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Peregrine Falcon
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Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
This guy was rescued from an accident with a broken wing and is now physically sound, however he has neurological damage and will be a permanent resident of the Great Valley Bird Conservatory here in Southeastern PA.

Shot raw format with Nikkor 18-70mm lense at 70mm ISO 200.
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Paul Sikora

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    Paul, some great detail in this image. Beautiful bird, nicely framed

9/28/2006 2:04:37 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wonderful image Paul, great detail!

9/28/2006 2:07:58 AM

 
Margaret Sikora
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IM sorry Paul but as much as it hurts me (lol) I have to agree with Paul S on this one ,it is beautiful and such a sad story ,but he will be well looked after their .

9/28/2006 2:10:11 AM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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What a sad story...No wonder he looks so mad! :)
Wonderful capture of this beautiful bird!

9/28/2006 2:32:30 AM

 
Glenn E. Urquhart
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Stunning capture of a magnificent creature, Paul!!! Excellent color, lighting, Detail, contrast, very well composed and quite beautiful! Well Done! Cheers, Glenn.

9/28/2006 2:33:16 AM

 
Alan L. Borror
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Beautiful color and detail, Paul! My understanding is that once in captivity, birds of prey are often rejected by the their community if released.

9/28/2006 2:36:24 AM

 
Roxanne M. Bubar
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Awesome details, colors and capture.

9/28/2006 2:38:30 AM

 
Donald K. Cherry
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Beautiful portrait, Paul!

9/28/2006 2:44:17 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Great portrait of this guy!

9/28/2006 2:51:45 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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Fantastic detail and close up Paul!!!!!

9/28/2006 2:54:39 AM

 
Paul E. Earl
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A sad story but it least there are some positives to it.
A wonderful capture of this beautiful bird.

9/28/2006 3:16:11 AM

 
Wally Orlowsky
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What a stunning portrait of this marvelous bird, Paul!

9/28/2006 3:23:53 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Awesome clarity on this great portrait!

9/28/2006 3:27:06 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Wonderful image Paul,great detail and color.The thing is,he has a home!!!!!!

9/28/2006 3:27:46 AM

 
Nadine A. Lewis
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Beautiful capture of this amazing bird, Paul! So sad he is damaged but thankful there are places to keep them. Well done!

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9/28/2006 3:29:51 AM

 
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Wonderful capture Paul!!!
Great details!!!

9/28/2006 3:35:43 AM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Awesome details on this cute bird, Paul. I'm happy that he'll be safe for rest of his life.

9/28/2006 3:36:14 AM

 
Joy Rector
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beautiful shot, beautiful bird

9/28/2006 3:47:03 AM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Great capture! Wonderful story!

9/28/2006 3:59:38 AM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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Great that he'll have a safe haven - nice portrait, Paul.

9/28/2006 4:12:55 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Great portrait of him Paul! It is nice to see that he has a good home now to look after him! Jef

9/28/2006 4:32:11 AM

 
Sharon K. King
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Great clarity and lighting on this Paul, wonderful detail.

9/28/2006 4:42:18 AM

 
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Beautiful details...glad he has a safe haven now!

9/28/2006 4:48:42 AM

 
Alison Greenwood
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One word Paul...WOW!!!

9/28/2006 5:06:41 AM

 
Terri L. Scribner
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Fantastic details on this stunning falcon! At least he has a home that can help him considering the neurological problems!!

9/28/2006 5:12:12 AM

 
Donna J. Eaton
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It's a gorgeous Peregrine! I'm glad he was rescued and I think it's great that you support the conservatory. Of course, I'm a little biased! I'm very fond of the Peregines we have at our center!

9/28/2006 5:14:14 AM

 
Gail Vitikacs
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Love the details and the story!

9/28/2006 6:28:45 AM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Wonderful capture of this magnificent Peregrine. Sad that he has permanent health issues but a great thing that there are rescues for these birds and animals. We adopted a rescue bird..a male Eclectus... about two years ago with a lot of health issues.

9/28/2006 6:55:08 AM

 
Patty Razonable

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Fabulous capture and details, Paul!!

9/28/2006 7:06:13 AM

 
Tarun Bose
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Fantastic capture with great details and lovely lighting. A winner. Well done Paul.

9/28/2006 7:10:15 AM

 
Paula Dwyer
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Incredible detail, clarity and lighting. My heart goes out to this magnificent bird. Im glad he is in a safe place. Fantastic image and info on his history. :)

9/28/2006 7:14:29 AM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Oh WOW, Oh WOW!!!! What a gorgeous image!!!!! ^.^ Kitty

9/28/2006 7:54:46 AM

 
Lisa D. Greer
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Great image of a majestic creature Paul! :)

9/28/2006 8:05:36 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Paul, excellent detail, colors, clarity and lighting.

