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September 2019



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notes from a small island

curiouswombat in photo_scavenger


And here is 'change'.

I think this is the only fountain I can remember seeing in my childhood. It is, as you can see, near the sea in Douglas - the capital of the island. On the rare occasions that we went to Douglas after sunset it fascinated me because the water changed colour, from red, to yellow, to blue. I think it was done with coloured lights shining up through it.

Then it broke. And was dry for about 10 years. A few years ago they mended it and now it runs again - but things have changed... now there are no more coloured lights, and even if there were it would no longer seem like magic.

But I like it anyway!


And you can see the weather was not very summery yesterday!


I love light-show fountains. Even without that extra, this is a cool fountain, though. It's very different looking somehow.
It's very different looking somehow.

It's one of those things that has just always been there - I am not even sure when it was built - 30s or 50s maybe?
Being surrounded by water, I don't suppose fountains hold the same charm as those in a landlocked country. The kids' adopted city, Kansas City, is known as the City of Fountains. It has over 2,000! They started out as a way to keep people, dogs, cats, birds, and horses hydrated. Now, each fountain established has to have a maintenance trust fund so that public funds aren't relied upon to keep them running, because many early ones were shut down because of repair needs.

I love that lamp in the background, too. So attractive.
Oddly the lamp in the background, and its fellow lamps, were a major cause for debate a few years ago. Various people objected to the whole set of them, all along the promenade, being too 'fat' when they were put in place. Correctly a Victorian lamp would have had a narrower 'trunk'; but they are not only lamps, but also air vents to the storm-water holding tank below the promenade.

I really like them, and think it is an elegant solution to both lighting and providing ventilation, myself.