Fascinating blue: On the allure of water
The waterside holds an unequalled appeal for us all. We dream of sitting beside the sea, a lake or a river and indulging in the experience of deep relaxation which is unique to the water’s edge. Where does this fascination come from?
There is no concrete scientific explanation for the attraction of water. It is evident that we are magically drawn to water and its calming, relaxing effect. There is another side to water, too: Its unfathomable power and vastness also exude a fascinating allure.
No other element on earth makes us feel so small and unremarkable, no other element captures our imagination in quite the same way as water. Water is associated with a whole host of legends and adventures which are still very much alive in our imagination today. Nessie, Moby Dick and Jaws fill us with a sense of horror. Mermaids are said to have beguiled sailors, beckoning them to their ruin.
The unexplored depths
While water covers more than 70% of the earth’s surface and forms the largest continuous eco-system, it is the element about which we have the least scientific knowledge. Only 5% of the deep sea has undergone scientific exploration. Two thirds of the organisms living down to a depth of eleven kilometres are largely unknown.
A restorative climate
The seaside is not only a relaxing environment, it is also beneficial to the health. This is due to the bracing climate which prevails at the North Sea and the Baltic Sea here in Germany. Salt, iodine, magnesium and trace elements in the sea air stimulate the immune system. Strong winds and varying temperatures mobilise and strengthen the body’s defences.
Your own individual waterworld
Most people obviously do not have the option of upping sticks and moving to the sea so as to enjoy a life of maritime pleasures. For those who wish to incorporate aquatic delights into their daily lives, there are various ways of creating individual tranquil settings with a diverse range of water features - from a gently pattering fountain on the terrace through a stylishly designed pool area to a swimming pond that conjures up an authentic natural setting as part of our everyday home environment.