So far…

Limitations

I went and had a look at ‘Limitations are Self-Imposed‘…

… this is kind of like the Tardis, small, but big…

… it’s a tiny, spectacularly colourful creation…

… where the colour suggests perspective…

… and depth…

… the silently wheeling birds are, somehow, very soothing…

… and the lines through the colour…

… add a sense of movement…

… as you will know if you are familiar with my peculiarities, I never read the ‘artists explanation’ stuff, I prefer to form my own impression without being told what I’m looking at… so I don’t know what this is all meant to mean, but my perception is that it is about space and movement, and a kind of distant tranquility.

Tilheyra

I visited ‘Tilheyra‘, today…

… it turned out to be a high end commercial rental operation masquerading as a photography destination in order to get exposure. If you are one of my few genuine followers, you will know that my number one hate is destinations that invite visitors, then continually threaten you with eviction when you unwittingly wonder onto unmarked, forbidden plots… this is one of those destinations…

… that being said, the sky here is fabulous… a science fiction sky, totally at odds with the conservative homes that are available for rent at eye-watering weekly fees…

… so, their exposure plot worked, but I don’t particularly recommend this place, mainly because I absolutely loath being regularly threatened with eviction on a sim that purports to be a place for people to freely explore.

Shared Environment

So, I returned to * La roseraie * and used the ‘Shared Environment’ windlight, which I’d accidentally not done, last time…

… I’m really pleased I did…

… this is a really pretty sim…

… the windlight here beautifully enhances all the gorgeous lighting effects…

… there’s wonderful colour everywhere, and lots of fantasial stuff…

… the creators have put a lot of love into this build, I think, and I think it is reflected in the feel of the place…

… perhaps it’s just all the Fae, here, creating the good vibes…

… but I think this place is really lovely…

… and I love the images I got with the correct lighting (:

* La roseraie *

Last evening, I visited ‘* La roseraie *‘…

… these kind of fantasial realms are one of my favourite destinations, though this little blue Fae came close to getting herself swatted with her ditzy persistence in buzzing around my head…

… I have noticed this flying whale making a reappearance in sims, lately… they became so ubiquitous a few years, back, that I actually put my own one in storage because she had become a bit cliched…

… but there were a few things here I’ve never seen, before, like some cute little animesh mermaids, and this quite dynamic sculpture…

… it wasn’t till I’d taken 20 or 30 photos, that I realised I’d left my windlight set to ‘mid day’. I switched to the ‘shared environment’ setting, which was very pretty, but totally different to ‘mid day’, and I couldn’t be bothered doing all those shots, again, so I’ll have to come back and do that, another day…

… besides, this setting looked pretty nice, too. For most of my time here, I could hear wonderful, slightly creepy, piano music, a kind of haunted version of ‘Greensleeves’, if sad, dead people ever did a cover of that piece… it was coming from a piano in some ruins…

… it put a kind of dark edge on what was otherwise a cutesy fairyland sort of setting, which was fine by me…

… I would have spent more time, here, but got booted out when they decided to re-set the sim, which is always a bit annoying. I might come back, though, and try the ‘shared environment’, next time.

The Pond

I visited ‘The Pond‘, last evening. The setting is simple and pretty, as though you have stepped into a children’s book…

… the waters of the pond are beautiful…

… with many aquatic creatures cruising about beneath its surface…

… I circumnavigated the pond. I met many friendly beasties along the way…

… and the zen-like simplicity of the natural environs is very soothing…

… like a lost summer from a Pink Floyd song…

… even though the theme here seems to be the enlargement of small things, it wasn’t till I saw this lost baseball that I suddenly felt like I was a character in ‘Land of the Giants’…

… but there were no evil, alternative universe scientists, just friendly little critters made big…

… I particularly liked all the big bugs…

… but also really enjoyed that ‘lost-summer-by-the-water’ feeling I got from the place.

RL Stuff

I set up a new exhibition, today…

… it’s called ‘RL Stuff‘…

… it’s composed of mostly organic, but some found ‘hard’ landscape images…

… its intention is to prove that ‘RL can be pretty, too’…

… it’s all RL images…

… that have been mildly manipulated in gorgeous Photoshop CS5 (:

Salt Water

When you arrive at the Salt Water landing point, you arrive in an extremely energetic downpour… more of a meteor shower, than rain…

… once you get off the platform you landed on, the intensity of the downpour eases…

… eventually you walk out of it, into the purple dusk. I’m not sure if this is the constant wind light here, or if I just arrived at dusk…

… but it was pretty…

… and made for some nice shots.

The Forgotten

When you visit ‘The Forgotten‘, you land in this magical swamp. It’s a no-fly build, so you have to follow the various walkways and fallen trees, to get around… be careful, you can fall off a tree and get stuck inside a rock (well, I did, anyway…) luckily, it’s one of those builds where, if you double click somewhere, you don’t get sent back to the landing area as punishment…

… the swamp is quite big and there’s lots to see, here, but it is, by no means, all there is to see! You need to find the pergola, with the arrows along it’s side, which will lead you…

… to an entirely different landscape…

… quite a big one, too, though every bit as magical as the swamp area…

… there is also plenty of wonderful stuff to discover here, too…

… I was really impressed with this build… the word ‘magnificent’ kept coming to mind, so I thought I would use it (back there)…

… I particularly liked this area… it put me in mind of the ‘barrow downs’, from the book, Lord of the Rings and, because it did, Bo Hansson’s ‘Fog on the Barrow Downs’ began playing in my head, because that is imbedded in the human’s mind, from reading the book and listening to that record as a teenager…

… but, I digress…

… there are wolves in Hansson’s music, too (:

Colours of India

I visited ‘Colours of India‘, last evening. My initial impression of the windlight was that it was quite sombre, but I soon realised that it was actually very pretty, designed to enhance the subtle, smoky hues of the whole build…

… which has a lovely, muted pastel palette…

… there are plenty of wonderful scenes, here, for photography…

… lots of interesting shapes and textures, especially in the little streets between the buildings…

… I actually spent quite a bit of time here, running out of time the first time, and having to come back that evening, but I wanted to find all the best little scenes…

… and, of course, I can’t post them all, but there are lots of beautiful little settings, here, for really interesting photographic backdrops…

… while I was here the second time, one of the creators, Vicki Absinthe, said hello to me, and we had a little chat. She told me this was her and her partners first build. I’ll be very interested to see what they create next, because they’ve done an excellent job, here, creating something that is refreshingly different to most SL destinations, as well as being just very pretty…

… the build isn’t huge…

… but it is rich in exotic detail. I found the dusky pink sky quite gorgeous, and an excellent counterpoint to the various textures and colours of the buildings…

… there are interior spaces to explore, too…

… this destination is well worth a visit (: