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The inspiration is the Camecuaro lake, located in in the state of Michoacán, Mexico. The Park consists of 9.65 hectares (23.8 acres) of protected area including Camécuaro Lake which is supplied by a series of natural springs. The lake is popular due to crystal clear water and the beautiful vegetation that surrounds the lake.
Camécuaro derives from the native language purépecha or tarasca which means “Place of Bathing”
When I saw images from Camecuaro, they immidiately struck me with the amazing beauty that only nature can provide. To me the lake represents a haven, a sanctuary, a protected place were we can come and nourish ourselves, cleanse our minds and bodies, and over time, even heal. The trees in the area have strong roots, deeply reaching into the mineral rich fertile soils, and the trunks seem to almost dance. The light is the most beautiful emerald green.
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I have always admired animals, and sometimes I think we greatly underestimate their intelligence, simply because we have a different language. Communication has always fascinated me. Perhaps that’s why I learned 9 languages. There is one very special animal on my mind these days, and it is my wish that one day I can help them in some way. Hopefully it won’t be too late. They are such beautiful beings, I wish I could bring them to this place. The Elephants.
They are such soulful creatures, with deep intelligent minds that we only are starting to marginally understand. They have strong personalities and gentle affections with those they love. In Africa The families have yearly reunions, were various family clans travel for miles and miles to meet and celebrate, play and enjoy the rains, that only fall seasonally in regions. In these reunions friends and family members greet each other with great affection, and it’s clear they have deep bonds with chosen “friends”. They live over 50 years, and it’s true that they never forget. They come back year after year to visit a place were a loved one died. They will mourn the death of a loved one for days before leaving the place.
Although Asian business men and officials may love elephants, their love for money is greater, so the greatest Ivory trade in decades is happening right now, and is about making more money than in decades. In 2012 alone around 35,000 elephants were killed, perhaps more. Whole family clans, pregnant mothers, babies. Sometimes their water is poisoned with cyanide. They get terrorized and separated from their families by hunters, running and trying to escape the killings, then run out of protected parks, to run straight into oil-drilling zones, or logging zones to be killed there by workers or farmers.
If I could bring all these hunted and terrorized families to a beautiful protected haven with a subtropical climate, I would bring them to a place like this; Lago de Camecuaro.
Example of what is going on; http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0326-hance-soldiers-poachers.html#GBmYMCDkLFXLo9aF.02