Explore the World’s Most Incredible Water Displays

The King Fahd Fountain (built in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest continually -running fountain on the planet. The water reaches the amazing height of 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. Regarded as the highest fountain in the United States, it jets water 192 meters (630 feet) into the sky. 50332acb__91157.jpg

Next is the fountain found in Karachi, Pakistan (Port Fountain) which jets water up to 190 meters (620 feet) in height.

Number 4: On a typical day the water is limited to 91 meters (300 feet) at the Fountain Park feature in Fountain Hills, Arizona, but it is capable of propelling water up to 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are functioning.

The Dubai Fountain, opened to the public in 2009, is located near the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Making it in the top 8 is the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra (1970) which measures 147 meters (482 feet).

Lastly is the Jet d’Eau (1951) in Geneva, Switzerland, which measures 140 meters (460 feet).

The Favorable Effects of Water Fountains on Your Furry Friends and Visiting Birds

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water fountains bring in wildlife. Birds need to have water to drink, bathe in, as well a place to groom, or preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers like the motion of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many flying creatures appreciate running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Trickling fountains that splash around are heard from a distance, attracting even more birds.

As dog owners will concur these outdoor fountains are a great water resource for the four-legged creatures. Dogs and cats will be outside looking out for clean water during hot temperatures. Because water in fountains is consistently moving, they do not need much cleaning, whereas the still water of birdbaths collect debris and require more attention.

The Prevalence of Water Features in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an important part of any Japanese garden. The Japanese water fountain is considered representative of spiritual and physical purifying, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. It is unusual to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the emphasis is supposed to be on the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very popular. The basin, which tends to be made of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. It must have a worn-down, weathered look as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are commonly put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature.

As you can perhaps deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Before long moss begins to grow over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

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

However, water does not need to be an actual element in a Japanese water fountain. Potential options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a rippling brook.

Install and Enjoy Your Private Pond Water Feature

When visualizing a fountain, most people first think of the artfully carved ones found adorning beautiful homes, parks, public buildings, etc. However, they can really compliment any area, as they can be made in just about any shape, size, and design. Your very own garden or yard can be a great spot for a pond fountain.

Owning one can enhance your home in two main ways.

One is the sense of calm and loveliness that fountains add. There is nothing more beneficial at the end of an extremely tiring day than the relaxing nature of trickling water. Your site will be even more elegant as well. Moreover, your beautiful fountain will motivate your guests to gather around and take photos, making your get-togethers even more fun.

Another good reason to add this type of water element is to keep the water in your pond cleaner for your fish. A pond fountain will oxygenate the water by keeping it in motion, which is ideal for fish. Your fish will enjoy longer, healthier lives because of the flow of the water and the higher oxygen level. Your plant life will also flourish.

Water-lifting Tool by Camillo Agrippa

The praise Agrippa’s water-lifting invention earned from Andrea Bacci in 1588 was temporal. Merely years later, in 1592, the earliest contemporary Roman waterway, the Acqua Felice, was attached to the Medici’s villa, possibly making the technology outdated. Though its glory was short lived, Camillo Agrippa’s layout for raising water was the wonder of its day, surpassing everything created in Italy since the days of early Rome. Renaissance gardens of the late sixteenth century happened to be home to works such as melodious water features, scenographic water exhibits and water caprices (giochi d’acqua), but these were not brimming with water in ways that went against gravitation itself.

Anglo Saxon Grounds at the Time of the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons encountered extraordinary modifications to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Engineering and horticulture were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However the Normans had to pacify the entire territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Because of this, castles were cruder buildings than monasteries: Monasteries were usually significant stone buildings located in the biggest and most fecund valleys, while castles were constructed on windy crests where their residents dedicated time and space to tasks for offense and defense. The bare fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most uncorrupted model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists now. The keep is reported to have been conceived during the time of William the Conqueror. A large terrace intended for strolling and as a means to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs around the building. A scenic bowling green, enveloped in grass and enclosed by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, creates one of the terraces.


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