Fun, gifs, hearts & Ant Season...

By: MaryEstherFLA , 2:25 PM GMT on August 19, 2007

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GIF Directions for the Faint of Heart (Ally? Code?? lol)

I used the Paint program on my laptop for those that have Windows .... it's not as fun as TuxPaint, but I think Paint comes on all Windows computers (under "Accessories"). Any basic drawing program will work (Mac users.. what is yours called again?) so.....

Step 1 -- open Paint program. Pick what you want to draw with. I picked the "brush" located on the left of screen. Choose a color down at the bottom of the screen. Splooosh a shape or line on there.





Step 2 -- Save the first one (nevermind that I have a typo in my file name... lol) ---- make a folder to hold your drawings in named something like ...
oh, I dunno... "1AParintToot" LOL
No? Okay, something easier then. Make a second drawing. I like to draw on the first one, erase (there is a little eraser icon on the left tool box) the first one and "Save As" a new file name. {Numbers are good. Simple and easy to understand)



Step 3 -- Keep splooshing butterflies (or whatever you like) and saving as new files.



Step 4 -- After you have a few drawings (up to 10 using Picasion) you can "view" it as a filmstrip on Windows (does Mac do this?) [btw, I've obviously discovered my silly file name in this screenshot and renamed the file. lol)



Step 5 -- Go to Picasion.com. On the first page there, click on "Browse" and go to your file with the spiffy drawings. Upload the first one. Go to the second "Browse" and upload. After three, you have the option to "Add One More Picture" and repeat that until all your drawings are uploaded. Down at the bottom of the Picasion upload page is a box: [Create Animation]
.... that's what you click on to make the GIF.




Step 6 -- You end up on this Picasion page with the option : "HTML code to post on your blog (copy&paste):"



if you copy that and paste it into a comment here.... well, we have a movie!! Yay!

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I'll do more on using TuxPaint
if anyone is interested in that too??

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I'm hooked on GIF making. I have been using a drawing program for kids called TuxPaint.
It's a free, open source program :::...::.
http://www.tuxpaint.org/
or... a clickable link to Tux Paint

**make a small drawing and save,
add something to the drawing and save a new file.
Repeat until you have a few drawings.
Go to "Picasion" at
http://picasion.com/
clickable link: Picasion-Creat GIF animation
and upload the drawings.
click on "create animation" button.

I'll add more info on these later.
:o)



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Well, that was pretty Smart of me not to put the Year on these dates, wasn't it? LOL!

okay, okay.... it's now Officially Ant Watching Season.
Let the season begin. No new ant hill photos but I'm watching 'em.

(keeping an eye on the lizards too)


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August 31 :::..:::..
I was out early this morning looking at clouds and checking on the ants and ... Wow! The ants are building heart-shaped hills!?!! This was the most symmetrical one but at least four were heart-shaped. Well, don't you agree this is a sign?
ok... back to picking up yard stuff and getting ready for some wind and rain...
:o)




ants ! (MaryEstherFLA)
I was out checking on ant activity this morning and look at this! Wow! All the ants are busy in preparation for what Gustav brings (not crazy, but busy) and building heart-shaped hills! For LADobeLady and all in the way of Gustav ... :o)
ants  !

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318. TREKZEN
3:50 PM GMT on December 05, 2009
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317. TREKZEN
1:34 PM GMT on November 27, 2009
HOLIDAYS

