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Michael Marshall mug shot

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Catacomb entrance (underground brick lined water storage tank entrance)

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Sofae and Maxim at Barr Lake

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Marina, Lena, Benjamin and Sofae at the Denver Zoo

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Orange Asian Lily

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Blotched tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium melanostictum)

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Young deer couple

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Daisy

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