We like to examine trends in human habitation and the things we think are important for living in a rapidly crowded world, holding them out for discussion by others of like minds.
Our personal philosophy is to “Live Small,” hopefully with some California acreage around us – and, even more hopefully, in its native state. But we realize people have different ideas and views on what’s important in their homes and we have learned from discussions we’ve posted on everything from “bunk rooms” to always-popular bathroom innovations.
Today we’re going to take a look at water features, designs hopefully beyond the faux-Tuscan water fountain most commonly seen at the local home improvement store. Even in water-conscious California we like them for their ability to inspire us and, perhaps, ability to serve as a draw for local wildlife and as a key element for our growth and survival.
We include a few examples we found of interest and invite you to share any photos of your own (as many, we have learned, have been designed and built by homeowners themselves). Some have been designed by professionals, and may be of use to those of you contemplating your own backyard or courtyard Zen garden. Others were created to fill a need, and have been around for awhile – serviceable still after decades of use by man and beast.
Water is a precious and essential element to life and, we like to think, can be used to enhance our place on earth, either through the trill it makes traveling over river stones, down a slate runnel or over a grateful landscape. We like to think we can bring it to our gardens wisely and efficiently and in a way it can be shared with those who need it as much as humans do.
Working with water in your yards? Have any innovations or designs you care to share? Love to hear about them, as ever.
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