WaterShapes

The web site for all professionals and consumers who've made or want to make water a part of their lives

2012/12.2, December 19 -- Integrated Hillside, Reindeer-Proof Holidays, Legorreta's Aqueduct and more


            
  December 19, 2012                                                                                                          www.watershapes.com
ESSENTIAL

Emotional Foundations 

At their best, say landscape artists and educators Cynthia and Gary Kinman, watershape and landscape design and construction are integrated reflections of the clients' personalities and desires -- and even their feelings about family and life itself.  A case in point is the huge project profiled here, in which the pair used their technical skill, patience and personal ideals to transform a steep, forbidding hillside into a client-centered celebration.   

This article, originally published in July 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.   [continue]

FEATURE ARTICLE

Reindeer-Proof Holidays 

The holiday season is a time for caring and sharing, observes Scott Cohen -- but feeding Santa's reindeer (or regular deer) when they stop by is asking just a bit too much.  Here are some timely planting suggestions that will help guide them elsewhere.  [more]

TRAVELOGUE 

Imported Genius 

Downtown Los Angeles is in the process of filling up with interesting attractions, notes Jim McCloskey, but that shouldn't mean overlooking the early-1990s version of Pershing Square, which features an amazing watershape by Ricardo Legorreta.   [more]

VIDEO GALLERY

Koi Pond, Revisited

It's almost routine, notes Mike Gannon:  More and more often, he and his crews are being called in to renovate and expand clients' existing ponds. Here's a look at one such project -- along with some written advice on what to do with the fish displaced by the process.  [more]  

WATERSHAPES WORLD 

Gearing Up 

The year now passing into the history books has been an eventful one for the WaterShapes franchise, writes Jim McCloskey.  And it's all a prelude to spectacular things in 2013 and beyond -- as you'll see in this brief preview of coming attractions.  [more]

RIPPLES
What was the #1 item? 
Celebrating the Top 10

Ripples Stories of 2012  
[more]
PLATINUM REFLECTIONS 

Striking a Chord 

These four acres of rocks, plants and water were assembled by landscape artist and Japanese-garden specialist David Slawson, who combines sensitivity to the site and the character of the client with the beauty of indigenous rock and plant materials.  [more]

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC

Stepping Up

Five years ago, Brian Van Bower observed that landscape designers and architects were gravitating toward the water to an unprecedented degree. Are the still on the move?  [more]

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

New Details on Famous JFK
Ocean Swim Photo Revealed  


Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  A U.S. newspaper recently published new information about a famous photograph - which appeared on its front page in August 1962 - of President John F. Kennedy after he went swimming in the ocean. The bare-chested, dripping-wet president was surrounded on the beach by an adoring crowd (including one woman in a polka-dot bikini who caught his eye). Where did JFK go for a swim?  

        a.  Miami Beach, Fla.  b.  Coney Island, N.Y.  c.  Santa Monica, Calif.  d.  Corpus Christi, Tex.

2.  Officials in the Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire, England, plan to dye the water in a public pool a certain color and hold a special event (swimming the equivalent of the width of the English Channel) to raise money for a good cause. What is the color and what is the cause?

        a.  Red - AIDS research                                         b.  Pink - a breast cancer charity
        c.    Green - an environmental organization       d.  Yellow - bladder cancer research.

3.  USA Swimming has placed a lifetime ban on 20-year-old swimmer Adrian Ghandtchi, from Altamonte Springs, Fla. What was the reason for the ban?

        a.    He committed felony battery against a minor.
        b.    He shoplifted merchandise from a department store.
        c.    He failed a drug test right before a competition.
        d.    He turned out not to be an American citizen.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

 

2012/12.1, December 5 -- Water and Sculpture, Rain Fall Features, The Magic Fountain and more


 December 5, 2012                                                                                                         www.watershapes.com
ESSENTIAL  

Forms and Figures 

Water and works of art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing now seems to be generating fresh enthusiasm, says watershape designer/builder Randy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artworks on display in and around water.  He takes a look at this emerging trend here, using a number of his recent projects in southern California to illustrate the point.    

This article, originally published in July 2008, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.   [continue]

FEATURE ARTICLE

Untangling Backyard Battles

The couples he works with sometimes bring unresolved design conflicts to the table.  Some are minor, observes Scott Cohen, but others can run a project off the rails if the designer isn't prepared to work with both clients and move through the skirmishes in positive ways.  [more]

WHAT IS IT?

