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Seraphim visited the Monocle Man Gallery, today. She seldom visits galleries, any more…

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… those of you who have known Seri for a long time will remember she used to have a huge gallery, housing her equally huge collection of art by SL artists. Seraphim loves art, and loved collecting SL art, which she did, prolifically, for 8 years, spending tens of thousands of L$’s on her collecting…

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… she did it, not only because she loves art, but to support SL art/artists… she had several favourite artists who charged thousands of lindens for each and every painting, Seraphim bought them all, even when she could barely afford to…

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… she eventually had to admit to herself, that perhaps only 1 or 2 of these artists she was supporting, EVER contacted her, to say thank you…

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… not only that, when she eventually met some of them, their self-entitled arrogance appalled her, not to mention that some of them literally talked down to her, as though they were her superiors…

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… she seldom goes to the galleries of these people, any more, and seldom buys SL art.

 

Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot

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Seraphim visited Dya’s Abandoned Vacation Spot, today… the place was fairly packed, snuggling couples and wandering explorers everywhere, she’s not used to those kind of numbers when she explores, she’s also not into de-rendering other avi’s, so it was a bit tricky getting good angles for good shots, but, she managed. The place has very nice, broody beach scenes…

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… there’s an inland element, of bucolic lanes…

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… but it was the shore scenes that Seri liked…

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… a lovely feel of odd emptiness, that post-apocalyptic-event feel that SL creators do so well…

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… a delightful sombreness…

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… a place where all manner of strangeness could have happened/be happening…

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… birds wheeling in an odd sky, the only witnesses to where all the people went.

The Worst Lag

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Seraphim has found no really photo-worthy destinations to visit, recently. She’s gone to several she would not normally have visited, because they looked better than having nowhere to go, but has not found any with more than one or two decent scenes. She decided to go back to Tralala’s Diner, again, in hopes the horrific lag she has always encountered there, might have lessened…

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… on arrival, she saw that there was a new landing area…

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… a beautifully textured little gazebo, with a piano…

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… the lag, however, was instantly so horrendous, she couldn’t even turn from one side of the room, to look at the other, without it becoming a major exercise in guessing how many times to click the arrow key, without the end result being facing where she started from… it took multiple efforts just to get out the door, having to get exactly lined up with it, then even getting out it, while it was open, before it closed in her face,¬†due to the lag. Taking the picture she wanted was also nearly impossible, because the lag effected her camera, too… she gave up just after she actually managed to get out the door. Tralala is a beautiful place, a photographers dream, but it is also THE most laggy sim Seraphim has ever visited, which just destroys any enjoyment in visiting it, sadly.

Mopire Again

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Seraphim visited her favourite sim, again, yesterday, the Mopire City/Tokyo-WindHill City/Reiri Town sprawl. She adores this amazing build, for it’s mysterious, un-attainable far riverbank…

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… for it’s industrial/wild near shore…

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… with it’s rugged public space…

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… for the way the wild area morphs into the commercial area…

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… where there is still plenty of nature. This area morphs into the huge…

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… concrete landscape of the Tokyo-WindHill City/Mopire City area, with it’s stunning detail, and, in Mopire City, huge buildingscape…

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… Seraphim never tires of coming here, the place never ceases to blow her mind with it’s meticulous detail and ridiculously high standard of construction. She highly recommends you visit here… this is SL, the place might be gone, tomorrow!

 

Another Fairy Tale

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Seraphim visited ‘Another Fairy Tale‘, this evening… Cica Ghost seems to be really smashing them out, lately…

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… the colours are really beautiful, with that sub-aquatic lighting that Cica Ghost seems to favour…

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… whimsical critters in pools of light…

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… and plants that look as though Salvador Dali and Hieronymus Bosch designed them together, one night, after they’d both taken acid…

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… the only thing Seraphim disliked were the ugly little, flying face creatures, which seemed always to bomb her carefully setup shots, just as she was about to take a picture… she actually had to photoshop out the one that invaded this picture.

 

Whale Graveyard

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During her weekend SL perambulations, this morning, Seraphim found a small, flying whale graveyard…

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… three of those flying whales that were so trendy a year or so ago (Seraphim has one, too!) were dead on the ground, somehow turned to stone…

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… inert, and overgrown…

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… a town had sprung up around them, no doubt capitalising on this incredibly haunting place.

100 Levels!

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The 100 Levels project recently achieved it’s goal…

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… Magnum Yoshikawa announced the building would stay up until the 22 of March, so there’s still time to go to Kowloon and see this wonderful, collaborative construction piece… Seraphim found that the last 20 floors seemed to be a bit bland, like people had run out of ideas, but she still found a few she quite liked…

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… they tended to be fairly whimsical…

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… Seraphim likes whimsy…

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… she popped into her own unit, to check on her hedgehogs, and make sure they were ok spending a few more weeks here… they were fine, spending the day snoozing on the bench, and the night snuffling in the grass for bugs… they also still enjoyed the view, and didn’t even mind the eccentric, French music.