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Cayo Peraza - Morrocoy

Cayo Peraza - Morrocoy
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Copyright: Jose Miguel Cisneros (JoseMiguel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 3 N: 1610] (5658)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-10
Categories: Seascape
Exposure: f/22, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 12:47
Viewed: 7507
Points: 168
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Cayo Peraza - Parque Nacional Morrocoy

I took this picture last week during the first half of my vacations.
We went to Parque Nacional Morrocoy, which have several small coral islands of beautiful beaches, and visit almost all of them. During the weekend, and being still on school vacations here, it was hard to find an empty place to shot at, so I had to wait until a weekday to take this one.

I took the time to practice with a lend Nikon D70s, so I’m finally dealing with RAW formtat and all its settings choices that are new to me.

I’m using the Adobe Camera Raw v4.0 plugin that comes with Photoshop CS3, and found very similar settings to the ones I’ve used into Photoshop, so I did almost half the job in the RAW interpreter and half in Photoshop.

The workflow:
Open it in Adobe Camera RAW, adjusted slightly the exposure, then some minor color corrections, then transferred (opened directly into CS3 without save it), converted from Adobe RGB to sRGB, and then did the usual stuff, slight levels adjustments, resize for TN and sharpen.

The tech details:
Nikon D70s
Lens Nikkor 28-80 @28mm
ISO 200
Adobe RGB 8 bit
Taken on 9/10/07 at 9:29am, sunny day.
Used circular polarizer.

El Parque Nacional Morrocoy is one of the most popular coastal tourist attractions in the country. The park offers sterling white beaches massaged by sky-blue waves. The 81,500-acre refuge covers an area with coral islands and cays with such names as Cayo Borracho, Cayo Pelón, Punta Gorda, Cayo Sal, Cayo Peraza, Cayo Sombrero, and Cayo Pescadores. The area also includes numerous mangrove channels, a mountain refuge called Mount Chichiriviche, and many islets.

Traditionally, the eastern coast of the state of Falcón where the park is located has been recognized as a destination for tourists seeking beach and sun. However, savannas, swampy mangroves, and semi-deciduous forests offer nature enthusiasts a wonderful opportunity to observe diverse fauna and flora as well.

Even though this region is predominantly dry, the vegetation is diverse with several species of fern found here. The most common trees are mangroves and seagrape. In Mount Chichiriviche's semi-deciduous forest you can find howler monkeys, matacan deer, crab-eating foxes, opossums, and pacas. Eighty percent of Venezuela's hundreds of species of birds are represented in El Parque Nacional Morrocoy. Among these you will see flocks of scarlet ibises, pink flamingos, frigate birds, terns, lapwings, ducks, great blue and white herons, plovers, various hawks, vultures, boobies, and pelicans.
Of anthropological significance, gouged into Mount Chichiriviche is a 250-foot sinkhole named "the Cave of the Indian," with petroglyphs dating to 3400 B.C. - the mysterious beckonings of a people called the Caquetios.

The park is a popular destination for Venezuelan tourists who travel here en masse on weekends and on holidays. In recent years, the unregulated traffic and unfettered development appeared to threaten the balance of the refuge's fragile ecosystems. However, local and national governmental organizations have launched numerous programs to educate residents about the area's fragility and the need to develop eco-tourism, now the region's lifeblood, and the signs look very promising.

Parque Nacional Morrocoy

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Hello Jose a beautifull shot great sharpness and well exposed and coomposed tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Jose Miguel,
Outstanding point of view, splendid vivid colors , wonderfull light and exposure, I like so much the pattern on the cloued and teh great DOF
Well done,

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-09-19 13:54]

Hola Jose Miguel, muy bella composicion, unos colores esplendidos y muy buena luz. Magnifica foto !! Un saludo amigo. Carme.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-09-19 14:55]

Hola Jose Miguel. Bella la foto de esta linda Playa, grandes detalles se aprecian en ella. El agua cristalina, la pequeña isla al fondo, y este gran arbusto aun con vida compartiendo con el mar, son detalles exelentes. Saludos Luis52.

Hola José Miguel.
Magnífico paisaje con unos colores realmente hermosos y bien equilibrados.
Perfecto encuadre y buena nota.
Ciao, JL.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-09-19 15:35]

Hello Jose Miguel ! Beautiful landscape of a wild unspoiled beach ! Very well composed, sharp and great exposure. Well done amigo !


Hola Jose Miguel. Esta Foto esta muy buena, los colores tan vividos y el punto de vista me gustan mucho.



This is a really nice seascape, Jose. Sounds like you enjoyed using the SLR camera. I like your composition with interesting elements in the foreground, the middle ground and in the sky. I particularly like the curve of the shore. Nice sharpness, exposure and nice rich color...

