Ok, let's just say it, a water fountain is just too cool. Nobody can resist the temptation to stare at one if given the chance. It doesn't matter if you are out in a garden, in an office lobby, or up in the woods watching a small brook bubble along. Water just holds a fascination for all people. I once asked my kids if they had to choose between staring into a camp fire, and watching the flames and embers, or watching a fountain of water, which would they prefer. All four of them said they would rather look at water. When I asked them why, they said they weren't sure, but that it just meant more to them somehow. We speculated that it's because of our close connection to water in general. It just feels good to us.
A water fountain doesn't have to be a big formal affair. Though those can be pretty spectacular. I remember as a kid going to pick up my Dad from work every day. He worked in a big office building in a large city. There was a large green park that surrounded a man made lake. Out in the middle of the water was a huge fountain that would shoot water up in the sky at random intervals about every 5-10 minutes or so. Watching water shoot in the air a hundred feet seemed pretty magical to a kid who stood all of 3 or 4 feet at the time. I always looked forward to returning the next day to witness it again and again.
A water fountains doesn't have to be tiny either. But, even a small one can be quite a delight. I once had a small water fountain that was built into a plant container. It was actually a large ceramic bowl that had a dip bowl built into it. I arranged rocks and other decorations in the main part and put dirt with a plant in the small part. It looked pretty cool if I do say so myself.
One of the more original ideas I have seen for a water fountain is where there's a watering can that looks like it has a suspended faucet above it that has running water coming out of it all the time. It is a fun illusion. All it is, is a pump in the bottom of the container with a hose going up to the faucet. You insert it into where the water normally comes out. That way, when the pump is running, the water appears to be running out even though there is no regular plumbing lines hooked up to it. Fun stuff!
A water fountain helps people create a nice element in their living spaces. Whether it is something large or small, inside or out, deluxe or simple, they all have a place. You can buy one, or make your own. They last for a very long time, are relatively inexpensive, and just plain fun to watch. If you think you want one in your life, don't wait, for you will never regret it.
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