Video #1:  Rain Fall

Through the years, Mike Farley's clients have peppered him with questions about their new watershapes. Now he saves himself a bit of time by referring them to a video resource he's developing to aid not only his own clients, but also anyone else who can use the information.  [more]


WATERSHAPES WORLD

Feeling Grateful

It's the time of year when expressing gratitude is the order of the day, writes Jim McCloskey.  That's why he's taking this opportunity to give thanks and praise to the many watershapers who've helped make our transition from print to digital go so much more smoothly.  [more]

RIPPLES

Amazing Pool Rescue!

WHEELCHAIR-BOUND WOMAN SAVES SENIOR SWIMMER   [more]

TECHNICAL BRIEFING 

The Skinny on Skimmers

Set up properly, a skimmer steadily does its job of removing debris from the water's surface -- a low-key but important role, observes Steve Gutai, who continues his series on basic watershape hydraulics here with a look at the function and proper installation of these devices.   [more]

TRAVELOGUE

Spanish Rhapsody

Barcelona's a special place, writes Jim McCloskey, and benefited greatly from the effort that went into preparing the city for the 1992 Olympics.  A case in point is the splendid Magic Fountain of Montjuic, a pioneering watershape and a marvel everyone should see.   [more]

  
 
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC 

Finding the Look

Five years ago, David Tisherman answered to a newspaper reporter's question by making a case that watershapes were more about art than the technologies in which she was most interested.  Was he correct?  [more]

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Missy Franklin Reveals Which
College She Plans to Attend


Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. Seventeen-year-old U.S. Olympic swim star Missy Franklin has announced where she plans to attend college and continue her competitive swimming career. In fact, she sent an official letter of intent to the school. Where did she decide to go?  

          a. UCLA                 b. UC Berkeley       c. University of Arizona      d. University of Colorado.  

2. An operator of swimming pools across one European country has prohibited women from shaving in the facilities' showers after other women swimmers complained it made them feel uncomfortable. Which country? 

          a. Denmark           b. France                c. The Netherlands           d. Sweden.

3. Residents of this national capital have complained about female tourists who wear extremely skimpy swimming attire - including G-string swimsuits - at public pools where children are present. What national capital is it?

          a. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   b. Accra, Ghana   c. Montevideo, Uruguay   d. Windhoek, Namibia. 

To find out how many you got right, click here.  

 
 

2012/11.2, November 21 -- Rippling Glass, Backyard Battles, Rainwater Harvesting and more


            
   November 21, 2012                                                                                                         www.watershapes.com
ESSENTIAL
Liquid Glass 

The relationship between glass and water can be a powerful one, says John Gilbert Luebtow, a modernist sculptor who uses water to spectacular effect in some of his work. Here, he explores the nature of that relationship while describing three major projects in which the 'visual dance' between water and glass is expressed in multi-dimensional shapes and sweeping, organic lines. 
 
This article, originally published in January/February 2001, has been digitized for all readers. Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.   [continue]
Scott Cohen on working with couples
FEATURE ARTICLE
Backyard Battles of the Sexes

As the design process begins, writes Scott Cohen, he's ready for the fact that men and women quite often have conflicting ideas about what they want by way of backyard features and amenities.  Here, in the first of two articles on the subject, he takes a look at common points of contention.  [more]
Mike Gannon on rainwater harvestingVIDEO GALLERY
Working with Rainwater

It wasn't all that long ago that rainwater harvesting was a brand-new idea.  In a pair of videos, Mike Gannon hearkens back no further than 2008, when he and other pond specialists teamed up with the staff of Aquascape to install the company's very first system in a Georgia backyard.   [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Something in the Air? 
 
Maybe it's the approach of the holiday season, but for whatever reason Jim McCloskey has noticed increased traffic in press releases carrying what can only be described as very good and encouraging news.  Are these indications of a fresh direction for  the watershaping industry?  [more]
RIPPLES 
 
Faster than the Local Ferry!
Italian Politician Swims to 
Sicily to Win Over Voters  [more]
PLATINUM REFLECTIONS
A Mile-High Gallop

Located at the entrance to the home of football's Denver Broncos, this vertical watershape combines bronze sculptures, cascades, rockwork and landscaping -- and all Jim Morris had to do was figure out how to make thearchitects' grand concept work.  [more]
TRAVELOGUE
Unusual Grace

Rekindling fond memories of past trips to New Orleans, Jim McCloskey recently revisited its Plaza de Espana -- a tribute to long history and a rare place in an otherwise raucous city to enjoy a beautiful fountain, appreciate some gorgeous tile, watch people pass by and just rest up a bit.  [more]
  
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Making Light

From the start of all of his projects, wrote Bruce Zaretsky in 2007, he has ideas about one key project feature in mind.  Five important years later, is it now an up-front consideration for you, too?  [more]
 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE  
What City Held the U.S. Swimming  
Trials for the Last Two Olympics?