Evelynn : )

hello jose,
very lovely landscape shot, liked the pov and the composition, lovely colours, sharp image with good details, the white clouds look beautiful with blue sky,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Jose Miguel,
This is a fine composition with view to the sea!
I like the point of vikew and inclusion of the vegetation adds depth to the scenery...
Attractive sky is well exposed!
Pablo -

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-20 0:51]

Hola Jose Miguel,
What a beautiful place! I would love to be there now... Composition, colors, exposure handling and details look very nice. TFS
Un Saludo,

hola Jose Miguel

excelente foto,
la composición es bastante buena con un primer plano que da la perspectiva y unos colores de cielo y mar muy conseguidos



A delightful beach scene Jose Miguel.
I think the highlight for me is the clouds though.
Those beautiful cumulus and high cirrus clouds look great,and they are so clear.
Tell me if I'm wrong,but did you aim your camera high so you could capture the blue of the sky? Its just that the clouds look clearer than the foreground features.
These digital cameras can be tricky to get everything just right in shots like this can't they?
A beautiful shot though.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-20 6:23]
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Hi Jose
Beautiful seascape.Well composed with nice POV.The image is sharp with lovely colors.You are doing fine with your new equipment.
TFS Michel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-20 6:25]

Hello José Miguel,
Excellent use of the f22 on the wide angle on this seascape to give a fantastic DOF from the FG mangrove roots to the horizon. The composition give interesting aspects of the picture: the mangrove roots, the lagoon with corals, the breakwater showing by the breakers and the headland in the distance backed by attractive cloud formations, all of which make this seascape both interesting and a joy to view.
Well done and TFS!

Sounds like you are having fun with RAW. I would love to but do not have the time. This water is slightly different in color that I would expect. Travel pictures always show it a different color of blue. It looks as though your picture is closer to the truth. Fine image Jose.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-09-20 10:11]

Hola Jose Miguel!
Qué bien volver a saber de tí y ver tus últimas fotos!!
Este Cayo Pereza parece un lugar paradisíaco. ¡Qué preciosidad! No me extraña que tuvieras que esperar para encontrar un huequito sin gente.
Me dan ganas de meter los pies en ese agua tan clara.
Lo del Monte Chichiriviche suena graciosísimo, seguro que es un lugar digno de ver.
Espero que sigas mostrándonos más fotos de este Parque Nacional. Para mí está por desgracia demasiado lejos para que pueda ir a visitarlo.
Me encanta la composición que has elegido en esta toma, con esos arbustos tan curiosos en primer plano y esas nubes tan preciosas en el intenso azul del cielo.
Magnífico trabajo!
Felicidades y un fuerte abrazo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-20 10:59]

Hello Jose

What a splendid place,I will be dreaming of it this January.The sky is amazing in this shot.The clouds are beautiful.The POV is wonderful.The lighting is well done.TFS


Hi Miguel,
Amaizing shot, great colors, sharpness and compo.
Well done!
Best regards,

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-20 12:16]

Hola Jose Miguel,
An excellent capture of the beach with a fantastic POV. Great color and composition. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-09-20 12:32]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition of this seascape .nice pov and bg with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Wow! I want to be there Jose, right now! :) What a beautiful scenery! Reading your notes, this park sounds like a little paradise. I love this color saturation a lot, beautiful sky, great POV and composition with those branches in foreground. Tones of colors in the water are amazing. You sure live in a beautiful country that I never had the chance to visit so far. Your notes are very interesting too. Thanks for sharing this lovely picture.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-09-20 13:23]

Hola José Miguel
Extraordinaria postal de esta paradisíaca playa. Ramas secas, arena, agua, nubes... una composición excelente y un lugar de lo más atractivo.
Me encanta todo aquí y ¡la voy a poner en mi escritorio!
Abrazos, José Miguel

Hola José Miguel,
Muy bello paisaje, soberbia composición. Qué envidia me da ese lugar paradisíaco, ni comparación con estos lares. Y lo peor es que uno es pobre...buah :(

I would love to stand right there where you took your picture from, Jose! The view is heavenly.
I adore the way you have placed the twisted and gnarled tree within the frame, balancing it beautifully with the sea and the sky.
It is a masterpiece of a sea-scape.
Many thanks for sharing this great image.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful seascape. You did great at the pov here. Lovely blue sky and crystal clear water. TFS.

Very beautiful capture showing fantastic colours and great detail. Well done,
Best wishes,

Hi Jose,
Well exposed with great contrast, details, DOF, and colors. Well composed, What a beautiful sky! And the water looks clear, clean and inviting.. I want to be there :)
Very well done mf.

