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There are many things in nature that influence our man-made creations. Everything from animals, plants and even the planets influence our design choices, colours and aesthetic preferences. I have always been drawn to elegance and grace and how this is replicated in our cultural entertainment choices, our music and even shown in our design and decoration choices.

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Animals like Gazelles have a beautiful quality and appear to glide across the ground whilst they run and leap almost effortlessly.

Their beauty and grace is recreated on the stage with prima ballerinas and principle boys portraying equal grace and poise whilst performing. Similarly to the Gazelles the dancers derive their power from their cores and leg muscles.

In our man-made crafts the same elegance can be seen in Antique Crystal chandeliers, their beauty reflects the same sense of ease, although a lot of time and care has been taken in their creation. For examples take a look at http://roccoborghese.com/crystal-chandeliers/borghesina-classica/

Whist they are the one of the most graceful and beautiful animals in Africa they also provide a ready source of food for Lions and other predators if they can actually catch them. The top speed of a Gazelle is 50 miles per hour and the top speed of a lion, when it can be bothered is the same. The advantage that the Gazelle has is that it can change course in a split second. The leg muscles as mentioned above, enable it to run in all directions. However, if it separates from the herd it has immediate problems. The safety of the herd is where the Gazelle can protect themselves as no Lion or predator would dare approach the group for fear of being trampled.  The Lion cannot make that turn but a cheetah can. The Cheetah is faster than the Gazelle and has the ability to match it. Nevertheless, its generally the weak and old or very young that are picked of by the predators.

Their horns are long and deadly sharp. This is not the to be used against predators though. They are used more to claim dominance over other Gazelles and ascertain which is the head of the herd. This is important as it drives the Gazelles to where they need to be. This is also where the predators will look to attack. As the Gazelles approach the watering holes they are subject to attacks or maneuverers that try spilt away the weak and old as we mentioned before. They will not be with the herd by the end of it.

The Gazelle is as every part of the fabric of the African plains and long may they do so.

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