 
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.
 
 
1. A number of U.S. cities are expected to vie for the right to hold the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in 2016. What American city held the trials before the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games?
 
a. San Diego                 b. Miami                 c. Omaha                 d. Atlanta
 
2. Officials in Gelnhausen, Germany have banned swimmers from performing every stroke except one, claiming that most swim strokes create too many waves - and that, they say, could endanger other swimmers and waste water. What is the one stroke they're permitting?
 
a. Breaststroke             b. Backstroke        c. Sidestroke           d. Dog paddle
 
3. David Graham, a 75-year-old retired Canadian billionaire and former cable TV mogul, wants to dig under his London mansion (estimated worth: $143 million) to install, among other things, a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and massage room. How many subterranean levels does his plan - which has raised the ire of his neighbors - call for?
 
a. Three                          b. Four                    c. Five                      d. Six
 
To find out how many you got right, click here.
 

2012/11.1, November 7 -- Naturalistic Watershaping, Fire Features, Pond Renovation and more


            
   November 7, 2012                                                                                            www.watershapes.com
Jon Mitovich on Naturalistic Design ESSENTIAL
A Window Into Nature 

Microsoft's corporate campus near Seattle has been the birthplace of much of the world's most significant consumer-electronics technology. When it came time to adorn the ultramodern facility with a watershape of it own, reports Jon Mitovich, the scope and complexity of the system was intended to reflect the scale and grandeur of the world's most famous software company -- and to fit a circumscribed space as though it had been there from time immemorial.  
 
This article, originally published in February 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.   [continue]
Scott Cohen on Water and Fire
FEATURE ARTICLE
The Sizzle of Fire and Water

If your aim is to draw people outdoors, writes Scott Cohen, there's nothing quite like adding fire to a waterscape.  Not only do you get the opportunity to work with dancing reflections, but there's also the fact that you're stretching the season by bringing sources of warmth to outdoor spaces.  [more]
Eric Triplett on Revising Ponds VIDEO GALLERY
Starting Fresh

Skilled pond designers and installers are often called upon to deal with the unfortunate results of work done by others, notes Eric Triplett.  As this four-part video shows, he and his staff were able in this case to get the pond back in shape -- all within its original footprint.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
Jumping In 

A long-time observer of industry programs intended to call attention to the value of watershapes, Jim McCloskey has taken a special shine to Step Into Swim -- a National Swimming Pool Foundation campaign that's just released a clever video on the importance of learning to swim.  [more]
 
Latest Evidence from Paleontology 
Were the Dinosaurs Swimmers? 
Crawl, Butterfly or Backstroke?  [more]  
Steve Gutai on Hydraulics
TECHNICAL BRIEFING
Crystalline Clarity

Producing clear, clean water in just about any watershape is essentially a matter of achieving efficient, effective filtration. To get there, writes Steve Gutai, you need to understand the performance characteristics of filter media as well as the nuts and bolts of how filters are installed.  [more]
WaterShapes Classic   
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Ready, Set, Goal
 
Setting and pursuing goals has long been a key to his own success, wrote Brian Van Bower in his 'Aqua Culture' column ten years ago. But is goal-setting still a valuable exercise in today's business environment?  [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE  
Canadian Sports Ethics Body 
Shortens Ban on Swim Coach
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.
 
 
1.  The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has reduced a lifetime ban on Canadian swim coach Cecil Russell, enabling him to return to coaching as early as 2014. Why was Russell sanctioned in the first place? 
 
a. He molested one of his swimmers
b. He committed an infraction of an antidoping regulation
c. He bet on the outcome of swim meets
d. He lied on his job application
 
2.  What professional troupe of synchronized swimmers was featured on Justin Bieber's recent music video for the song "Beauty and a Beat"?  Hint: They also appeared on "Glee."
 
a. Aquabirds               b. Aquaroses                c. Aqualillies                d. Aquabelles
 
3.  It recently was revealed that only an estimated 20% of this major Asian city's residents know how to swim, in part because there are not enough public swimming lessons available. What city is it? 
 
a. Hong Kong              b. Tokyo                         c. Manila                      d. Kuala Lumpur
 
 
To find out how many you got right, click here.
 

