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The concept – pure nature

 

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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.

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. This leads to the same result as human prostheses: they do help, but they are never perfect and always remain a replacement for an original that no one would ever give up voluntarily. 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

Time - allow natural processes time

Ponds are constantly changing throughout seasons and over the years.


A new pond, with slightly more or less plants, is a young pond with all it’s beauty. A lot of effort could be put into artificial aging, but it still would remain recognizable. An older pond has a special charm and could only be returned to a young pond by radical intervention (general remediation). This natural process of change can only be influenced very carefully. Any major intervention to accelerate or decelerate development poses a high risk for negative development.


The same is true when it comes to a deterioration of the water and green discoloration. If the pond is in balance, it will pass.  It might not pass overnight, but it will pass.  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.

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.
The eye alone is not enough to capture the nature experience in our garden. On a hot summer day, while lying under a shady tree near the pond, close your eyes and listen, and despite or perhaps because of the many noises and sounds a comforting peace of mind settles.
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

Seasons offer variety and keep us from the monotony and tedium of a typical pool. 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 strength

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 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. The recent big crises (financial system and nuclear power) have shown that human controlled and dominated systems may too be thrown out of joint. 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.
OBSERVE & ENJOY
A delight for all senses

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