Habitat

The concept – PURE NATURE

In today’s busy world a piece of nature in harmony with itself is a feast for the eyes and a source of energy and joy.

Everyone can picture an idyllic pond, far away from civilization and modern technology. Bringing such a piece of nature into your garden is an incredible luxury these days.

No technology – nature does not need it

Whether a swimming pond, fish pond or water lily pool, human intervention should be kept to a minimum to prevent disturbing the natural processes.

Nature should be given a helping hand with a wide variety of healthy plants. To inhibit algae growth, unfertilized plants should be used and care taken to select the proper pond substrate.

Then the pond is left to the natural processes. Even though the pond is free of life at the first filling (and hopefully low in nutrients), within a very short time the first visitors and residents arrive.

Using technology is like trying to provide ‘prostheses’ to nature. A filter has an easy task in a pool, it takes everything out of the water. A filter for a natural pond has, however, a virtually insurmountable task, because it must distinguish between good and evil.

If we simply let nature alone to its own devices, there is no need for technology, as we can see on every trip into untouched nature.

Cycles – life comes and goes

Natural cycles begin immediately after the pond’s first filling: birth and death, eat and be eaten. In the beginning, powerful changes may occur in the pond that become progressively weaker.

Over time, a natural equilibrium, with only minor variations, is achieved . If we interfere with nature and decimate algae’s predators by circulating the water through a pump with a spinning gyro, then natural cycles are permanently impaired.

Understanding, observing and finally trusting these natural processes is very important and has its own special charm.

Time – allow natural processes time

Ponds are constantly changing throughout seasons and over the years and have their charm in every season and at every age.

The young pond may become cloudy and turn green in spring. If the pond is in balance, it will go away again, but not at the time that people want and not from one day to the next. Natural processes take time and due to their complexity can not be precisely predicted.

Our suggestion … trust nature, take your time and make yourself comfortable, enjoy observing, perhaps together with a good glass of wine …

Observe & enjoy

A pond is not only a first class bathing experience, but also a place to watch and enjoy.

With all the plants, animals and humans – there’s always something going on. Open your senses and you will be amazed.

Visitors & residents

As soon as your pond is filled, the first residents move in.

Since the water for the first filling is mostly free of small organisms, life is boosted by ‘vaccinating‘ with water from a well-functioning pond.

Larger residents come to the new pond on their own. Some visitors such as kingfisher, stork or heron usually only make a short visit in search of fish.

For all visitors and residents, the new pond is a small extension for the ever smaller living space, a new home and thus an opportunity to survive. After some time there is a lot of activity in and around the pond, the new living space we created is now being visited and inhabited.

Since the swimming pond can be used from day one, it doesn’t take long for human visitors to find themselves at the new pond, because the special word gets around quickly.

A delight for all senses

As the pond develops over time, we sharpen our senses, not letting ourselves be distracted from the surrounding abundance.

What escapes the hurried visitors are really worthwhile observations, such as the hatching of a dragonfly slowly unfolding its wings, or the lively bustle of the newts, if you are lucky enough to have them gathered at the pond. Birds taking a bath splashing merrily, young swallows practicing drinking water from the pond, the elusive kingfisher on the prowl or the bats hunting insects on the move: they all attract our attention with their performances.

But plants, too have lots to offer: small curiosities that flourish in secret and the wondrous forms of buds and bolls. 
Sharpen your sense of smell and you will find out that many plants exude delicate perfumes. Some of them can be approached swimming, like water lilies. Smell the scent of their flowers, you’ll be amazed how different are their fragrances. Even the texture of their petals is very special.

Swimming brings us an active way to enjoy the pond. Feel the cool water on your skin: it’s not just for kids! Splashing, jumping and frolicking can not harm your pond, decks and swimming area have been especially built just for this purpose.

On a warm summer night, lay down on the deck right after bathing, feel the soft water on your skin, listen to nature and enjoy the stars.

A natural pond has much more to offer than any pool.

Seasons

In summer, we enjoy the cool shade around the pond and a refreshing swim.

Autumn conjures incredible colours on the pond. Early morning mists drag across the pond. Rays of the already low-lying sun glisten in dew drops and bring colours to glow.

Winter brings snow and ice, nature has retreated to rest. Soon we can walk on the ice or even skate on the pond.

In spring nature awakens and soon shows the first flowers. Green has come in fashion again. Even if the cycle of seasons ends here, next year is will not simply be a repetition of the last. There is always something new to discover at a pond.

Source of strenght

Natural ponds develop into a unique habitat for many animals and plants, as well as a special place for people to relax and enjoy.

Whether you are using the pond for swimming or enjoying the atmosphere,  it is the ideal place to regenerate and rejuvinate.

Trust in natural processes

We have the tendency to rely on systems that we can control and seemingly dominate, instead of trusting something as strange and complex as nature.

Are natural processes so complex that we can not trust them or are they so simple that we feel we cannot rely no them? Maybe we have just forgotten how to observe nature and to draw the right conclusions?

Trusting natural processes may require a kind of courage or a willingness to let go. But if, over time, the trust is rewareded, the satisfaction is even greater, because we have moved one step closer to nature.

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