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Friday, October 1, 2010

A National Park for the coves near Marseille, France: "Les Calanques"

Les Calanques: Sormiou, Le Canape, cove's left bank

My mom is 76 and she is doing an amazing job working endlessly (at least for 20 years now) for the creation of a National Park near Marseille, France. She lives there, that's where she studied biology at the University before I was born. When we go to France to visit her, we always go to the Calanques. They are a breath taking place, one of the most incredible ones I know - but dangerously close to the town of Marseille.

"Les Calanques", the site my mom and a lot of dedicated people want to transform into a National Park, is a very special place along the Mediterranean sea: white cliffs plunging in the water, secluded coves, old pine trees and a reach flora and fauna.

My mom goes to the Calanques very often (as I did when I lived in Marseille) - she hikes there and she also guides group of people to explain the geology of the site.
She is very passionate about the subject, goes to meetings, writes letters, participates in conferences. It takes a great amount of patience, of work, to convince so many people that the creation of the national park is an absolute necessity or the site will be constructed and anything can happen.

She sends me photos she takes, different days, different lights. Here are some of them.

Maïre, Cap Croisette

Sugiton cove from the trail


I hope to have her energy if I reach her age.
Mom, you are an inspiration, thank you for what you are doing!
And I hope the National Park for the coves near Marseille will be a reality very soon!

Sugiton cove (where I spent lots of Sundays when I was a child -
one hour hike to get to the cove)

Les Goudes, Ile Maïre (all photos Denise Guieu)

If you want to read more (in French!) about the creation of the National Park, please visit:
"Un Parc National pour les Calanques".


janela said...

I hope she is successful. From the impact of these photographs, I'd say she will be.

Michele Guieu said...

Thanks! she takes lots of photos, always passionate about the landscapes, the flowers, the insects, the rocks. Before she would print them and send them to us (with detailed captions on the back). Now she uses the internet, she also makes albums. Pretty amazing attachment to our planet in general and to the place where she lives in particular!