THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
December 7, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Beautiful glass tile can be the crowning touch for a great watershape. But if the budget's not really there, advises Paolo Benedetti, you should avoid the urge to cut corners with materials or installation to make it work: You'll only disappoint your client -- and hurt your bottom line. [more]
POND Q & A
As Eric Triplett observes in this two-topic video session, a leaking pond liner requires decisive action -- no shortcuts allowed! -- while a shortcut that never should be taken in excavation (but often is) can lead to problems that will pull you back on site to rebuild a major pond feature. [more]
Floating islands were a novelty ten years ago, but now they're established, well-researched systems that have proved their value in fixing damaged ponds and lakes. It's all about restoring food webs, says Bruce Kania -- and learning to grow fish instead of mats of algae. [more]
The home sat above the shoreline of Seattle's Mercer Island like a modern, angular beacon. The challenge, says watershape designer/builder Clayton Varick, was to weave the residence more successfully into its lakeside surroundings -- a mission accomplished by setting up a string of pools, streams, waterfalls, ponds and plantings that effectively create transitions from the starkly geometrical to the breathtakingly natural.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 2004, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Set atop a knoll in Beverly Hills, Calif., the Virginia Robinson Gardens represent one of the city's last examples of the high-society garden style of the early 20th Century. It's a must-see place, suggests Tim Lindsay, if business (or pleasure) brings you to the area. [more]
A recent visit to New Orleans and Mississippi's Gulf Coast gave Jim McCloskey a chance to size up how much progress the region has made since Hurricane Katrina struck 11 years ago. Along the way, he learned stark lessons about the awesomeness of water. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
That Time of Year Dept.: Newspaper compiles amazing photographs of frozen ponds, lakes and oceans. [more]
Some are oddly haunting, others simply breathtaking.
Mad Scientist Dept.: Artist uses 'ferrofluid' to create a small (but utterly fascinating) reflecting pool. [more]
Somehow, watershapers need to get hold of this stuff!
The Big Picture
Back in 2006, Brian Van Bower relayed a message about the value of examining trends and looking thoughtfully to the future. His words were prophetic ten years ago -- and are bracingly cautionary today. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Pebble Technology Launches Scupper Line
Pebble Technology (Scottsdale, AZ) has introduced a line of copper scuppers. Available with sheet, trough or chute flows, the units feature dual-stage internal weirs for balanced flow dynamics and a consistent water sheet. They also resist clogging, are made with durable 100-percent copper and include reinforced inside corners for structural integrity. For details, click here.
SpectraLight Technologies Offers UV Systems
SpectraLight Technologies (Georgetown, TX) makes ultraviolet sterilization systems for use with both conventional and saltwater pools. The systems feature high-intensity UV-C germicidal light to target all microorganisms as they pass through the cell, destroying 99% of all bacteria, viruses, algae, giardia, parasites, spores and protozoan cysts. For details, click here.
A recent review of the activity of visitors to the WaterShapes Professional Network indicates that the landing pages of each participating company have been viewed, on average, more than 400 times through the past 18 months -- and that those landing-page visits have resulted in an average of nearly 220 click-throughs apiece to those companies' own web sites.
It also shows that the companies that have stepped up to provide project pictorials to the WPN site's home page have averaged nearly 60 percent more visits and click-throughs compared to other WPN participants. Seems as though putting in a little extra effort translates to a heap of extra interest and leads.
WaterShapes World (blog)
The conclusion of two series -- one distinctly philosophical, the other quintessentially practical -- prompted Jim McCloskey to discuss how their value reaches beyond their basic topical categories. It also leads him to comment on the generosity that cha