9/28/2006 8:13:18 AM

 
Carla Metzler
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Great colors and detail, Paul!

9/28/2006 8:19:18 AM

 
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Wonderful image Paul, great details!
A winner in my books!

9/28/2006 8:32:46 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful image, Paul - great details!

9/28/2006 9:10:44 AM

 
Pamela Shane
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Awwww - poor baby! At least he will have a good life, & was saved. Superb
coloring & details in the feathers Paul. :)

9/28/2006 9:15:27 AM

 
Ronald F. Fischer
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Wonderful capture and story, Paul!

9/28/2006 9:33:02 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Amazing detail you have captured

9/28/2006 10:03:57 AM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Beautiful capture and increadible detail, Paul!!!

9/28/2006 10:13:40 AM

 
Arya Bandyopadhyay
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What a fantastic capture, Paul!!

9/28/2006 10:40:01 AM

 
Shirley L. Carpenter
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WOW!! Wxcellent detail, composition and capture Paul!!!

9/28/2006 11:13:08 AM

 
Jo Berry
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Outstanding capture--love the detail and lighting. Wonderful portrait!!!Glad he was rescued!!

9/28/2006 12:38:31 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Beautiful detail here Paul!

9/28/2006 1:13:15 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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WOW! This has a 'jump out of the monitor' clarity, Paul! Fabulous details! I'm so happy to hear he is being protected.

9/28/2006 2:15:45 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Great close up of this falcon Paul, I like how you captured its mouth open.

9/28/2006 2:38:46 PM

 
Paul Michko
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Thank you all so much!!!

9/28/2006 5:04:35 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Here's another "WOW!" This is an OUTSTANDING capture, Paul!! He's a beauty. Glad he'll have a home at the Conservatory. What a gorgeous shot!

9/28/2006 5:38:53 PM

 
Linda Boehme
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Great photo, Paul! Beautiful details and great exposure.

9/28/2006 7:00:10 PM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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FABULOUS capture...AND story about this BEAUTIFUL falcon, Paul!! WONDERFUL colours, clarity, lighting, details, textures, AND composition!! A VERY nicely seen AND taken image!! :o)

9/28/2006 9:53:51 PM

 
Lani J
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Gorgeous portrait of this beautiful hunter! Love the detail, wow! :o)

9/29/2006 1:44:51 AM

 
Daniel Diaz
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WOW Paul, this is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

9/29/2006 3:35:33 AM

 
Kathy Reeves
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The detail on the lovely bird is fantastic Paul. Excellent image!

9/29/2006 5:15:49 AM

 
Bill Houghton
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Great shot Paul. Great sharpness and detail.

9/29/2006 6:16:41 AM

 
Karen Bacon
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WOW!!!Aperfect capture Paul!

9/29/2006 9:52:37 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful capture, colors and details!

9/29/2006 10:01:55 AM

 
Bill Wyatt
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Excellent job beautiful details, Paul!

9/29/2006 1:25:08 PM

 
John Connolly
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A dynamic capture of this magnificient bird, Paul! Raptors have a special place in my heart!

9/29/2006 4:09:47 PM

 
Stan Lubach
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Gorgeous detail, Paul. Love the different patterns.

10/1/2006 8:06:24 PM

 
Elisabeth A. Gay
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What a beautiful bird, well captured - I'm so glad it is well again.

10/2/2006 12:50:17 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Wow, Paul! Great capture! Beautiful clarity, color, and detail.

Judyann ><>

10/2/2006 5:29:40 PM

 
Paul  G  Slate
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wow Great shot !Paul looks like you got the nod on this one ! very sharp!awsome photo paul!

10/24/2006 3:33:32 AM

 
ADILSON F. FERREIRA
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Congratulations on this fantastic finalist Paul!!!

10/26/2006 2:07:35 PM

 
Judyann Plante
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Congratulations on this great finalist, Paul!

Judyann ><>

10/26/2006 2:14:05 PM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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Wonderful finalist Paul, well done

10/26/2006 2:32:40 PM

 
Karen Bacon
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A big congratulations Paul!

10/26/2006 2:33:11 PM

 
Karen Slagle
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Big congrats, Paul...

10/26/2006 2:35:02 PM

 
Donna J. Eaton
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Paul!

10/26/2006 2:42:03 PM

 
Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna
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Congratulations, Paul!!!!! Gorgeous bird!!!! :-) ^.^ Kitty

10/26/2006 2:48:56 PM

 
Renee Doyle
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Congratulations Paul on this wonderful finalist!!

10/26/2006 3:28:57 PM

 
Paul E. Earl
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Fantastic finalist. Good luck in the next round. Congratulations!!!