2012/10.2, October 24 -- Edge Treatments, Deck Integrity, Hillside Gymnastics and more



    October 10, 2012                                                                                                           www.watershapes.com
Steve Sandalis on Pond Edges
ESSENTIAL
Softening Edges

Among all of the elements defining superior naturalistic watershapes, accomplished pond/stream specialists know that edge treatments are generally what separates great work from the ordinary.  Here, watershaper Steve Sandalis highlights these transitions, sharing techniques he uses to soften edges and create areas where grassy verges, plants, beaches and rocks combine to make impressions in various and seamlessly beautiful ways. 

This article, originally published in January 2010, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.  [continue]
 
Paolo Benedetti on Proper Concrete Deck Construction
FEATURE ARTICLE
Integrity on Deck

Building concrete decks should never be a casual endeavor, says Paolo Benedetti.  As he discusses here, there's far too much that can go wrong if the installer isn't curious about the underlying soil and doesn't really know what's involved in doing things right [more]
 
Randy Beard on Difficult Hillsides
VIDEO GALLERY
Hillside Gymnastics

When you build on a hillside, observes Randy Beard, you need to be armed with more than guts, experience and the equipment required to do the job.  That all helps, of course, but as this video shows, what you really need is detailed information about what's going on below the surface.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
Time and Tide

As he was making final plans for the next national pool/spa expo, a question asked of Jim McCloskey started him thinking about the passage of time, the perspective that comes with experience and the importance of getting out to see people face to face.  [more]
 

The Naked Truth Exposed!  

BRITS GO OFF THE DEEP END
FOR NATURIST SWIMMING  [more]
Ron Gibbons on Fiberoptic Pool Lighting
PLATINUM REFLECTIONS
Stars on the Wetlands

If there was ever a project that underscored the notion that 'backyard swimming pools' aren't what they used to be, this one by Ron Gibbons is it:  Built with a dizzying range of functional and aesthetic features, the project was the combined effort of a client and a gifted designer/builder.  [more]
 
Gateway Geyser, aerial view
 TRAVELOGUE
 
Gateway Grandeur


Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch is a dominant feature of the St. Louis skyline, but Jim McCloskey has always felt a greater affinity for the Gateway Geyser -- a fountain that matches its sweeping, metallic counterpart for height as well as serene majesty.  [more]
WaterShapes Classic -- five-year logo   
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC 
Learning to Say 'No'

Five years ago, Bruce Zaretsky expressed the notion that watershapers and other professionals needed to have the gumption to say 'no' to clients. Is that still possible in the here and now?  [more]
 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE 
University Drops Longstanding
Student Swimming Requirement 


Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below. 
  
 
 
1.  Which Midwestern university announced that its undergraduate students will no longer have to pass a swim test in order to graduate?   
a.  Michigan State University                           c.  University of Chicago     
b.  University of Nebraska                               d.  Iowa State University  
 
2.  Several people who swam off Boulder Beach on Hoover Dam's Lake Mead developed a rash similar to the one caused by poison ivy; the condition, schistosomiasis, is commonly called "swimmer's itch."  What did the National Park Service suspect was to blame for the outbreak?
 
a.  Parasites in the feces of infected waterfowl
b.  A floating water plant closely related to poison ivy
c.  An unusually large population of mosquitoes at the lake
d.  Chemicals that may have been discharged from Hoover Dam 
 
3.    An 18-year-old swimmer has already broken the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke set at the London Olympic Games by Daniel Gyurta of Hungary.   What country is the teenage swimmer from?   
 
a.  Hepatitis C    b.  Clinical depression    c.  Agoraphobia    d.  Body dysmorphic disorder 

 
To find out how many you got right, click here
 

2012/10.1, October 10 -- Landscape Lighting, Penny Pinching Woes, Fish-Friendly Ponds and more


  October 10, 2012                                                                                                            www.watershapes.com

ESSENTIAL
The Science of Lighting

When designed and installed properly, a landscape lighting system enables clients to enjoy their watershapes and landscapes well after the sun goes down.  But achieving those satisfactory results, says lighting expert Mike Gambino, requires an understanding not only of the aesthetics of lighting design, but also an appreciation of the technology behind the beauty and an ability to lay components out in ways that electrically balance the system.
 
