Friday, June 30, 2017

Cool and Soothing 'Green Lung'



The modest fountain in the above picture is not  placed, as most of the traditional ones, in the middle of a town square. This fountain with a circular basin , and straight, perpendicular falling water is located in a corner, a very strategic one - facing two long, busy roads, one of which (Ben-Gurion Rd. ) is dividing two cities (Bney- Brak and Ramat-Gan).

the  perpendicularly falling water

Even on hot days as our summer days are, it's quite cool near the fountain, and the sound of the falling water is very soothing. The whole spot is a little gem with grass, flowers, young trees and benches. It looks well kept - no litter, no mosquitos of any kind. There's no children's playground around, so the spot is usually quiet. It is a place mostly for young couples, teenagers, elderly people, passers by.


a cool, quiet little gem

Whenever I'm in the area I take the time to sit on a bench  and enjoy the serenity of the spot. Behind the fountain there's a coffee shop, one of the many coffee shops belonging to the fine chain called 'Aroma'. It's a pleasure to sit at a table outside the cafe with a cup of coffee and a sandwich and contemplate the fountain and its visitors. 


Aroma cafe with its red sign and people sitting outside

chairs and flowers outside the Aroma coffee shop


tiny birds found some food on a bench vis- a -vis the fountain

This spot is a blessed genuine 'green lung' in an urban area. It creates a much needed balance between Man and Nature, development and environment. We definitely need more of the kind.

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Across the street there's an interesting high  statue exhibit named "the sky is the limit,"  composed of human figures in motion . Like the fountain, this outdoor colorful work of art  gives people not only visual pleasure, but also much food to thought.


'the sky is the limit' statue




34 comments:

  1. Wonderful post, Duta, and I love the waterfall!

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    1. Thank you. There's something about this waterfall that is not typical, not the usual cascade jets.

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  2. Again you found a most beautiful spot. I love that fountain, it looks like you are looking a rain coming down in a sheet. I think this weekend I am going to find a peaceful place to just sit and enjoy without rushing around trying to get everything done! One must do that sometimes. Thanks for reminding me of that DUTA :)

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    1. To me it looks like a curtain with rain coming down from it.
      Simplicity is very relaxing, and this spot is arranged in an almost geometrical simplicity.

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  3. The neat thing about the colorful artwork is the various interpretations people have. The Sky is the Limit shows me the levels of risks taken. I like idea of enjoying a cup of coffee near the sound of water and watching people!

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    1. The statue is indeed subject to interpretations, and that's the beauty of it. People even try to climb it; there's a warning near it not to to do that.

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  4. These fountains, benches look so relaxing. I see why its called the green lung. So nice to have these areas. I love fountains

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    1. It's only a tiny 'green lung' , but nonetheless one that provides healthy, relaxing environment in a heavily polluted by cars area.

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  5. I'd love to sit by that fountain! Nothing like the sound of water!

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    1. The sound of running water is magical. I even think it could be therapeutic in some way: reducing stress levels and increasing relaxation.

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  6. It looks like a great spot to sit back and reflect, listening the fountain's soothing melody while enjoying a coffee...and savouring the aroma of the coffee. :)

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    1. Sipping good coffee while listening to the sound of water - what a bliss! Very recommended!

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  7. What a lovely spot. The fountain is so pretty and I can just imagine the sound and aromas of the area, including the good coffee. :) Thank you for sharing.

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    1. I would say that the loveliness of the spot and the gentle sound of water go well with meditation.

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  8. Duta, what a soothing spot to relax by! The sound of falling water like this is the most soothing sound in the world to me. I've always wanted to live near an ocean to hear the waves lap, but a waterfall would work. :-) Drink a little coffee, relax and think good thoughts as you watch the world go by and listen to the water falling!

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    1. I wish the waterfall were near my home! Its sounds would greatly contribute to my feeling relaxed and at peace with myself and with the world.

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  9. The fountain looks great but I really like that statue of the sky is the limit. Have a wonderful week Duta.

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    1. Indeed, it is a very attractive work of art.
      This metal cut-out colorful sculpture was created by David Gerstein, an israeli painter and sculptor. He's even got a website with great gift ideas on the same principle: movement, variety of colors, people.

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  10. I love good coffee and sitting at coffee shops. I think it's great to have someplace like that to go within the hustle and bustle of city life. We all need to take time out for ourselves.
    Cindy Bee

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    1. Location of the coffee shop is also important; some like it near a quiet,green spot like the one above; others like it in an area full of people and activities. In both cases, it's time well spent.

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  11. Wow, I love your descriptions of these places. If I were to travel there it would be so familiar to me. Have a great summer.

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    1. Oh, our summer started with some very extreme heat - desert heat, but along the sea there's very high humidity.

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  12. Such a blessing in the urban `landscape` to have such a fountain!! I was just practicing writing in `calligraphy` the verse `With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation`, and then was `drawn` to come here, so it was a joy to see your post!! Also this week in the weekly parsha we are reading about Moses hitting the rock and drawing water from the rock (though he was supposed to speak to it,not hit it!!), so again I was blessed by the connection to see the fountain in Israel that you share with us this week!! Shalom!! Love from rainy season in Japan!!

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    1. Shayndel dear, your words are as soothing as the sound of the fountain water! It's very interesting to read about the association with Moses drawing water from the rock.

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  13. I love fountains The falling water and the soothing sound of the clattering drops. The café looks appealing and a green lung is such a necessity for humans. The statue "the sky is the limit" Is beautiful

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    1. The fountain, the cafe', and the statue - are an unbeatable "trio" within a compact, little place that contributes so much to the well-being of both man and nature.

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  14. That's just a cool place to stay at and start some fresh idea for blog articles right!? I love how the place look so peaceful!

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    1. Right. Indeed, the coolness of the place can give one good ideas for blog posts.

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  15. It really looks like a little haven you've found there Duta. A love spot to sit and take in all around you. Delightful!

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    1. 'haven' is a proper word to describe the little spot.

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  16. Green space in a city is so important. In Minneapolis we are lucky to have so many walk-able lakes.

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    1. Indeed. Even a tiny space like this one. The hectic traffic on the adjacent roads is somewhat eased and cooled by this green gem.

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  17. I so love the statue! Green spaces are so important.

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    1. Seen from close angles, the statue is very attractive. There's a warning not to climb it as probably some people have tried to do that which is a crazy thing.

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