Interesting things

 

  This is a variety of interesting things I have came

  across, at peoples homes and places in the past.

Different strokes for different folks

  The people at this home had a nice collection of large desert tortoises. The biggest one was twenty five years old. They had males and females and have

bred baby tortoises. 

   These tortoises are desert oriented and with stand extreme

heat. In the summer time they are sheltered with a mini shed to hide in the shade and to sleep in at night. They are kept inside a basement in the winters. They feed the tortoises a variety of lettuces, non citrus fruits and vegetables. 

  They were named and loved by the owners. They have more of a collection of aquatic turtles in their pond and indoor aqauariums.

I was always into turtles and reptiles and studied herpetology for many years. My first reptiles I had was some aquatic turtles. 

The photo below was the first pond I had built for the turtles 

when I was ten years old. 

  

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Unique flower pot

    This house had a great variety of landscape

plantings on the property. One item I liked was the flower pot with the plant growing out of the top of the head. The lady plants flowering plants in this pot every year. It was a nice item by the corner pond and waterfall that was built. The bench is a great item to have by the water feature to sit and feed and fish or just relax and enjoy the view.

  This little red ear slider turtle found its way to the pond that was built in a neighborhood with a natural wetland near by. 

   For a few years now in the winter,

this turtle leaves the pond and goes into hibernation in the near by wetland. When I return in the spring for the annual Spring Startup service, the turtle has returned to the pond also. With the cascading waterfalls and the crystal clear pond, the turtle

is ready to enjoy another year in its Pond Paradise. The home owner enjoys the turtle and feeds it daily.

There are fascinated how the turtle leaves and comes back every year.

   This is one of the types of turtles

I owned a while back. They are very hardy and survive the harsh winters.

They can be found in natural ponds in the wild across Long Island NY.

 

 

Red ear slider turtle

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Motor Parkway Plaza  Hauppauge NY

Sculpture

   This public waterfall display

in this plaza, has two pondless waterfalls with a interesting sculpture in the middle of the waterfalls.

   This work of art sculpture was created by a renowned sculptor

Hans Van de Bovenkamp.

He has sculptures all over the world and has a very unique style.

   I was very proud to have built one of my  waterfall creations

around this beautiful piece of art by this famous sculptor. 

Two different types of art that went together great.

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Statues

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  The right statue in the right place can add a unique look to a water

feature or landscape area. A statue placed next to some plants, on a stone, or by the waters edge will       give character, blending in with the water feature area.

   A new cement statue will come clean and a grey color. Outside in time, the statue will look aged or weathered. In a shady location, some statues will grow moss on it and look ancient. The older the statue the better it looks.

   I personally like the asian style, 

a buddha, pagoda, or a tower. 

With the right plantings and a beautiful water feature you can a asian pond paradise. 

  Some statues are made with a metal. There are many different stlyes out there. Choose the right statue that fits your surroundings and yard. 

A copper statue outside will oxidize and turn green

Fake alligator lol

Some people have resin statues that looking
realistic. They weigh alot
less than a cement statue.

A cement statue is more

liable to break than a resin statue. I have seen the resin staues come in animals, 
towers, mushrooms and many more varieties.

Getting a hand designing a water feature

  This cross was found in some brush in a pond construction. The shape of this wood stick resembled a holy cross.

 I was amazed how the stick had broke at the points exactly shaped like a cross.

  I saved this wood cross and pray with it before heading out each day, hoping the the day will be as beautiful as the last.

I feel blessed, I have the talent to create these amazing water features. RR  

Wood Cross

A banana tree

   Some people put tropical

plants in their yards to get

a real tropical affect with

the water feature and the surroundings.

 They bring these plants

inside in the winter and take

them back outside when the

weather gets warmer.

 I have see people put palm

trees outside in their yards

by the water feature. Talk

about a real tropical feeling!

A Banana tree

Hatchling painted turtles

   Excavating a waterfall project at a house on a lake I came

across 6 freshly hatched baby painted turtles. A few shovels

in the dirt and these hatchlings emerged from the soil.

It was late fall 

A larger pondless waterfall

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