This article, originally published in February 2008, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.    [continue]
FEATURE ARTICLE
The Pitfalls of Pinching Pennies

When homeowners try to lower costs by purchasing stone, tile and other materials on their own, observes Paolo Benedetti, quite often they will find that their savings are undercut by things that can get off track as the construction process unfolds.  Here's a look at the reasons why.   [more]

VIDEO GALLERY
Home, Sweet Home
Even  ponds of relatively modest size can be perfectly satisfying for homeowners, notes Mike Gannon.  But it takes experience, skill and planning to make them just as as agreeable to fish and plants, as this informative video demonstrates.  [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
A Campaign Apart

At a point when we've all had just about enough of political campaigning, writes Jim McCloskey, the National Swimming Pool Foundation has put in a pitch for a different kind of donation -- this one dedicated to the cause of swimming education for children and adults all across the nation.  [more]

The Power of the Human Will...   LIMBLESS AUSSIE DIVES INTO POOL, GETS OUT BY HIMSELF  [more]

TECHNICAL BRIEFING 

Hydraulics in Hot Water

Designing for hydraulic balance and efficiency is critical for any watershape, but nowhere is it more important or more challenging than with inground concrete spas.  You can knock the challenge down to size, says Steve Gutai, by paying close attention to the fundamentals.  [more]
 TRAVELOGUE

A Slithering Treat

Ever since its water first flowed in 1971, the Vaillancourt Fountain in San Francisco has been controversial and subject to periodic calls for demolition.  So see it while you can, says Jim McCloskey, because it's a spectacular work of public art and well worth a trip to the Embarcadero.  [more]
  
WATERSHAPES CLASSIC 

Professional Relations

Ten years back, Stephanie Rose wrote about the importance of forming networks of professional contacts.  Have events and realities of the past decade done anything to alter the validity of her comments?  [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE 

Investigating an Olympic 
Swim Team's 'Troublesome Culture'     

 
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.   
 
 
1.  Swimming officials in one English-speaking country are looking into "reports of a troublesome culture in the current [Olympic swim] team, and allegations of bullying young swimmers, favouritism for others and disturbing pranks that undermined the team's morale at its staging camp in Manchester during preparations for the London Olympics." Which country is it?  
 
a.  New Zealand            b.  Australia            c.  Canada            d.  U.K.  
 
2.  A well-known Mexican vacation destination has become a major magnet for tourists who want to swim with whale sharks. (Although they grow up to 50 feet in length and are the world's largest fish, whale sharks are gentle creatures that pose no threat to humans.) Which vacation destination is it? 
 
a.  Mazatlan           b.  Acapulco           c.  Puerto Vallarta           d.  Cancun 
 
3.    An 18-year-old swimmer has already broken the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke set at the London Olympic Games by Daniel Gyurta of Hungary.   What country is the teenage swimmer from?   
 
a.  China              b.  Russia              c.  Japan              d.  USA 
 
To find out how many you got right, click here
 
 

2012/9.2, September 19 -- Cima del Mundo, Pond Revisions, Dancing Water Wall and more

 

aquamatic-cover-systems
watershapes-extra
SEPTEMBER 19,  2012 www.watershapes.com

Mackenzie essential art

ESSENTIAL
A Classic Crescendo
 
For the best part of four years, landscape architect/contractor/ watershaper Mark Holden devoted much of his professional energy to the creation of magnificent settings for Cima del Mundo, a grand estate high in the hills of Montecito, Calif.  In two previous articles, he wrote about the nuts and bolts of the multi-phase project.  Here, he steps back and offers a pictorial celebration to mark its completion. 
 
This article, originally published in July/August 2002, has been digitized for all readers.  Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail.   [continue]
pool-spa-patio-expo

newsletter-signup

watershapes-book-store-ad
9-5 Kelly art
WATERSHAPES.COM
Pardon Our Dust!
 
In relaunching watershapes.com last month, we ran into a strange twist with email addresses and have learned that many of you did not receive our last two newsletters.  Please accept our apologies if you were among those we left out: Just click here to gain access to the missing editions!   [more]
 

WS Site Screen Shot

PONDCRAFT
Rethinking a Pond? 
 
