I ran across “Deciduous” in my travels today and was very impressed with it.  As I typically do as late, I googled the word deciduous and to find out more about it. The standard meanings of the word are briefly to “fall off at maturity” or “tending to fall off.”  Shrubs and trees of different varieties lose their leaves as they reach maturity or the temperature chills enough to cause them to fall off.  Likewise, humans will lose their baby teeth or deer will lose their antlers as a couple of examples.

This build was gorgeous and full of color.  I enjoyed exploring it and taking pictures.   I highly recommend paying it a visit.

I do hope you enjoy the pictures I got of it and hope that you will find time to visit it yourself.  I have included the landmark at the bottom of the post.

Click the following link to visit this location in Second Life:  Deciduous


Phabolaois Stran


Ever found yourself with nothing to do on a Friday night?  Well that is what happened to me and while I was considering many different options, I suddenly realized I had not been exploring for a while and decided to venture out to see what there was to see and ended up at “Phabolaois Stran” located on the “Beck” sim.

The destination guide describes the sim as follows, “Phabolaois Stran is a mysterious rocky island in the middle of nowhere.Guarded by seagulls, only just a few shipwrecks and ruins tell of the island’s eventful past including invasion and occupation. And then there is the abandoned mansion that had been the refuge of Lord Gwynplane one century ago. Attentive explorers might even discover the secret entrance to the bizarre circus in the sky.”  I did not make it to the circus in the sky on this visit but plan on returning as the premise of the sim was very intriguing to me.

The land description read, “Tout va très bien, Madame la Marquise, tout va très bien, tout va très bien.  Pourtant il faut, il faut que l’on vous dise on déplore un tout petit rien…” which Google translate was kind enough to come back with, “Everything goes very well, Madame la Marquise, everything is going very well, everything is going very well.  However, it is necessary to be told we deplore a little nothing …”

Being of the curious sort, I researched more and it was the perfect reference for this sim.  When I got there, it was dark and raining dreadfully.  There were shipwrecks visible from the landing point around the rocky island and it was obvious that this is a place of tragedy.  That aside, it still had an appeal.

I have linked to a song by Ray Ventura that describes a series of calls that a woman makes to her home to find out what she will find when she returns home.  The first person she speaks to informs her that her horse is dead but reassures her that, outside of that, everything is fine.

She is taken aback by this news and calls her coachman to find out how the horse died and he states that everything is fine, that it is really fine.  However, he regrets to tell her that the reason that the horse is dead is because the stable burned to the ground.  But outside of this, everything is fine.

Even more distraught she continues her calls to find out that the fire that burned the stable down was caused by the fire that burned down her home spreading to the stable.  To make matters worse, the fire was started by someone who stumbled and toppled the candles when they came across the body of her husband.  He had committed suicide after he discovered he was ruined.  The home burned from the bottom up, the wind caught the flame and carried it to the stable which burned quickly and that is when they witnessed the horse dying.

But outside of that, everything is fine.

As you explore the sim, you get that sense of everything being a mess.  From the shipwrecks, the heavy rainfall, the oddly appointed home, and, I would assume, the circus that I have not made it to yet.  But, outside of all that, everything is fine, really, it is fine.

As you can tell, I enjoyed this sim very much.  It has an intrigue that I will go back with Sofia to experience more in the future.  Very interesting indeed.

The evening was not all damp and gloomy as I did run across an old friend, Kris Vita, a multi-talented individual who is an accomplished photographer as well as being a sim creator.  You will see her standing on the dock in one of the pictures and I have taken the liberty of including her Flickr link right here:  Krys Vita’s Flickr.

I also had the pleasure of a conversation with a new acquaintance, Winter Rufus, who was generous enough to let me share a photo of her next to a sign informing me that there was no lifeguard on duty.

Okay, enough rambling….  I hope you enjoy the pictures and, as always, the SLURL is located at the bottom of this post.

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

Sol Farm

While bouncing around sims, I stumbled across “Sol Farm” located on “Story of Infinite” sim.  I really enjoyed this sim from the abandoned looking amusement park to the rural house settings.   Growing up in the corn belt in the United States, I related easily to this sim.  I wandered through and took some pictures and plan on returning to it soon.  It is very well done.

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

Visit this location in Second Life by clicking here:  Sol Farm

It’s a New Dawn

Amazingly, this is my 300th post!!  Where has the time gone?  What started as just a whim has turned into a therapeutic activity of sorts for me and I thank you for letting me share my random finds and thoughts with you over the past 2 years or so. I also want to thank my partner, Sofia, for encouraging me to start down this path back then.

This brings me to the latest adventure, the “It’s a New Dawn” build located on the “Lemon Beach” sim.  The land description reads, “The dawn has come….  And the wine will run…. And the song must be sung…. And the flowers are melting….
In the sun.”  For those familiar with Kate Bush, you will remember these words as the opening lyrics to her song, “Aerial” which is to the ears what this sim is to the eyes – beautiful.  With sounds turned on while visiting this sim, you are in for a totally immersive experience into the tranquility that is represented.  A very peaceful and enjoyable visit with plenty of picture opportunities to be had.

Second Life is truly amazing to me.  The creativity that is present in game never ceases to impress me.  I have enjoyed every post to date that I have made, some during happy times, some during turbulent times.  This journey has been as much about celebration as it has been about healing.  It is an outlet for my emotions as well as a showcase for beauty (hopefully portrayed as such with my attempt at photography.)

I appreciate all the comments I have received during this endeavor and also the recommendations for sims to shoot but, most of all, I appreciate each and every one of you.  It just amazes me that others enjoy what I started as an outlet for myself.

I do hope, as always, that you enjoy the pictures and take time to visit this sim. Make sure you let the sim owner know that you appreciate the sims that you like and spread the word about them as well.  To help you with this effort I have included the SLURL at the bottom of this post.  I look forward to what the next post may hold (not committing to another 300 at this point LOL).

Click on the following link to visit this location in Second Life:  It’s a New Dawn