The Favorable Effects of Water Features on Your Pets and Visiting Birds

Putting in an outdoor water fountain or a bird feeder will allow you to delight in the natural presence of wildlife or pets. All birds need a place to drink, bathe and preen. Robins, thrushes, orioles and warblers, though not attracted to bird feeders, are alternatively drawn to the motion of water produced by fountains. 144533-4101__03918.jpg While bowl-shaped bird baths can be dull to many birds, fountains are more inviting because of the moving water they produce. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from a distance, attracting even more birds.

Dogs like fountains because they provide another place to drink water. Hot days cause dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water around. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly streaming water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly serviced because they easily collect debris.

A Genuine Roman Marvel: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area because it was bleak and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. As part of an effort to modernize the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was instructed by Pope Clement XI to design a fountain. Work on the church's infrastructure began on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Set up and Enjoy Your Very Own Pond Water Fountain

When someone mentions fountains, you generally think of the large sculptured ones found in parks, in front of hotels, etc. That said, in reality they can be made of any design and size, and are not limited to public places. This kind of element could even fit into the design of your garden, yard, or outdoor decor.

Two key benefits can result from installing one of your own. To begin with, fountains add elegance and help everyone unwind. What you need at the end of a rough day is the comforting sound of the water and a tranquil ambiance. The surroundings will end up being a bit more elegant, too. In addition, your beautiful fountain will encourage your guests to gather around and take photos, making your get-togethers even more entertaining.

Another good reason to put in this type of water element is to keep the water in your pond fresher for your fish. Fish are much better off if their water is flowing around and getting oxygen, and a pond fountain will do both of those things. Your fish will be around a longer time because of the constantly circulating, aerated water. You should see happier flowers too.

The Importance of Water Elements in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically have a water feature. Since Japanese water fountains are seen as symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing, they are often positioned in the doorway of buildings or shrines.

Since water is the most important element of any Japanese fountain, the design is generally simple.

Many people also opt for a water fountain that has a bamboo spout. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, receives the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. People typically make them look weathered and worn, even when they are new. People want their fountain to appear as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

If you are looking for another sort of look and feel, you can also get a fountain crafted of stone, place it in a bed of gravel, and decorate it with natural stones and live bamboo. After some years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

If you are blessed enough to have a big plot of open land you can create a water feature that is much more elaborate. Give some thought to adding a lovely final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, nevertheless, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Other alternatives include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. The impression of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Visit the World’s Tallest Water Works

Located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the King Fahd Fountain (1985) is the tallest continually-functioning fountain in the world.

It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

Reaching water heights of 202 meters (663 feet), the World Cup Fountain in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), is recognized as the second highest worldwide.

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. It rockets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the air and is currently the tallest fountain in the USA.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona is number 4: it can jet water 171 meters (561 feet) high when the three pumps function at full capacity, it is usually limited to 91 meters (300 feet).

The Dubai Fountain was opened in 2009 next to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. The fountain propels water up to 73 meters (240 feet) and performs once every half hour to pre-recorded music - and even has extreme shooters, not used in every show, which reach up to 150 meters (490 feet).

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And finally comes the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951) which measures 140 meters (460 feet) in height.


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