Finding the Perfect Wind Bells and Windchimes for You

Simple wind chimes work better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. The main goal is for them to fit in effortlessly anywhere they are placed. When it comes to wind chimes, the sound is more significant than the look. Simple aluminum types of wind chimes often produce a much better sound quality than those which are more decorative. Hanging your chimes at various heights is important when creating your very own wind chime garden. 8118-6603__75678.jpg One example is to locate your wind chimes on a terrace, another set in a small tree line and yet another amongst your flowers. The sound will dance with depth across your yard each time the wind blows through. If the aesthetic aspect to your wind chimes is important to you, be sure to display them in your line of vision. so you can appreciate the reflection of the rising and setting of the sun. Aluminum wind chime gardens blend in well with flowing water (such as waterfalls or birdbaths), stone decors and evergreens.

Commonplace Water Features Seen in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually include a water feature. They tend to be placed right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simplistic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Bamboo is a widely accepted material to use for spouts and therefore often incorporated into water fountains.

The basin, which tends to be built of stones, collects the water as it flows down from the bamboo spout. Even when new, it should be designed to look as if it has been outside for a long time. It is important that the overall look of the fountain goes with the natural environment, so people typically place plants, rocks, and flowers around it. Clearly, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

An alternative is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. Over the years it starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss grows over the stone.

Bigger water features can be created if there is enough open land. Nice add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Japanese fountains, however, do not really need to have water in them. It is okay to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to create the impression of a babbling brook.

A True Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have stumbled upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture found in the portico of the nearby basilica. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained mostly obscure. The part of town where it was located was forlorn and bleak which was enough to keep people away. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to design a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to put down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medallions bearing the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.


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