i am peeking outside, into the duskiness of another beginning of winter. it's all bluepurple now and the daylight is like fog. the trees feel like they are full of water, sculptures made of dark bluewater, very dark, slowly hulking, figures of listening, and maintaining an aware kind of sleep. they seem to embody knights waiting for something unknown, uncommittal in your presence, in a fullness of an involving pause. in a glance you become like them all, simultaneously the group, the stand, the grove, and each one as well, for a moment. you have shared time. to have time like this, within these moments, is not to know speech. not to rely upon speech to carry you through a world of moments when alone and pausing near trees at a time when the night is fading into the first shadowy glimpses of lightening, the deep purple time when you begin to see, the less for the ears and more for the eyes beginning of time, the trees hold your attention as you pause then. the whole world as you know of nature, when starting off in the night, within the night, the move with a wider attention, much wider than you as you know you in daylight, the movement of your body through hidden obstacles, uneven path, reaching branchlets, sudden stones or boulders, the life awareness you know as your self reaches out further from within. you are listening to the world in order to move through it. and at the pause between the world of night and the world of day, you begin to find characters, everything diversifies, becomes itself unto itself, in your presence. before the colors of each thing, each object that seems still and lifeless, each living thing, the grasses and birds, and those that seem to be somewhere in between like the clouds and the streams, before these slowly gain more and more of their colors, and daylight becomes the day, you are still and pausing and this is where you renew.
316. TREKZEN
9:40 AM GMT on November 26, 2009
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i am thankful for any rides this past season, and for WarrenMillerdotcom for making winter look good... .
315. MaryEstherFLA
2:05 PM GMT on November 12, 2009
Well, this JumpingLizards fan is going nutz!! Yay!

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314. TREKZEN
2:50 PM GMT on November 10, 2009


here's something for all you JumpingLizards fans
i think both of you will go nuts
313. MaryEstherFLA
2:46 PM GMT on November 10, 2009
Hi Yogi ...
Good to hear the report from Navarre... East Bay? is that where the water is over the docks?
I have a friend that lives where East River joins the Bay (Holley) and his place got flooded during Ivan and Dennis. I've been looking at the Navarre Beach Cam too... looks like on the Gulf side there's going to be some beach erosion. The water is up to the new dunes.
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312. YogiNav
2:01 PM GMT on November 10, 2009
Nice pix! It's calm on the south end of East Pensacola Bay with 3-4 feet of water rise (just over the dock). Other than that, Navarre is quiet.

Yogi
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311. MaryEstherFLA
1:55 PM GMT on November 10, 2009
LOL @ Spike! --- Crab, what did you do to him to make him pose like that? I don't blame him for being disgruntled. No summer camp?
... and "Wash you hands"?? What's this? some new hurricane ritual? Well, something must be working, Spike... Ida seems to be on hold. not raining right now and just a little wind. Is it over yet?
:o)

The Boardwalk cam is blurry this morning but looks like the Gulf is riled up. I can hear the surf from my front yard (not usual) and in an attempt to pull up a different cam from the Boardwalk that shows the end of the pier... i froze the laptop and had to start over this morning. Guess I'll stay with the blurry cam. Looks like the waves are up to the boardwalk now and breaking waaaaay out there.
well, this was a lucky one... Okaloosa Boardwalk Cam from a few minutes ago:
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310. hurricanecrab
3:39 AM GMT on November 10, 2009




Spike: I hate posing, and would rather be watching purdy colored whirligigs on weather maps, but that draconian rat b**tard Crab says I have to tell you "Be Safe", as if that's going to be critical information to you, or something.

Good Lord, BE SAFE, by all means, and here's an idea, DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE and remember to WASH YOUR HANDS.

For this, I gave up summer camp, so I could be poster critter for obvious axioms.

pfffffffft!
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309. MaryEstherFLA
5:42 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
Trekzen, i also see some people out there?? wistful volleyball players? lol
really, i expect to see the surfers out in droves later today.
:o)

Foxx, Oh no. Yes, I remember all those boats in yards... there's still a boat beached on the little island across the Sound. Also remember boats on the Highway after Opal. You'd think boat owners would take the boats further into Rocky Bayou where it's more protected, wouldn't you? Like under the bridge? or is that part of the bayou already filled up with boats? You'll be like me watching out the windows to see if the neighbors siding is coming my way.
I can see by the beach cam that the tide is coming up. I'm glad that Ida is weakening but still don't totally trust her. LOL!
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308. Beachfoxx
5:17 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
Oh, just left the beach in Destin, the waves are picking up, the water has come up quite a bit in the past couple of hours. Will post pics later....
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307. Beachfoxx
5:16 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
ME,

Maybe you should post a gif of a "happy Ida Fizzled out" dance! LOL

Liking forecast much better now that Ida has lost some of her ooomph!