Winter is a great time, says Ed Beaulieu, to start thinking about ways to upgrade and improve a backyard pond.  Here's a little guidance in deciding what can be done, starting with the pond's physical dimensions and moving on to consider a list of other possibilities.  [more]

9-5 video gallery

VIDEO GALLERY
Making Water Dance
 
Lots of his clients have seen elaborate water walls during their travels, notes Randy Beard, and want him to re-create scaled-down versions of them for their own backyards.  That's a tall order, he says -- but one that's doable with a bit of ingenuity.  [more]

Blog art cropped

WATERSHAPES WORLD
Thinking Video
 
If the last ten years of project documentation was all about the acceptance and ascendency of digital photoghraphy, asks Jim McCloskey, is it likely that the next ten years will be all about the emergence of easy digital video recording?  [more]
Ripples art
RIPPLES
Could it Happen in the U.S.?
Lady Gaga Closes Stockholm
Hotel Pool for Romantic Tryst  [more]
 
 

9-5 travelogue art

TRAVELOGUE
Encircled Perfection
 
Philadelphia's Logan Circle boasts a spectacular fountain with a storied pedigree.  But there's a simple elegance to it, writes Jim McCloskey, that befits its position at the core of a long, distinguished boulevard of museums and other cultural attractions.  [more]

10-year logo

 
WATERSHAPES CLASSICS
Witnessing Transitions
 
Watershapers who proclaim a quality approach must back it up with quality performance, wrote Brian Van Bower in September 2007.  Is there any leeway today?   [more]

Test Your Knowledge logo

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Blind U.S. Navy Swimmer
Wins Paralympics Gold

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  At the 2012 Paralympics in London, blind U.S. swimmer Navy Lt. Brad Snyder won a gold medal in which of the following events?  

 
a. 400-meter freestyle          b.  50-meter backstroke
c. 100-meter butterfly           d.  200-meter breaststroke
 
2.  A community swimming pool in Chikkaballapur district (state of Karnataka), India, which opened only a year and a half ago to great praise, has already been closed. Why? 
 
a. Inadequate water supply for filling the pool 
b. Substandard work when the pool was built
c. Lack of maintenance and poor accompanying facilities
d. All of the above
 
3. After one Texas city discovered a $330,000 surplus in its municipal budget, it dedicated most of the money — $211,000 — to keeping five community pools open five days a week instead of two. Which city was it? 
 
a. Houston    b.  Dallas   c.  San Antonio   d.  El Paso
 
To find out how many you got right, click here.

 

2012/9.1, September 5 -- Integrated Views, Pond Fixes, Balboa Park and more

aquamatic-cover-systems
watershapes-extra
SEPTEMBER 5,  2012 www.watershapes.com

Mackenzie essential art

ESSENTIAL

Integrated Views

A spectacular site is often the foundation for extraordinary watershapes and landscapes, observes Melanie Mackenzie – and that certainly proved to be the case with this project.  As seen here, she built upon elements suggested by the site and its surroundings to develop a fully integrated approach that ties the front and rear yards together in ways that delight the eye, cheer the spirit and encourage the contemplation of distant horizons.

This article, originally published in August 2007, has been digitized for all readers. To access the full text and images, click here. 

pool-spa-patio-expo

newsletter-signup

watershapes-book-store-ad
9-5 Kelly art

PONDCRAFT

When Ponds Leak

It's a simple fact:  Even the best-laid pond will sometimes spring a leak.  When that happens, writes Dave Kelly, it's time to proceed through the entire system from end to end to ensure that whatever repairs you make will really do the job.  [more]

WS Site Screen Shot

WATERSHAPES.COM

Navigating Our New Web Site 

Here's a quick tour to the features of the brand-new WaterShapes.com web site, including the pull-down toolbar as well as other new features found on the home page.  It's a new beginning  and the springboard to a great future!  [more]

9-5 video gallery

VIDEO GALLERY

Blast from the Past

For generations, pool-industry marketers have looked for ways to reach out to consumers, says Vance Gillette.  That's why this old video caught his eye:  It may be grainy and faded, he writes, but its message is as current as today's news.  [more]

Blog art cropped

WATERSHAPES WORLD

A Full Plate

The early part of the year was filled with action on the education front, notes Jim McCloskey  and it seems that the seeds planted then will be bearing wonderful fruit in the form of three big events taking place this September and October.  [more]

Ripples art

RIPPLES

Congressman in Unholy Hot Water!
BELATED APOLOGY FOR BOOZE-FUELED
SKINNY-DIPPING IN THE SEA OF GALILEE  [more]
 
 

9-5 travelogue art

TRAVELOGUE

A Walk in the Park

San Diego's Balboa Park is a treasure  one made all the more special for watershapers, reports Jim McCloskey, through the presence of a great fountian and, even more so, a huge lily pond teeming with plants, fish and amazing stories.  [more]

