Back through the Gates of Melancholy

Last summer I visited the Gates of Melancholy as documented here:  Gates of Melancholy.  I knew then I would be visiting again and these shots are from my latest trip there.

This is one of those sims that has a continuous appeal to me.  Not overdone, beautifully artistic, and well thought out.  Photographic opportunities galore and definitely worth a visit.

There are times in your life where you find yourself thinking about revisiting something from the past be it a sim, a club, or even a person.  All I can say is, that if the desire is there, pursue it.  Sometimes you will be disappointed with the pursuit while other times you will be delighted.  You never know until you act upon your impulse.

So, if you have the desire to check out the original post, please scroll up and click the link in the first paragraph.  I would hope that it leaves you delighted.  🙂

I hope you enjoy the pictures and, as always, the SLURL is included at the bottom of this post.

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  Gates of Melancholy


It has been quite a while since I have created a sim from scratch and this is one I am particularly happy with.  Since relocating in RL, I have developed a love for roller coasters and thrill rides and decided to take that love from RL to my Second Life.  Originally I was going to keep this for my own enjoyment but, upon finding some quality rides and placing my store on the sim, I have decided to open it to the public to enjoy.

I want to tell those who reached out to me over the past month how much I appreciate them.  Even someone who called themselves family that attacked me out of the blue without knowing all the facts.  They opened another door that was once bolted, boarded, and barricaded shut for me.  Ironic how that happens at times.

This sim is a celebration of sorts for me.  Having had my share of turmoil (and yes, some of it self-induced) I have found my happy place.  Additionally, I have rekindled a relationship that I never thought would ever be again. With Sofia’s input and ideas, I believe this sim is everything I hoped it would be.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, have a chance to visit the sim and ride the rides and just have a great time.  As always, I have included the SLURL at the bottom of the post.  And Chip, there is a greedy table there just for you 🙂

To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Goodnight

Crystal Garden Estates

Yesterday, I decided to pay a visit to the “Crystal Garden Estates” build located on the “Quararibea Cordata Island” sim.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this is the sim of one of my long-time Facebook friends, Sandi Benelli.  I have enjoyed Sandi’s talents for quite some time.  As well as being an accomplished blogger (A Flair for SL Style) and photographer (Flickr Page), she is also a sim designer (she may have done more in the past but this is the first one I have come to notice.)

I found this build to be a reflection of the Sandi that I know from afar, sweet and beautiful with a calm serenity.  She greeted me warmly when I landed at the sim and made me feel welcome.  I took a handful of shots before departing and let her know how beautiful the sim was and that I would be returning.  As expected, she was gracious and warm.  It was a wonderful visit.  I even caught her in one of the shots, you will notice her standing on the deck of the house.

Thank you for opening this sim and sharing your vision with us Sandi.  It was a very enjoyable visit and I will definitely be returning again.

To visit this location in Second Life, please click here:  Crystal Garden Estates




Enlightenment at Devin

I decided to take another adventure to Devin.  I must admit that I am a bit fascinated with this sim and just cannot resist visiting occasionally.  You can see my previous posts, “Devin”  & “Return to Devin”, by clicking on their names.

Having been there a couple of times already, I figured that I would just wander around and take it in.  There would be nothing that I had not seen before and I would just enjoy it for what it was.  Then, out of nowhere, came the idea of switching my Windlight setting to something I had not used before.  How would it look to me if I changed the way I looked at it?

As I stood there looking at the different photographic opportunities that presented themselves I got to thinking further. What if I applied the same approach to the way I view situations and other items in my life?  I wondered how much of my perception of some of my experiences and acquaintances in life were influenced by the energy (or metaphorically, Windlight) that existed at the time?  Could it be that, during the time I experienced any given situation, other events or emotions had a greater effect on me than I realized?  I have always operated with the understanding that emails and text messages are often read with the tone of our current mood.  If a person is happy, a curt message may come across without the sarcasm or anger that was originally intended.  Likewise, if a person is unhappy or stressed it is very likely that a benign comment or statement may seem like an attack.

It would be so nice if I had a drop-down list that I could use to change my view of any given situation as it were happening.  Not happy with the way it is going, change my viewpoint or mood and see how it looks now.  Sadly, it is not that easy though.  In Second Life, we can do it while looking at our focal point and nothing changes except the Windlight we are using to shoot the picture with.  In real life, things keep moving.  In a virtual world we have tools that can freeze time.  That is until we introduce others to the environment, then it gets complicated.  Often times, before the interactive play comes into play, we would be best to have our desired Windlight selected prior to the scene.  Moods and feelings are not as easy to set however.  We try and do the best with what we have but yet, sometimes, it does not turn out well.

My visit to the sim did turn out well.  I got the shots I wanted and was pleased with them and I will return to try something new next time.  I do not know how it will turn out but I am grateful to have the opportunity to try again, to find my perception of perfection.  Would any of us really want to pass up that chance if we had it?  I do not think I would and, for that reason, I will will keep trying new approaches and new Windlights until I achieve what I consider my best experience.

I do hope you enjoy these pictures.  It is another series of shots from an incredible sim seen in a different light.  Some may like them, some may not, but it was the one that I found myself in during this visit.  As always, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post and thank you for taking the time to view it.

Visit this locating in Second Life by clicking here: Devin