A couple of yachts have anchored right off my dock! Argh! Going to have to watch them to make sure they don't break loose...... Remember the boats in the bayou after Ivan??? In people's yards, on top of each other, in one home's living room! The boat closes to the dock has two lines out, hopefully its got a "good hold".

Keep a watch on those ants! LOL

Stay safe!!! XXXOOO
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306. TREKZEN
5:08 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
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ok here's my version
which includes a flying seagull
to add to the siding and seafoam inna air lol

305. MaryEstherFLA
4:45 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
From Okaloosa Island Boardwalk cam
a few minutes ago:

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i like the wavespray blowing ....
:o)
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304. MaryEstherFLA
2:38 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
Hi Foxx... Yeah--- surfs up! lol
It's interesting to see the first Beach GIF from a few days ago and compare it to this morning.
I went out to look for (hopefully) heart-shaped ant hills... nada. lol
Actually my antz are building alarming linear things along the sidewalk ?! what are they doing? really odd. there are some usual hills... think the sand is too dry for them to get any height on the hills.
:o)
{{{Scarlett}}} nno problem with "be safe" --- I'll let u know about the "be smart" part. LOL!
Okaloosa County has canceled schools today
(that puts a new wrinkle into the plans for the day)
I have daughter lined up for securing yard stuff
(hopefully before it starts raining)
the front yard is in good shape... except for:
the neighbors across the street are putting new siding on their house so there are stacks of old siding, ladders, stacks of new siding...
all lined up for my house (Yikes!) and will be upwind to the east. I can only hope they do something with that. of lesser concern are the piles of branches from folks weekend industry. lol --- thinking about where I can hide my car.
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303. ScarlettOHara
1:56 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
checking in on you ... be safe, be smart and stay in touch, k? ((hugs))
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302. Beachfoxx
1:33 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
BTW, I love that GIF.... Awesome!!!!
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301. Beachfoxx
1:32 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
ME,

I see you are watching Ida! Good!

Thinking of you.... what are the ants doing? have you checked?

Stay Safe!!! Big Hugs across the bay to you!
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300. MaryEstherFLA
1:30 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
Ida on the way ...
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299. MaryEstherFLA
1:01 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
Hi OGal ... Wow, you and Trekzen were up early! lol
so far I don't have anything glued down. I've been fighting a bug for a week... so I'm looking at going out today and getting the loose stuff put away. Hopefully, Ida will fall apart before she gets here... but I'm not counting on it.

Thanks for explaining leaf hocky T. Do you have Brown Thrashers up in New England? Now that's a bird that understands leaf hockey.
:o)
Great idea on making an Ida gif. I've been mesmerized by the beach cam this morning... surfs up! i'll put them together into a GIF in a bit. more waves than usual for here. no wind or rain yet, though. Sure a better idea than mine of taking the camera down to the beach early this morning. I'm still not feeling like going anywhere.
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298. TREKZEN
9:02 AM GMT on November 09, 2009
hey
well, leaf hockey... lol
if you meet a wild bird foraging on the ground, like a rooster, or a partridge, and you're really unconcerned with looking thru a viewfinder and rustling with the camera manual, lol, and begin to rustle some leaves instead, like you're foraging too... the birds will accept your presence to some degree by recognizing the sounds and intent, and a few interesting photographs may result.
after the rooster at Haunted Pond NH, i also did this with a wild partridge in Vermont and have a movie of this. so, like you with the boardwalk cam, which should be great for the upcoming waves at dawn today, Ida, i can grab some frames and create a GIF to show everyone what leaf hockey really is. lol
oh, and sorry for not answering, but the strange code thing in a call to BEACHFOXX up there was the result of trying special keyboard keys on a Mac, like symbols in a font type thing, maybe she was trying to make a Mac apple appear here? i typed what i saw in her note and tried each one with the option key working. 273 is message number to look at. hope MacEtegami has made her happy, very nice software for the apples.