10-year logo

WATERSHAPES CLASSICS

Chromatic Virtues

In September 2002, David Tisherman began his 'Details' columns with a simple declaration:  Color is amazing.  Was this news to you ten years ago?  [more]

 

Test Your Knowledge logo

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Swimmer Ruled Eligible to
Compete in Paralympics

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1.  At the 2012 Paralympics in London, swimmer Victoria Arlen initially was ruled ineligible to participate by the International Paralympic Committee because, according to a report on USAToday.com, “Arlen's impairment no longer fit a classification for competition.” That IPC decision was reversed on appeal, and the swimmer was deemed eligible. What country is Arlen representing? 

        a. Canada                   b.  United Kingdom    
        c.  United States        d.  Australia
 
2.  U.S. Paralympic swimmer Navy Lt. Brad Snyder is the world’s top blind swimmer in three freestyle distances (50-, 100- and 400-meters). How did he lose his eyesight? 
 
        a.  An explosion in Afghanistan            
        b.  An explosion in Iraq 
        c.  An accident on an aircraft carrier    
        d.  A training mishap in the U.S. 
 
3. According to Wikipedia, swimmers at the Paralympics “are classified according to the type and extent of their disability.” Which condition is not included in the list of physical disabilities for Paralympic swimmers? 
 
        a. Single or multiple limb loss    b.  Cerebral palsy 
        c.  Dwarfism                                    d.  Blindness 
 
To find out how many you got right, click here.

2012/8.2, August 22 -- Front-Yard Design, Aquatic Plants, Halprin Fountain and more

aquamatic-cover-systems
watershapes-extra
AUGUST 22 2012 www.watershapes.com

8-22 mehrnoosh art

ESSENTIAL

Suburban Spaces

You really can find opportunities in unexpected places, insists Mehrnoosh, a Los Angeles architect and designer who enjoys making refined aesthetic statements in previously plain suburban environments. To illustrate her point, she takes us to a project in a modest neighborhood to define how simple architectural and landscape elements – and water – can bring elegance and tranquility to otherwise overlooked and under-appreciated spaces.

This article, originally published in March 2006, has been digitized for all readers. To access the full text and images, click here.

pool-spa-patio-expo

newsletter-signup

watershapes-book-store-ad

 

8-22 helfrich art 1

PONDCRAFT

Getting into Aquatic Plants

The impulse to install a pond often starts with a desire to raise fish, notes Brian Helfrich.  But once work starts with the greenery required to keep the ecosystem in balance, he says, it's clear the owner has found upon two great hobbies instead of one.   [more]

 

8-22 beard art

VIDEO GALLERY

A Distinctive Hybrid

Getting things done with a watershape-construction project sometimes involves taking risks. But as Randy Beard demonstrates in this video, creative solutions to a problem are one thing, while having the nerve to implement them can be quite another.  [more]

 

Blog art cropped

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Drum Roll, Please!

After many months of intense effort, the new WaterShapes.com has taken flight. Here, Jim McCloskey offers a brief introduction to the relaunched site and its broader audience and casts forward to a bold, digital future.  [more]

 

Ripples art

RIPPLES

Apples, Oranges and Cumquats:
IS MICHAEL PHELPS THE GREATEST
OLYMPIC ATHLETE OF ALL TIME?  [more]
 

8-22 travelogue art copy

TRAVELOGUE

Rough-Hewn Elegance

If your travels ever take you to the Pacific Northwest, says Jim McCloskey, no visit to Portland, Ore., is complete without a pilgrimage to see the roiling glory of one of Lawrence Halprin's greatest urban achievements: the Ira Keller Fountain.  [more]

 

5-yrs

WATERSHAPES CLASSICS

Straight Talk

Back in 2007, Bruce Zaretsky made a case for balancing the drive to financial success with a focus on quality and creativity.  Is this still a reasonable discussion in times of lingering economic uncertainty?  [more]

 

Test Your Knowledge logo

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Swimming Lake Michigan To Raise Public Awareness

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. A married couple recently attempted — unsuccessfully — to swim across Lake Michigan to raise public awareness about what condition?

a. Autism
b. Schizophrenia
c. Postpartum depression
d. Bipolar disorder.

2. A 25-year-old British man was arrested for peering over the toilet cubicles of a Leeds sports center to watch an Olympic women’s swimming team change clothing for a training session. (As of this writing, the convicted Peeping Tom is awaiting sentencing.) What country was the team from?

a. India
b. China
c. The Netherlands
d. Peru.

