Wind Bells and Windchimes: Perfect for the Backyard

Simple wind chimes work better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. This way they will mix in perfectly wherever they are installed. When it comes to wind chimes, the tone is more significant than the look. Often times, the more creative styles of wind chimes are not made to create a pure sound quality, whereas those made of simple aluminum can deliver this flawless sound. Suspending your chimes at different heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. ft-300__42275.jpg For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or amidst flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound will dance with depth across your garden every time a breeze blows through. If you want to enjoy the aesthetic aspect of wind chimes, make sure they are in line of vision by placing them where they will reflect the sun at dawn and at sundown. Wind chime gardens made of aluminum match well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Globe's Most Impressive Water Elements

The King Fahd Fountain ( crafted in 1985) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has the tallest consistently-running fountain on the planet. It spouts out water reaching 260 meters (853 feet) above the Red Sea.

The World Cup Fountain located in the Han-Gang River in Seoul, Korea (2002), comes in 2nd place with water jetting up 202 meters (663 feet).

Next to the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri, is the Gateway Geyser (1995) which reaches third place. With water reaching 192 meters (630 feet) in the air, this fountain is the tallest in the United States.

The next on the list is Port Fountain located in Karachi, Pakistan which rockets water 190 meters (620 feet) into the heavens.

Number 4: Fountain Park (1970), Fountain Hills, Arizona - although it can reach heights of 171 meters (561 feet) when all three pumps are in use, it only reaches 91 meters (300 feet) on a normal day.

The Dubai Fountain opened in 2009 near to Burj Khalifa - the world's highest building. It dances to pre-recorded music every half hour and rockets water to the height of 73 meters (240 feet) - it also has extreme shooters which reach 150 meters (490 feet), though these are only used on special occasions.

Constructed in 1970, the Captain James Cook Memorial Jet in Canberra, Australia, comes in at #7 shooting water up to 147 meters (482 feet).

And at #8, we have the the Jet d'eau, in Geneva (1951), measuring 140 meters (460 feet).

The Original Outdoor Garden Fountains

The water from rivers and other sources was initially provided to the inhabitants of nearby towns and cities by way of water fountains, whose purpose was primarily practical, not aesthetic. In the years before electrical power, the spray of fountains was driven by gravity alone, usually using an aqueduct or water supply located far away in the nearby mountains. Fountains all through history have been developed as memorials, impressing local citizens and visitors alike. When you see a fountain nowadays, that is definitely not what the first water fountains looked like. Basic stone basins crafted from local material were the original fountains, used for spiritual purposes and drinking water. Rock basins are thought to have been 1st utilized around 2000 BC.

The force of gravity was the power source that controlled the oldest water fountains. Drinking water was provided by public fountains, long before fountains became elaborate public monuments, as attractive as they are functional. The Romans began constructing elaborate fountains in 6 BC, most of which were bronze or stone masks of creatures and mythological heroes. The remarkable aqueducts of Rome delivered water to the eye-catching public fountains, most of which you can go see today.


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