10/26/2006 3:48:42 PM

 
Glenn E. Urquhart
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Congrats on your award, Paul! Very well deserved! Cheers, Glenn.

10/26/2006 3:55:18 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist. Good luck in the next round.

10/26/2006 4:03:55 PM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Congrats Paul, beautiful portrait!

10/26/2006 4:11:12 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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So glad to see this STUNNING photo in the finals, Paul!! And no surprise -- ! Best of luck in the next round!

10/26/2006 5:19:50 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Big congrats Paul for finalist. I had predicted earlier.

10/26/2006 5:35:52 PM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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A very big congratulations Paul!!!!!

10/26/2006 6:24:20 PM

 
Bobbie Davis
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Congrats

10/26/2006 7:06:48 PM

 
Paul Sikora

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Congratulations, Paul!

10/26/2006 7:09:11 PM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Congratulations, Paul!!

10/26/2006 7:09:54 PM

 
Su Sana E. P
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Congratulations, Paul!!

10/26/2006 7:12:10 PM

 
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Congratulations on this very excellent portrait, Paul!!!:)

10/26/2006 7:36:27 PM

 
Tammy Scott
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Congratulations

10/26/2006 7:51:28 PM

 
Sherry S. Boles
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Congratulations, Paul!

10/26/2006 7:58:21 PM

 
Melissa Gurdus
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Paul!!

10/26/2006 7:59:33 PM

 
Janine Russell
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Paul, congratulations on your finalist.

10/26/2006 9:29:19 PM

 
Paul Michko
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Thank you all so very much!!!

10/27/2006 12:08:34 AM

 
Lani J
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Gorgeous! Congratulations, Paul!! :o)

10/27/2006 12:50:36 AM

 
Darryl Wilkinson

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Terrific finalist, Paul! Congratulations!

10/27/2006 12:53:05 AM

 
Manuel Barrera
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Congratulations, Paul

10/27/2006 2:22:09 AM

 
Colleen Braun
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Congratulations

10/27/2006 3:31:42 AM

 
Walter Graziano
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Congratulations Paul, great shot!!

10/27/2006 3:50:55 AM

 
Tonya R. Boles
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Wonderful shot, congrats.

10/27/2006 6:02:27 AM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on a well deserved finalist Paul

10/27/2006 6:15:00 AM

 
Sharon K. King
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Glad to see this one again Paul, Congratulations!

10/27/2006 6:25:56 AM

 
Evy Johansen
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Big congratulations on your beutiful finalist, Paul!! Good Luck!!

10/27/2006 7:10:25 AM

 
Crystal M. Gove

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CONGRATS on getting a finalist with this AWESOME photo, Paul :o)!

10/27/2006 8:56:22 AM

 
Laura Clay-Ballard
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totally awesome image! congrats!

10/27/2006 9:35:13 AM

 
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Congratulations on your finalist with this awesome image Paul!

10/27/2006 11:59:47 AM

 
Jenny Bosmans
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Congrats on this fantastic finalist, Paul! :)

10/27/2006 1:24:29 PM

 
Dawn Tulys

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Congratulations on your finalist,Paul!!

10/27/2006 6:55:24 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Congrats and good luck in round #2 Paul!!!

10/27/2006 7:48:11 PM

 
Pamela Shane
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Big congratulations on your gorgeous
finalist Paul! :)

10/27/2006 8:00:52 PM

 
Lorraine A. Cook
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Congrats on this awesome finalist, Paul!<:))

10/27/2006 9:34:25 PM

 
Michelle R. Kovach
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What a gorgeous Bird Paul!

10/28/2006 5:08:59 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Paul on this excellent Finalist! Jeff

10/28/2006 7:02:46 AM

 
Terry  R. Hatfield
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You Gotta Love That Detail,Congrats To You Paul!!

10/28/2006 7:20:23 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Excellent finalist!! Congratulations Paul!!

10/28/2006 7:10:54 PM

 
Vicki Hunt
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Congratulations!

10/31/2006 3:17:26 AM

 
Bill Wyatt
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Fantastic I love the details and colors. Congratulations, Paul!!

11/2/2006 9:57:37 AM

 
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Congrats on this Wonderful finalist, Paul!!!

11/3/2006 6:23:35 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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CONGRATULATIONS on this fantastic Finalist, Paul! Outstanding color and details!!
Much Aloha,
Stan

11/4/2006 10:02:47 PM

 
Barbara Helgason
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A belated congratulations on this beautiful finalist Paul!!

11/6/2006 7:58:02 AM

 
ronda chatelle
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Wow Paul!!! Fantastic image captured and presented perfectly! Congratulations...you deserve the recognition-

11/8/2006 2:34:22 AM

 
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