34 Photos - May 2, 2014
Photo: This bit of nature we built doesn't happen without wearing out a closet full of hiking boots first.  Many a fishing day has been cut way short by our curiosity and life defining quest to create the most beautiful ponds, lakes and streams.  It is difficult to express how fulfilling this "work" is for us.Photo: There are myriad details to make a stream or waterfall look and function naturally. We know most of you can feel this looks natural. Our job is to know and manipulate the minutia to enhance your experience. This waterfall was inaccessible to heavy equipment.  Creating a natural  look when it is built by hand is a real challenge.  Here the artistic aspect of design works hand in hand with the science.  Lacking  large structural rock forced  us to be extra creative to achieve this look.Photo: Cool, clear, natural waters. 
When we set up the ecology, the pond does the rest of the work.  There are no filters nor additives in this water.  There is only science and nature.Photo: There is a beach and big trout 20 feet outside this backdoor.  They told us this water changed their lives.Photo: Southern lake detailsPhoto: Photo: Southern lake we rebuilt in Georiga.  See related photos for the rest of the story.Photo: Southern lake comparison between our designs and another lake in the same watershed.  The darker color indicates clear water, the brown color of the other lake, yes, indicates brown water.Photo: Photo: This serves for fish habitat as well as the general aesthetic of our lakes and pondsPhoto: Fine scale work demonstrating demanding detail to achieve our ecological designs.  We have confidence in Kerr Contractors be it large or fine work.Photo: Natural Ponds Lakes & Streams by Biologists at Spring Creek  www.AquaHabitat.comPhoto: Southern lake closer upPhoto: Photo: Photo: Southern lake we rebuilt in Georiga.  See related photos for the rest of the story.Photo: There is artistry in the details.   A stream designed by Spring CreekPhoto: Our research of native plants and their role in the aquatic ecology of our waters never ends.... and that's a very good thingPhoto: If you build it, they will come.  This is always true when you build the right habitat for wetland wildflowers. The purple flower is a native penstemon that found its way to its new home with no help from us

also shown: red: indian paintbrush yellow: natural hybrid tilings/seep monkeflower.Photo: This is a hexeginia mayfly.  If you build a pond or lake bottom exactly right, they will live in tunnels and clean the water at no extra charge.  Yes trout love them, too!Photo: Most people can feel when something looks natural, but cannot express the details of what makes it so.  We dig into the fine details and are keenly aware of the elements most people feel.    Red indian paintbrush and lupines together are always the star of wild waters.  But this wild water runs alongside a home.Photo: A few of the tools of the trade.Photo: For every circle we are invited to, YOU will have planted one wildflower in one of our ponds or streams. 

It's simple, your simple actions help us build more native wetland and aquatic habitats.  Every wildflower counts, like this Lewis' monkeyflower in this mossy stream of our design.   How many species would you guess benefit from this single wildflower?   Give us your best estimate.Photo: Photo: Now you know what natural is.Photo: Imagine if you will...... 
This is your backyard.  It is full of trout or your other favorite fish.   According to our clients it will change your life.  This is what we do, ponds, lakes and streams.


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#swimming ponds #natural  landscaping   #trout fishing pondsPhoto: The Spring Creek sampler of watersPhoto: Waterfalls are where science and art meet head-on to a confluence of physics, ecology and natural splendor.   Our view is a waterfall of bare rock with cascading water is a mere blank canvas for this natural artform.Photo: This is our version of fireworks.  In nature plants most often grow in clumps that produce this more bold expression.  Subtle design elements allow for nature to paint a shoreline in bold groupings of pure color.   This is also the way we get the most beauty from native wildflowers that individually demonstrate a more subtle expression than large domestic flowers.Photo: Lupines on the pond 
Too often we learn much more slowly than we wish.  For some time we wondered why some lupines had that lovely white upper petal ( the banner) on their flowers.  Could it be a particular species?  Thankfully we slowly came to learn the white banner is a signal to bees to come pollinate the flower.  When you look to the older flowers lower in the blossom this makes sense as they have all darkened to light purple and finally a regal blue.  Such is the way plant and pollinator work together, especially around our ponds, streams, lakes and natural gardens.

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www.aquahabitat.com/pond.plants.htmlPhoto: On Tiny Pond    Can a tiny bit of nature comfort our emotions as well as a grand natural landscape?  We did not think so at first....

Every great adventure begins at home. So too does ours.  In our work we experience some of the most gorgeous natural settings on earth so we are a bit jaded to the quality of a landscape.  Our beauty-threshold is very high, requiring true natural beauty to get that calmness and well being humans gain from nature.  The study of nature's influence on our mental health is called ecopsychology.  What we wondered is how large of a scene do we require to feel this naturally inspired calmness?  As it turns out, we answered this question quite by accident one day at the office.

The photo with this post is a test plot at our office.  It is only a couple of feet square in size. It has become a popular lunch spot over the years due to the soothing sounds of trickling water and the colors in the wildflower meadow along with butterflies and humming birds.  Surprising to us, every time we go sit here for lunch or to ponder a technical design challenge, each of us gain that calming effect of nature by simply sitting next to this tiny waterfall and pond.  The thought that occurs is why wait for enough time to travel when we can get that sense of well being right at home or at work every single day or several times a day?

Invariably after a few minutes next to our little "mental health meadow" we feel more calm and suddenly smarter with a clear mind. We believe someday businesses will recognize this mental regenerative element and incorporate natural settings into their work places.  Certainly this is something to embrace after the daily stressful commute to home.  It need not be fancy. It simply needs to soothe us.  Try this and see if it helps you cope with daily stress.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to do this is simply plant or pot a few low flowering shrubs framing the lower part of a window. Include a bowl of water to attract birds.  Native plants are the best for attracting native wildlife.  This is perfect for a home office where there isn't a lot of room for ponds and lakes.  Please let us know how it works for you.






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#pond   #lakes   #naturePhoto: There are myriad details to make a stream or waterfall look and function naturally. We know most of you can feel this looks natural. Our job is to know and manipulate the minutia to enhance your experience. This waterfall was inaccessible to heavy equipment.  Creating a natural  look when it is built by hand is a real challenge.  Here the artistic aspect of design works hand in hand with the science.  Lacking  large structural rock forced  us to be extra creative to achieve this look.Photo: Native lupines add regal brilliance to a pond in Oregon.Photo: Natural water feature pond in a meadow of native wildflowers