Luane’s World

It was raining when I visited Luane’s World, this morning, raining and misty and autumnal…

… the rain cleared, though, and everything was fresh and clean, and the light was soft and beautiful…

… I hung out, for a while, on a small jetty, observed by gulls…

… before resuming my wandering. The colours and scenery here put me in mind of American Romantic Landscape paintings…

… and, depending on view angle, Maxfield Parrish paintings…

… this is a really beautiful sim for nature photography…

… and just, generally, delightfully pastoral/bucolic scenes…

… I loved it, here, just wandering and stopping to take pictures. There were lots of other avi’s doing the same thing, some on horses, one on some fabulous lion-like beast… all were courteous and considerate, there were no assholes, which is always lovely (:

Seiiki

I just visited Seiiki. What beautiful place! My first impression was how much I loved the lighting… not only is it wonderfully dramatic, but the clouds are static. For someone who often spends a lot of time getting the best cloud action in the background of her images, static clouds are marvellous…

… there’s lots of pretty foliage here, too…

… there’s so much to see, here, this post is only a fraction of the pictures I took. I love all the steps, they often made me feel like I was in a ‘TombRaider’ game…

… there are marvellous vistas to see from all the high places…

… and wonderfull little places to discover…

… the detail is excellent…

… I’m always impressed by how much time and focus something like this must take to create…

… and equally impressed that someone had the vision and drive to actually manifest such a magical place.

Changes

I have just set up a new exhibition in my gallery, called ‘Changes’…

… there’s no deep meaning to the title, simply that it felt like time for some…

… if you are familiar with my work/style, you’ll know that, over the years, it has gone through a few changes, and they usually look nothing like what I have done previously…

… these new works are, for me, a fresh breeze of change…

… and I like them very much…

… change is good.

Shady Shopping District

I spent several hours in ‘Shady Shopping District‘, today…

…this has to be the prettiest post-apocalyptic build in SL…

… and, by far, one of the most interesting shopping environments…

… some kind of weirdness has happened here, perhaps decades ago, leaving most buildings in ruin, and giant, frozen octopus tentacles coming out of the ground…

… whatever it was happened so long ago, the ruins are long over-run by vegetation. There are little golden motes sparkling in the air, I trusted my alien physiology to protect me from them if they were actually spores, but still found them pretty…

… all is glorious decay…

… my only gripe about the place is the scream-inducing lag which, at it’s worst, was as bad as the, for me, benchmark horror sim lag at ‘Tralala’s Diner‘. It was this lag that was the cause of me staying here for more than three hours, just turning around could result in me getting hopelessly lost, so I had to do things over and over till I got where I wanted to be, and any impatience resulted in catastrophe. Most photos are not the ones I was looking at when I clicked the shutter, but the ones I got seconds later, when the sim reality caught up with my intentions…

… still, it’s a gorgeous sim, and there are several wonderful stores to be discovered if you have the fortitude to battle the lag.

Alpha.tribe

As is my wont, when all the SL destinations become dully the same, and I want to go somewhere that isn’t a music club/enchanted forest/relaxing beach, I open my saved landmarks and start running through places I’ve been over the years, deleting the no longer extant ones…

… I always find somewhere fabulous I’d forgotten about…

… this time I found ‘Alpha.tribe‘, somewhere I visited so long ago, I don’t even remember doing it…

… I found a gorgeously surreal dreamscape…

… with a stunning sky…

… and mysterious flying saucers. What more could a girl ask for?

Handwood Aquarium

I visited ‘Handwood Aquarium‘, last night…

… this is a gorgeously done public aquarium, beautifully detailed…

… at the risk of sounding trite, this is very much like a real world aquarium, only without the seediness that such places often have…

… this is a museum-quality experience, with wonderful displays, and the lighting is fabulous, very soothing…

… it’s a very relaxing place to wander around in, viewing the explosions of stunning aquatic colour, and the sudden dartings of schools of pretty fish…

… there’s a gift shop, with very affordable aquatic-themed art, and next to that I was pleasantly surprised to discover the entrance to a ‘nature walk’…

… which I found equally as delightful as the aquarium…

… a wonderful little micro-worlderness of flora and fauna.

The Apartments Again

I noticed, today, that ‘The Apartments‘ still exist…

… so I went and had another look. My experience this time was slightly different than the first time, 9 months ago. This time I couldn’t find the central lounge area I found last time, so the images are from some different locations…

… lot’s of lovely signage for backgrounds…

… rain constantly pouring down beyond the windows…

… the future beckoning.