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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS

         January 9, 2019                                                                                                                                       www.watershapes.com  
FEATURE ARTICLE
   
Up from the Ruins
After leaving us with a cliffhanger last month, Scott Christiefollows up here with information on the clients' surprise request and on the process of bringing the backyard into final form with -- in addition to the original pool and spa -- a new pond system and, oh yes, a crumbling ruin.   [more]

WHAT IS IT?

#32:  Umbrellas

If you want to add a charming touch to a project, writes Mike Farley in introducing this brief video, you need look no further than a classic shade provider -- easy to place, easy on the budget and, perhaps best of all, a timeless mood-setter and cue to complete outdoor relaxation.   [more] 

EASTERN INSIGHT

Hail the Queen  
India's ancient stepwells were about much more than providing their thirsty communities with water.  As Victoria Lautman discusses in the second of three articles on these structures, facilities including Rani ki Vav also served both men and women as multi-purpose gathering spots.  [more]
ESSENTIAL

Spheres of Influence 

During the past decade or so, fountains that feature rotating granite balls have become familiar in myriad settings, from theme parks to upscale backyards.  The trick of floating weighty rock spheres on thin sheets of water in rounded sockets is actually a simple one, says fountain expert Anne Gunn, but it's nonetheless an effect that is utterly fascinating to children and adults who enjoy moving hugely heavy objects with the slightest of touches.  

This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2006, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.

TRAVELOGUE

The New American Garden
The gardens of James van Sweden have influenced an entire generation of landscape architects and designers.  Few are more influential than the Great Basin at the Chicago Botanic Garden:  It's well worth a lingering visit the next time you find yourself in the Windy City.    [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD

Hello, 2019!
In his first blog of this brand-new year, Jim McCloskey is announcing his intention to devote more and more space to a certain type of editorial and product content in upcoming editions of this newsletter.  While on the subject, he also has an important, related favor to ask of all of you.  [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .


Dazzling Display Dept.:  These portraits of exotic fish treat us to a seldom-seen world of amazing beauty.    
For all that, these guys relentlessly fight among themselves.
 
Higher Art Dept.:  Photographer Milan Radisics captures images of water as you've probably never seen it.   [more]
There's exceptional beauty even on our troubled planet.

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
 
Hard Choices
      
Early in 2004, Stephanie Rose wrote passionately in her column about the effective use of rocks in landscapes and gardens.  Do you think you know why she assigned so much importance to these materials?    [more] 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Fire & Water Bowls from Grand Effects
 
Grand Effects (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) offers 360° Fire & Water Bowls for outdoor living spaces. The products combine fire and water effects and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes with certified burner assemblies for natural gas or propane operation. They generate 60,000 to 80,000 Btus per hour with 30 to 50 gpm water flows. For details, clichere.  
 
Daldorado Launches Pool-Grate Support System

Daldorado (Naples, FL) has introduced the DalLUX stone and tile grate-support system for use on straight, parallel pools. The system features 12-inch-wide supports and mitered corners to which cut-to-size stone or tile pieces are attached using a supplied adhesive and spacer lugs. The resulting grates have load capacities in excess of 5,000 pounds. For details, click here.
WPN UPDATE


Expanding
Influence
 
The rationale for banding together in a web network is simple:  By creating a mass of companies -- every single one of them with its own Internet presence and all of them effectively aligned to one another by virtue of reciprocal links with the hosting site -- an entity such as the WaterShapes Professional Network makes every participant seem larger and inherently more interesting to search engines.  This leads to more exposure, more leads, more clicks, more prospective clients.
To see what this kind of community looks like, have a look by clicking below.  
 
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped:  Time to click aboard? 
 
 
 
 
 

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