on here - always. (Though himself drinks coffee.)

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  20. I'm so sorry you are in such pain. There's a lot of much better reasons for getting up early, as your pictures show me. I'm sending you lots of love and virtual hugs, EC. :-)

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    1. DJan: It is what it is - and could be a heap worse. And early is beautiful. Thank you so much for the love and the hugs.

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  21. You do have such beautiful birds that visit your garden. I have not seen a wattle bird before. He is most intriguing.

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    1. CountryMum: We are lucky in the birds which visit. Most days we get seven or eight native birds visiting. In breeding plumage the wattlebirds wattles are quite bright.

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  22. I am a night person so miss all the delights you find in your early morning wanderings so thank you for sharing them.
    We don't have sparrows in W.A. they are forbidden!!!!
    As we are only a couple of km from the coast we don't have frost and I rather miss it at times. Used to enjoy it when I lived further inland (on the other side of the city). Our hoses used to freeze and cars were hard to start too.
    We have wattle birds but even with them, the magpies and crows it is seldom bird call wakes me up. I tent not to sleep well till about 4am and then I go into a deep sleep and often feel I could sleep till past noon. Perhaps one day I will just for the joy of it. :)

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    1. Mimsie: Himself is a night owl. And does from time to time sleep past noon. He enjoys it - so if you can, do it.
      I am happy to share the things you cannot see - as you do for me.

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  23. -so many wonderful things to see so early in the morning! The clouds, the frost, the birds...I love it all. -no Uggs for me.:)

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    1. Bea: I love the mornings. If the cats don't that is their problem.

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  24. People miss alot from not getting up earlyin the morning. I don't always do it but when I do, I really all the wonders I am missing when I sleep on. I cannot believe you have frost there. My word! Love seeing all the birds I miss seeing.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: We get some good frosts here. Wait for next week's Sunday Selections. And yay for mornings.

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  25. The sky looks very lovely.
    I should also go out early in the morning. But I am so lazy, even if I wake up early, so I will not go out.. :(
    The sun does not go away here in the north, it's the middle of summer and the nights are quite bright.
    Have a happy Sunday.

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    1. orvokki: No should about it. Some of us are better in the mornings, and others at night. I would like your long days in summer, but the very short days in your winter would be challenging.
      Have a lovely week.

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  26. Lovely collection of photos and 'frost'.
    Have seen a few in our travels so far.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. You will soon get to areas where frost is a rarity.

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  27. Gorgeous shots. I love the early morning.

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  28. Your crimson friend must be a delight to see first thing in the morning.

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    1. Marty Damon: They are. And there was a family group of them when I opened the curtains at first light. And now there are cockatoos and currawongs. Bliss.

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  29. It's so cooling to see such frosty bites of beauty
    on this sweltering hot day here. I love the understated loveliness of the season you're enjoying. Thanks for sharing the view from your world:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I like the elegance of winter. Pared back, and beautiful. And do love the crisp air. Sending cooling breezes your way.

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  30. I never knew of Crimson Rosellas before reading your blog. I think they are so beautiful as are all the amazing creatures you share and the lovely scenes surrounding your home.

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    1. Granny Annie: They are charmers aren't they? And unlike a lot of our native birds they are not unmusical.

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  31. Cats expect perfect conditions. Always. Frost and wet (and little boots) are not part of their agreement for letting you live in their world. I'd be afraid and stay away from possible shredding incidents for a while. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: I am not brave enough/foolish enough to try and boot the cat. I think it would be even more dangerous than belling them...

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  32. Getting up early is well worth it when you are greeted by those friendly birds. And frost? send me some... it's 31C and very humid here this afternoon. I had to break down and turn the AC on.

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    1. Shammickite: 31 and humid? Eeeeuw. Not nice. I hope you get some relief soon.

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  33. I used to be a notorious late sleeper and waking late in mornings but at my age now, I get up around 3 am and start working! So I get to see the sunrise daily!

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    1. Nas: Wow. I am not usually up that early - but the sunrise is a treat isn't it?

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    1. I stand corrected by myself. She is so smug.

      I'm fighting with myself about what is my favorite pic. It is either the second one or the last one. I'll get back to you on it. ;p

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    2. Sonya Ann: I am grateful to see both. Very grateful.

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  35. That first pic is almost magical with the golden light in the distance. I, too, used to sleep in but now rarely get up past 7:30am - which if you knew me, is very early indeed!

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    1. mshatch: Thank you. I am so glad that you could see that. It blew me away. Soft warm light, breaking through fog and a layer of cloud.