-- 6 foot storm surge ? ... duckie.
297. OGal
8:53 AM GMT on November 09, 2009
ME, stay safe. Hope you have everything glued down. Momma Ida, will just pop in for a short time to say hello. Just know we all are watchin what is going on. Lots of hugs.
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296. TREKZEN
8:46 AM GMT on November 09, 2009
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295. MaryEstherFLA
12:18 PM GMT on November 05, 2009
... experimenting with web cam.
this is yesterdays sunrise on Okaloosa Island
from the Boardwalk cam.
I need to work on smoothing out the crops of each shot.
I took a screenshot of the cam every few mintues
and put them together with GiftedMotion...

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294. MaryEstherFLA
1:51 PM GMT on November 03, 2009
{{{Scarlett}}} good to see ya!
whereya been???
I've been missing you.
All is well with me, how bout you?
... send a mail to catch up when you have time, kay?
:o)
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293. ScarlettOHara
5:06 PM GMT on November 02, 2009
Hey .. just checking in ... hope all is well?
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292. MaryEstherFLA
1:57 PM GMT on November 02, 2009
Ahhh.... T, Bruce Lee? that adds something.
when I searched for just "leafhockey" i got all kinds of sites about Maple Leaf hockey teams. lol
u need sno for that, right?

I see you're speaking 'Mac' too. What does "%uF8FF ... " mean?

Foxx and Code ... do you think it's too chilly to go down the Blackwater?
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291. TREKZEN
11:37 AM GMT on November 01, 2009
Nocookies; it's a Bruce Lee tribute! look at it

BEACHFOXX

grab Code and ~ME~ and three kayaks
and do a river with your cameras on movie mode.
then, the GIFs call easy !
~ME~ did a river, she knows which one glides nice.
uraMAC?....
--> %u221E%uFFFD%u03D5%uFFFD%uFFFD .
this is your " %uF8FF... " - i'm testing the option key lol
290. MaryEstherFLA
2:35 AM GMT on November 01, 2009
Happy Halloween !!
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Foxx... that's a real nightmare/dream?! lol
Trekzen, did that rooster attack you? oh no.
... and just WHAT is leafhocky? (must be a New England game?)
:o)
Mass... that's a fine graphic. maybe a few more leaves? and just a tad slower?
and thanks for the Night Riders... very spooky!
Hey Gamma ... Thanks --- but why aren't you in "costume"?? (in the case of M~E, i can't remember my password to my Holloween self! lol)
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289. seflagamma
12:48 AM GMT on November 01, 2009
Good evening M~E,


Just flying by to wish you a Happy Halloween!!!

Gams



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288. masshysteria
12:20 AM GMT on November 01, 2009
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287. masshysteria
8:04 PM GMT on October 31, 2009
Hi Mary!

I realize this graphic attempt is a bit late, but for some reason, have problems with multiple leaves!
Nevertheless, I've been able to accomplish a rudimentary one, such as below,
in four frames.

I figured out later, however, that the one I posted by someone else earlier,
has eight frames and is a lot simpler in design that I had imagined.
Will have to keep trying out new methods.

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286. TREKZEN
2:36 PM GMT on October 31, 2009
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fortunately, LEAFHOCKEY Always Works.

285. TREKZEN
2:13 PM GMT on October 31, 2009
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theATTACKofROOSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
284. Beachfoxx
1:13 PM GMT on October 31, 2009
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283. MaryEstherFLA
11:59 AM GMT on October 31, 2009
Well, Happy Batz-Day, everyone!!