Hola estoy facinado con tu foto
good colours and nice pov
muchos saludos de alemania

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-21 7:55]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful capture of this seascape with an interesting twisted tree (or driftwood?) in the foreground. I like the POV and the cloud formations are beautiful. A very inviting scene!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Jose,
recently I cant see from your shots much. welcome new ones.
This is very beautiful landscape image. focus, composition, colors and light very nice, great. saludos y gracias.
best wishes

Hello Jose,
A trully beautiful seascape with great respect!
good pov with great sense of depth, awesome coast and awesome sky in perfect colouration indeed!
very good exposure and focus too
thanks for sharing

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-22 2:09]

Hola José,
quien no ha soñado encontrarse en este bello lugar?? nos pones los dientes largos amigo,
exquisitos detalles y sensacional pov,

Hi Jose Miguel,
Its a place I would to be this morning! Great colors and depth of field. Wonderful....


hello Jose,

une superbe prise de vue que cette plage avec un ciel magnifique des couleurs splendide enfin bref que de l'exelent travaille bravo

Hola Jose Miguel,
Que linda praia esta que ha capturado
Composicion and POV excelentes, me gusta mucho
los colores de la agua y do lo cielo.. Well done


Great landscape shot - place where you can relax as it seems! Just beautifully captured with an awesome DOF. Well done! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-09-22 10:08]

Hi Jose.
I like your experience with Nikon so much. First of all you have selected POV and object for shooting perfectly. The combination of broken tree as a FG and calm seascape as a BG is great. DOF is perfect as well as the sharpness of all image. Exposure and contrast are excellent too. May be the level of saturation is not the best but I think the truth is more important. Excellent changing of subject. My bet wishes and TFS. Excellent job.

Gran encuadre y cegadora luz, típica de esa tierra. Bonita combinación de colores del conjunto. Llena de vida como todas tus fotografías.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

What an interesting and beautiful view. Great colors and an extremely eye cathing picture. Beautifully taken. TFS

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-09-23 23:02]

Hi José!

It's an outstanding picture with a perfect lighting management. Even if the polarizer may help, it's not easy not to burn the whites. But your clouds still are full of details. I also appreciate the composition: the spectator's eyes are led into the image by the line of the beach.

Well seen, well done!

Kind regards

Hello José,

This is a really nice seascape. I like this. Great compo with the vegetation on the left and the sea, clouds, sky and the landstrip at the horizon at the right side. Great. Natural colors. Good POV, BG and DOF. Interesting notes from that area. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-25 6:55]

Hello Jose Miguel,
Unusual presentation of an idyllic beach. Amazing the shape of the vegetation!
I like the composition of your picture with the opening on sea and heaven on the right side. Interesting the different colourations of the water, depending on deepness.
Thanks and best regards

Wow, wonderful first outing in RAW. This is wonderfully composed, with a nice balance of fg (tree), mg (beach), and bg (clouds). I was looking to see if you had used a grad filter to match the exposure between the sky and water, but then I realized that since you used RAW, you have more dynamic range. I'm looking forward to more vacation photos.

Olá Jose,

Precioso trabalho, rico em belas cores.

Witaj Jose,
Splendid view from overturned tree on first plan. Tree adds charm. Beautiful colours and beauty composition. You applied long time and f22. Learn from the best - something like will taste.
I thank za spacious note.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Hola Jose Miguel,
wonderful landscape with splendid vivid colors and light

Hola Jose Miguel,
Precioso paisaje de bella composición y gran profundidad propiciada por el arbusto en primer plano y la lejanía de las islas, bellos colores, una imagen para disfrutar, gracias por compartirla, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Jose Miguel,
Very nice landscape with beautiful colors and light.Great DOF and POV. really well done

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-09-26 7:26]

selam Jose Miguel
i feel calm and peaceful atmosphere in this wonderful seascape photo
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, colours, details and pp working
thanks for sharing

Hello Josee Miguel,
Vous avez de magnifiques photos dans votre galerie!! celle-ci est superbe et bien composée avec de merveilleuse couleurs et un joli point de vue, Très jolie photo Josee. Mes salutations
Merci beaucoup pour votre beau commentaire sur ma photo. sunset.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-09-27 11:33]

José, very nice composition, great colors and pov.

I do enjoy saturation and contrast too.

A very suggestive image. Congratulations.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-09-27 12:02]

Great POV Jose Miguel. Perfect exposure and great colours. I love the interesting shapes of the driftwood



Hello Jose,
Wow, it looks like a deserted Island...what a beautiful spot for a vacation...Love the POV with the driftwood and the curve of the beach..great shot. TFS

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-09-28 14:06]

HI Jose!
Great shot of this splendid coloured beach makes you wana walk there every day, great photo I love the soft focus and colors!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-09-28 18:34]

Hello Jose,
Thanks for sharing this superb landscape of your beautiful country with us.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-09-29 13:19]

Hi Jose

Wonderful composition with excelleny colours.


