Yes I seem a little prejudice when it comes to stone and water. I will always feel that the most powerful element added to any designed space is water because it works on so many levels, but the element that adds a sense of permanence, and definition is stone. After all . . . look at the pyramids, they’re still hanging in there.
So . . . put these two together and you get the best of the most important elements to create a truly dynamic element/space in the garden. 4 seasons of movement, sound, light, reflection, life, and tranquility.
My goal in building any water feature like this is to attempt to leave the observer feeling as though they are looking at something that has naturally occurred as opposed to man-made. If you can just sell that illusion for a little bit you have succeeded as a designer/bulder.