3. Tragically, two more children have died from Naegleria fowleri after they went swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater, Minnesota. What is the common name for Naegleria fowleri?

a. Parasitic reed worms
b. Invasive water flies
c. Lung-eating bacteria
d. Brain-eating amoeba.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

2012/8.1, August 8 -- Stellar Reflecting Pool, Pond Tips, Japanese Inspiration and more

August 8, 2012 WATERSHAPES.COM

[more]
  [more]
  [more]
Parents Become Chum for Critics!  Is Letting Your 5-Year-Old Swim with Sharks a Responsible Thing to Do?  [more]
  [more]
  [more]


Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. No sooner had speculation spread through the London Games that 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen’s seemingly superhuman performances in the pool might have been too good to be true, than a former Chinese Olympic doctor insinuated a certain American swimmer may have been guilty of doping. Which U.S. swimmer did Dr. Chen Zhanghao point a finger at?

a. Ryan Lochte b. Michael Phelps
c. Missy Franklin d. Rebecca Soni

2. Among a number of impressive achievements at the London Games, Michael Phelps became the first male swimmer in history to win the gold medal in the same individual event at three successive Olympics. What was the event?

a. 200-meter breaststroke b. 200-meter freestyle
c. 400-meter individual medley d. 200-meter individual medley

3. According to the Web site geeksugar.com, the Olympic swimming pool at the London Aquatics Center “was designed to help facilitate some of the fastest times the sport has ever seen.” Among other things, the report notes, “The bottom of the London Pool has a movable floor. During the games, it will sit about ___ feet deep to negate the waves that swimmers will create while moving through the pool.” Fill in the blank.

a. 8 b. 9 c. 10 d. 12

To find out how many you got right, click here.

2012/7.2, July 25 -- Whimsical Design, Vanishing Edges, Inspiring Waterfalls and more

July 25, 2012 WATERSHAPES.COM

  [more]
[more]
TOPLESS IN SEATTLE:
FEMALE CANCER SURVIVOR FIGHTS CITY POOL'S SWIMSUIT DRESS CODE
  [more]
  [more]
[more]

Swimming Australia Cancels Pre-Olympics
Swim Meet Due to Outbreak of Illness

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. Swimming Australia canceled a pre-Olympics swim meet in the nation’s capital, Canberra, after two Olympic female water polo players were diagnosed with what illness?

a. Measles b. Mumps c. Whooping cough d. Shingles

2. A man in this Midwestern city allegedly entered the pool area of an apartment complex and shot two men with shotgun pellets. The suspect and the victims all left the scene — although one of the victims later showed up at a local hospital. Where did this incident take place?

a. Chicago b. Bloomington, Ind. c. Wichita, Kan. d. Dayton, Ohio

3. According to ottawacitizen.com, a late-model Dodge Calibre in Windsor, Ont., “hopped a curb, zipped across a narrow strip of lawn, crashed through a wooden fence and plunged into the deep end” of a nearby pool. Inside were a man and a woman; neither was injured in the crash. What were the two involved with at the time of the mishap?

a. Text messaging c. A driving lesson
b. Smoking dope d. You don’t want to know.

To find out how many you got right, click here.

2012/7.1, July 11 -- Hilltop Beauty, French Lessons, Pool-to-Pond Conversion and more

July 11, 2012 WATERSHAPES.COM
Here’s a look at how designer/builder pulled together all the details and put them into a dramatic final form.

  [more]
  [more]
  [more]
Sad End to a Life Not Well Lived
L.A.'S RODNEY KING DEAD AT 47 – BODY FOUND IN BACKYARD POOL
[more]
[more]

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. A massive event billed as “The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson” took place on June 14 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time in ____ U.S. states, plus a number of foreign countries. Fill in the blank.

a. 47 b. 48 c. 49 d. 50

2. “For the first time ever,” reports NPR.org, “the U.S. Synchronized Swimming team won't be at this summer's Olympics in London. It didn't qualify to compete.” But two of the team’s members will be competing in the synchronized-swimming duets event. Last August, the two successfully competed in that event at the Pan American Games. What medal did they bring home?

a. Platinum b. Gold c. Silver d. Bronze

3. What washed ashore at a popular New Jersey beach, prompting authorities to close it to swimmers?

a. Severed human limbs c. Medical waste
b. Dead birds and fish d. Hand grenades

To find out how many you got right, click here.

You are here: Home Newsletter 2012 Editions (July-December)