Hi Jose,

That's an amazing landscape view you've captured here. Colours and sky are stunning, great light, sharpness, POV and details.
Well done!

Greetings, Nel

I like the pattern in the clouds, beautiful scenery indeed!

hello josé
je crois que mes 2 points ne feront que confirmer les dires de nos amis!!
cette image est spendide, aucun défault, beau point de vue aux couleurs magnifiques et nettes
bravo+++++++++ et merci du partage

Hi, Jose.
Excellent composicion with a good depth. The colors and brightlights are well balanced. Good POV and framing. Regards, Consuelo

Une jolie composition bien équilibrée. Les plans successifs sont du plus bel effet.
Bonne journée.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-04 8:56]

Hi Jose Miguel

This is a rather unusuall photo from you, but a nice one none-the-less.
I really like the interesting composition you tried to create here with the dried drift wood on the left and the vivid colors on the right and behind the wood...sort of a contrast between death and life one would say...
Anyway, i really like the colors everywhere in your picture as well as the good perspective - that lovely shoreline that takes the view all the way to the horizon.
The exposure is a bit too high for my taste, but then again, that only one man's point of view.
Overall: a very good work!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i see you are getting curious on SLR lenses...are you considerring a change in your equipment? :)

Hola José Miguel,
No hay duda que viendo la foto un día me tengo que plantar en esa magnífica playa, gracias por tu comentario.

Hello José,
a most inviting scene in brilliant tropical sunlight, perfectly composed with enormous depth, peaceful and very dynamical at the same time. The sailing clouds in a deep blue sky over an untouched sandy beach evoking desire to go there.
Thank you!
My best regards,

Hi Jose,
YES, I love seascapes. This one is beautiful. Great colors in both the sky and water. Well composed using the tree roots in the foreground. Great sense of depth. A beauty.

Hola José Miguel
Bonito lugar el que nos muestras y bien capturado debe de ser una gozada, la composición me gusta incluyendo en ese primer plano ese árbol.
Un saludo

Hi dear Jose ,
very nice seascape with great compositiin.
vivid colours and nice sharpness.
sky is very nice too.
thanks for sharing
my best wishes

Hi Jose,
this sure is a beautiful place and you have a nice airy looking capture.The colour sings and the details are quite good as well.Your photo puts this place across very well.Tfs. Bob

Hello Jose Miguel!
What a sunny, warm presentation! It is especially welcomed now, when the autumn is all around here :)
Lovely, vivid and well saturated colours and very nice POV.
Thank you also for the detailed note about El Parque Nacional Morrocoy - the place not known for me before :)
Best withes from Poland,

great landscape, TFS Ori

Ahhh...a place I'd love to be...a get away. What pleasant light and amazing color! Gorgeous!

Hi Jose,

Very pretty shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning. Well done. tfs. Steve

Great notes Jose,
Looks like you found "HEAVEN ON EARTH".
Such serenity.
Can you e-mail some of this to COLD COLD Canada?
Greetings from Mario.

Hi Jose

what a stunning shot. I love the composition and colours and details.

Excellent work and TFS
Happy New Year as well.


Hi Jose Miguel!

Fantastic landscape, with amazing colors, sharpness and details in everything, the water, the clouds, the tree... The composition is just perfect. Very nice to see such a warm and happy mood in winter! TFS!

Best regards,

Hola José Miguel. Composición bien balanceada de este paisaje espectacular con un cielo bellísimo. La luz está perfecta y los colores lucen muy naturales. Saludos, Yvonne

Tangled plant, beautiful sky, blue waters, sunny: feels good in my mind!

Ho Jose Miguel! Amazing POV. Beautiful seascape. Wonderful clouds. Fantastic colors. Original take. Good luck!

Hi Jose,
Beautiful composition.belo lugar.
Best regrds,

Olá José Miguel,
Bela foto e excelente Nota.
"Todo pasa y todo queda,
pero lo nuestro es pasar,
pasar haciendo caminos,
caminos sobre el mar."
Do nosso querido Antonio Machado, poeta enorme.

Hello Jose,
Great to see something close to Andaman & Nicobar group of islands with virgin beaches & naturally carved drift wood. The panaroma is almost similar at places. TFS.

Bonjour Jose-Miguel,
Encore un autre splendide paysage admirablement composé avec cette diagonale du rivage, prolongée par la végatation, qui sépare l'image en deux parties nettement distinctes. La lumière est belle et fait bien ressortir la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Wonderfull ...colorfull ... ....full of everything instead it's empty of people...

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