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  36. I get up early too. Originally, I got up to make sure my youngest was fed for school, clean clothes, etc. But now that he's older, I'm doing it for a different reason. I get up early to enjoy the sunrise, take pictures of it and then settle in to write before anyone else is up.
    It's only a drag when I want to sleep in.
    Love the shots of the clouds!

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    1. Carolyn McBride: My introvert self loves and needs the quiet time. And I hear you about the wanting to sleep in. I would settle for sleeping until six. Which hasn't happened in years.

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  37. Cats enjoy such creature comforts. Cold, rain---ugh. Boots? I don't think so. Good luck there, getting them in their little booties before they exit. Sparrow farts? That's not a pleasant thing to consider. But I'm sure it happens. Too rich a diet and that's what happens.

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    1. Strayer: Up before sparrow fart is British/Australian slang for up very, very early. I suppose birds do fart, but can't say I have experienced it. Unlike cat farts.
      And no, I would have less than no chance of getting either cat into boots.

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  38. Your sky pictures are always compelling...Thanks for your comment at mine...you know, when I recently told a friend I wasn't sleeping well, she said getup and write stories...they seem to be writing themselves...

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    1. e: Some stories demand to be written don't they? Sadly, they are often stories from the dark side of the tracks. I hope yours allow you to rest once they are written.

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  39. mornings are very beautiful but unless there is a specific reason, morning alone won't see me drag myself out of bed.

    big hugs to you

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    1. kylie: Big hugs to you too. And another chilly (but lovely) morning here.

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  40. enjoyed

    Yesterday driving home from a quick shopping trip, drove through a hellish storm. On the backside, the clouds opened up to display layers like your first shot. And I didn't have a camera with me (it was at home not working...but had a brand new one to start playing with in the trunk)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: I have seen the first shots from your new camera - and am impressed.

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  41. Monday is bird day:) Love your pics.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Every day is bird day. And cat day.

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  42. I always adore your photos. Such beauty.

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  43. So much goes on early in morning. I love to go down into my garden, sit and watch what happens. Your pictures are, as usual, stunning and make me want to do more sitting and watching of the world around me.

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    1. cleemckenzie: An early morning saunter through the garden is a treat. I hope you find more time to sit and watch.

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    1. Kelly Steel: Thank you. I am so lucky with the beauty around me.

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  45. Robins are friendly creatures - sometimes they will approach you and decide to make first contact by hopping up real close to you. It really is a very touching emotional experience to discover another lifeform is trying to contact you in some small way - I think somehow the creature cares and just wants to share something unique with us - the human. All we can do is be friendly and offer food.

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    1. Spacer Guy: It is an amazing privilege. And something I am so very grateful for.

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  46. So many beautiful pictures! I love the sky pictures and the birds too. I did some bird watching in my yard today- so it is nice to see yours too. I think the dew at the end of the branch is such a cool shot!

    Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. I hope your bird watching filled you with as much joy as mine does me.

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  47. It looks cold down your way! Beautiful selection of pictures. Nature at her very best. I was impressed that you were an early riser, but sorry to hear you suffer from insomnia and pain. That's no good at all. I hope you find an answer to both. Meanwhile, keep taking those gorgeous pictures. :-)

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    1. Denise Covey: It is chilly down here. It is after midday and there is still frost in shady places. Bright and beautiful though. There are worse things than pain and insomnia. And mornings are a bonus.

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  48. I've so missed your Sunday Selections. Always so pretty. Well I've become an early riser in my older years. And frankly, I missed a lot prior to getting up early. There are definite attractions in the mornings.

    Millie hates wet grass. I swear she can hear the first raindrop hit the random piece of grass.

    Teresa

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    1. T. Powell Coltrin: Neither Jazz nor Jewel are fans of wet grass. We have had cats that would lie out in gentle rain, but not this pair. And frost? Definitely no. They went out this morning and lasted less than fifteen minutes.

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  49. It's amazing to see winter there when it's bloody, blazing hot here. Love that sky and birds and of course, your four-legged creatures, as always.

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    1. Lynn: I am very happy to see winter. I thought it would never get here. The cats are not. I hope you can find relief from your bloody, blazing heat.

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  50. I have always been an early riser and have never understood why anyone wants to sit up half the night! Lovely shots- and I am enjoying the frost pic...it's only 9- here, but the humidity is rough!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: Humidity is the worst. Even nastier than heat. I hope you get some cooler, drier air soon. Another good frost this morning.

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