Welcome to my current obsession…er, I mean, my blog.
I moved to the Kansas City Metro area in May of 2013. After being told that Kansas City is the City of Fountains, I did a little research and found out that it is. Kansas City claims to have more fountains than any other city in the world other than Rome. In my research I came across The City of Fountains Foundation and they have been an invaluable resource in my hunt for fountains and have since become a volunteer in their efforts to catalog and photograph not only fountains, but also public art installations in the Kansas City Metro area. I have some involvement with the City of Fountains Foundation website as well.
There are anywhere from 200 to 400 fountains in the Kansas City Metro area, depending on what you want to count as a fountain. I have read many times that there are over 200 “registered” fountains, but I have never seen or read with whom the fountains have been registered. If there is a registration list somewhere, I would love to get my hands on it. The only qualifier I have ever seen for this “registered” list is that subdivision fountains are not included.
As a general rule, I try to avoid what I refer to as “pond fountains” but there have been exceptions made. If they are or were on the Foundation’s website, I have included them here. The main reason I tend to avoid them is because they all tend to be the same and usually their main function is the aeration of the pond they are in as opposed to decorative purposes.
I will also avoid subdivision fountains unless there is something unique or outstanding about them. If you drive around the suburbs enough you will see that certain developers tend to use the same fountain over and over in their various subdivisions and housing developments. The coolness factor of a fountain tends to decrease for me when I see the exact same thing in many different locations.
Recently, I have expanded by focus by including some natural waterfalls in the Metro area. While not necessarily fountains, Mother Nature has created some great-looking water features and, if they are easily accessible, I thought it would be neat to include them here. I have also started including some engineered waterfalls, such as the ones on Brush Creek at Country Club Plaza. While they are not quite natural, they can still be stunning and worth the effort to see and photograph.
I will be using this blog to catalog the fountains I find and post my pictures and whatever information about the fountains or their sites I want to share. Some of the information I share, especially when it comes to stats (dimensions, number of jets, etc.), I may take from the Foundation or KCMO or other sources. Some fountains are not listed on the Foundation website or City of Kansas City websites, but I include them because I want to.
This will be a living blog. Pages will be edited and added to as warranted. Sometimes, old pages will be removed and new updated pages will take their place. Some fountains have and will end up having multiple pages.
On October 6, 2013, I noticed that my blog got a large number of hits in one day. I found out why. Somehow, my blog became an external link for the Wikipedia page for the City of Fountains.
A couple of notes about each fountain page. For the location, I have given street addresses where possible. When not, I have given intersections, buildings or whatever I can provide to make it as specific as I can. The date “found” actually represents the date I took the pictures. I generally use a digital camera to take my pictures. I got out of the habit of using my iPhone a long time ago because the one I had when I started this blog had a damaged lens and so every picture I took with it came out with an area “smudged” or “blurry.” I rarely use Photoshop. Usually, the only times I do use Photoshop is to make a hard-to-read plaque more legible or if my camera takes a photo too bright or too dark that necessitates some manipulation of contrast or color level.
This is my own personal blog as is not directly affiliated with any specific person or organization. This is my hobby. All photographs, unless otherwise specifically noted, were taken by me and all posts were written by me. While I encourage you to share my blog and photos, I am not doing this so that other people can benefit, especially financially, in some manner off of my work. If you would like to use my photos or comments in some manner, I ask that you get my permission before you do so. I am a cynic at heart so sending me an e-mail praising my pictures will not equal automatic permission. If you do ask, please provide information as to the specific purpose you are going to use my photos. If you do not provide this information, I will ask. If you are unwilling or unable to provide me with this information, you will not receive permission.
As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I also catalog and photograph public art installations and have assembled quite a collection and am thinking of starting a separate blog for that (which would end up having some shared pages with this blog). Should I do that, I will place a link to it under the links tab at the top of the page.
Thank you for reading and thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy it and visit frequently.