Fountain Series # 4 – March: fountains in gardens and nature – the Mermaids fountain

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For the month of March I am looking for fountains in gardens or encountered on walks through the countryside. This fountain is in a park close to my house, until the fountain challenge, I had never noticed it before. Funny isn’t it how you don’t see things that are so close? The fountain is named for Lorelei, a beautiful woman, who unhappy in love, was said to have lured men to their deaths with her siren call on the Rhein. Lorelei is named for the Lorelei rock, a  132 m (433 ft) high, steep slate rock on the right bank of the River Rhein in Germany the site of accidents in days gone by. Heavy currents, and a small waterfall in the area created a murmuring sound, which became the song of a woman in distress, luring men to their deaths. I have paraphrased wikipedia on this – so for a longer version please visit their site.  One thing is certain, the Lorelei of the Basel fountain has a malevolent air about her. Lorelei up close:

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And up really close you can see a sea-farer entangled in her hair

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walking round the fountain:

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If would like to join in with the fountain photo challenge then please take a look at my fountain page. No complicated rules, just a fountain and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Fountain series March
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘fountain series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Friday of each month

To make it easier to find everyone’s posts, perhaps you could add the TagFountain Series‘.


You don’t have to post on a Friday.  Any day in the month will do. If you have loads of pictures that fit into a theme, feel free to post several times during the month or create a gallery or whatever works best for you. While I’ve never run a challenge,  I am following Jude’s capable lead and letting myself be inspired by her categories,  so I am feeling hopeful that this will work out 🙂.

We have already had some wonderful fountain shares from around the world.  This week we have been joined by two new blogging colleagues with submissions from Wales and Pennsylvania. If you are a garden lover, like myself, you might want to add a garden or two to your bucket list, once you’ve seen how beautiful they are. Nowathome takes us on the wine route in South Africa –  to the  Franschhoek Cellar, Kaz at Elizabeth Krall photographs takes us to London’s beautiful Kew Gardens and Regents Park, the inimitable Jude contributes a fountain from the National Trust Garden at Powis Castle, Powys, Wales and Joseph at Lillie-Put contributed a fountain in Pennsylvania – which is one of this week’s favourites, probably because of the sunlight on water and the serenity that his photo radiates. I can just imagine sitting on a bench watching the water and enjoying the peace. Thanks all for joining in! I look forward to more contributions in the coming months! Poli

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9 thoughts on “Fountain Series # 4 – March: fountains in gardens and nature – the Mermaids fountain

  1. Is this in the same area as your water tower? I can see similarities. I love your mermaid shots. I just checked this month’s theme and I don’t think I have anything that would qualify as Urban but I’ll keep a look out. 🙂

    • Hi Jo – mermaid is in a different park, but i think most of the stone fountains here have something a little stark about them, not whimsical or playful, even the mermaid looks grumpy….i noticed similarities in the fountains too 🙂 – keep looking and join in if you can ! Would be great

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