Love that graphic, Mass...
but you're right, Code --- it looks like we have dueling Wandas. Uh oh. might have to rename one of them Wilma or Winifred, right oneshot?? LOL

Hi TampaSpin. Thanks, and feel free to add something or just visit anytime. Nice to see you.

Jane --- I was looking around this morning for TuxPaint tutorials for you to check out. I found this one on YouTube:
YouTube TuxPaint Tutorial
i used a link instead of embedding the video for those on slower connections...
but there are others on YouTube that might be good too. I notice that there are new things on the newer version of TuxPaint. Also, you get to hear the sound effects! Yay!

I'll add more tutorial links as I find them here:
Link to TuxPaint site Videos
http://www.tuxpaint.org/videos/
lots of videos of TuxPaint features!
(no narrative --- or i've gone deaf...lol)
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282. code1
5:26 AM GMT on October 31, 2009
Ohhh Wanda has an alter? LOL
Happy H-Ween M~E!
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281. TampaSpin
4:58 AM GMT on October 31, 2009
WOW! What a great Blog! I will be in and out alot! Thanks so much!
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280. oneshotww
4:47 AM GMT on October 31, 2009
Happy Halloween from Wanda the Witch
Witch Pictures, Images and Photos
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279. masshysteria
2:44 AM GMT on October 30, 2009
Hi Mary!

Tis the Halloween Season, so I created
this animated graphic out of three
different programs (Photoexplosion 3,
Piknic and Lunapic for animation).
After all that, I aptly named it,
"The Weary Wuber Witch!"
Hope you enjoy it! LOL's!!

Mass.



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278. JanesVacation
12:06 AM GMT on October 30, 2009
I'm enjoying the falling apples. I should have some time over the weekend to mess around with these programs a bit. Thanks for the inspiration!
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277. MaryEstherFLA
11:26 AM GMT on October 29, 2009
Foxx....
I'm veiwing this from Internet Explorer to see if your apples show up on a different browser...
but still no apples.
It seems like your comment at 273 is making the page wider? I wonder if you could edit that comment to shrink the page back?


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276. MaryEstherFLA
1:00 AM GMT on October 29, 2009
T, i love that story...
:o)
I need to find a good beach cam to try that.

Hi Foxx!

I know you're a MacNut! lol!
I need to add those programs:
GIFFUN and MacEtegami
to the top part here.
I like the watercolor-like drawings from MacEtegami.
I don't know what happened to your apples (?)
(thought it might be my browser that just isn't showing things)

but .... here are some apples for you guys::

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falling apples...
(created with TuxPaint and Picasion
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275. Beachfoxx
11:35 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
Strange what happened to my cute APPLES......
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274. Beachfoxx
11:35 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
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273. Beachfoxx
11:33 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
TREKZEN

Gonna look at the MAC programs you mentioned.....
I'm a MAC....!%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF%u F8FF%uF8FF%uF8FF
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272. Beachfoxx
11:31 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
This is all so awesome.......
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271. TREKZEN
10:52 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
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(ancient story)
270. MaryEstherFLA
12:54 PM GMT on October 28, 2009
very, very sneaky T ... lol
Hey, I saw the three leaf first comment and you changed it before I could say anything about it.
(though I like the puppy with 'goldleaves')
:o)

Hi OGal,
I only remember seeing one coral snake as a kid. They must be shy? We used to see copperheads all the time. I think the colors of the coral snake are so beautiful.
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269. OGal
12:52 PM GMT on October 27, 2009
Good Morning ME, I am so happy you liked my coral snake. We have seen two others. One was inside my pool caging and the another was in the grass on the other side of our house. We seem to attract them for whatever reason. They are beautiful and you are right they have to really chew on you to insert their highly dangerous poison. I am very aware they are around. We also have seen the wantabe coral snakes. We have about an acre and a half of land and part of that has been left wild. Lots of ferns. Just what the snake brothers like.
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268. TREKZEN
4:27 PM GMT on October 25, 2009
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'are those leaves???' lol


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