Voodoo Land

Toward the end of my Black Friday shopping frenzy, I visited a tattoo place. I didn’t see anything there that I wanted, but I noticed the store had what looked like more than your average detail in it’s surroundings so, as is my wont, I went to explore, and discovered Voodoo Land

… this is a wonderful, urban sim, with plenty of interesting wall art…

… lots of beautiful neon…

… and great backdrops for photography all over the place…

… gorgeous, rich splashes of colour…

… amid lots of velvety darkness and shadow…

… and lots of cool signage. Well worth a visit if you want to do some urban photography.

Back to Skrunda-3

I went back to Skrunda-3, this evening. I went to see my friend, Witchy, who was there taking pictures. Unfortunately, it was 1 AM on a work night, for Witchy’s human, and we only got to hang out for a short time, before she had to log. I hadn’t intended to take more pictures but, hey, it’s what I do…

… I decided I’d been a bit harsh, in the recent Skrunda-3 post I did, when I described the EEP setting here as ‘anaemic’, it’s probably better described as ‘quite subtle’. Anyway, I decided to shoot with the sim wind light, this time…

… in keeping with the size of the sim, I found plenty of scenes and places I’d missed, the other day…

… I even managed to find the abandoned gallery, this time…

… it wasn’t till I was reviewing all my images for this post…

… that I noticed that not only is the wind light here subtle, it slowly changes, too, so slowly, I hadn’t even been aware.

Sweet Art

I hit the shopping events, today, as there were several new ones. At one of them, I bought two sets of very nice poses, made by a creator I have not encountered, before, called ‘Sweet Art Poses’. As soon as I got home and unpacked them, and all my other goodies, I used the TP in one of the folders to go and check out their store. At the store, I bought some more, very good poses, but what really delighted me was how much work had been put into the environs of the store…

… there was a wonderful little fantasy world, there. There were a couple of trains, frozen, it seemed to me, anyway, as they rushed through the station…

… and beautiful orbs, seemingly fallen from the gorgeous sky…

… which was filled with stars, and the occasional shooting star…

… there were cherry blossom trees, and the air was filled with drifting petals…

… it was all very pretty, and whimsical. I love finding stores like this one…

… where the creator has obviously put a lot of work into making, not just their product, but the environment of their store, into something unique and memorable. To me, it shows they are not only in SL to make money from their product, but to contribute to making SL a place of art and beauty, because, really, they don’t need to put this much work into their store… most creators don’t. It makes the whole experience so much richer.

Skrunda-3

Almost 9 months ago, to the day, I posted about ‘Skrunda-2‘. Over the last few evenings, I have been visiting the equally ambitious ‘Skrunda-3‘. I found the installed wind light a bit anaemic for the drama of the environment, so I went with my own, far more dramatic, setting…

… despite the apocalyptic nature of the build, there is an almost carnival nature to it, possibly caused by the colour palette…

… there are all the tropes of SL apocalyptica, here, the burned-out vehicles, dead trains…

… and derelict trams…

… as with the previous iteration, there is lots of interesting wall art…

… this is a lovingly created wasteland…

… that is softened by the bright colours…

… there is nothing that feels threatening, here, apart from pools of toxic, radioactive waste…

… there are a few critters, eking out a precarious living in the deserted spaces…

… there’s lots to see, here, lots of great photogenic potential, well worth a visit.

Moon Gates

I have had a couple of moon gates in my inventory for several years, now. They’ve been out, on occasion, but not for a while. I realised I had the perfect place for them, the other day, a junction where three paths meet, in my garden, below my home…

… the function of moon gates is to frame the view, or lead you into the scene…

… I thought a moon gate looking into a scene with another moon gate…

… looking into a scene with a torii gate, would be pretty interesting…

… the gates do a wonderful job of making what was basically a bland intersection…

… into a far more mysterious place, where you don’t know what’s in that direction…

… till you can actually see through the gate…

… and everything looks far more interesting framed by a stone circle…

… I love the contemplative nature of this view. It’s extremely relaxing, just sitting here, listening to the birds and looking through the gates.

Noweeta

I visited Noweeta, this morning…

… these kind of sims are probably my favourite settings. I call them ‘Christina’s World-type Sims’…

… because of the fields of wheat/flowers/barley, huge sky, and the vast, empty horizon, so blank, therefore so full of potential…

… the static sky, here, is wonderful for setting good shots. It’s also just a wonderful sky. I loved this scene of the abandoned biplane parked on the empty runway, with the huge, inviting sky as backdrop…

… it instantly made me think of Al Stewart’s excellent song, ‘Flying Sorcery’…

… this is a gorgeous, minimalist sim, with lush, rich colours…

… and a nice range of different flora/fauna…

… I think the creator of this lovely place…

… has gotten the balance perfect (: