Simploring 2019 (65) Mystic Timbers

For my simploring tour on Friday, May 31st, I picked Mystic Timbers from scoop.it SL Destinations. Mystic Timbers is located in a full region rated adult. As far as I could find out, Mystic Timbers is owned by sol (solking).

According to the landmark description Mystic Timbers is in the English countryside. It has a bustling harbour, promenades and a narrow beach, there’re vibrant shops to persue at your leisure and there’s a gallery. Mystic Timbers is intended to be a place for photographers and bloggers or just to have fun and to enjoy the environment.

Mystic Timbers – overview

The landing point is in the town close to the harbour. Right next to the where you land is a teleporter board to access 6 different places, that are on skyplatforms. Also quite close to the landing point I found an office with a bit more information. Although Mystic Timbers is an adult sim, you should refrain from nakedness at least on the ground level. You can rent some of the houses at Mystic Timbers.

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (1) – around the landing point / the gallery

I decided to postpone a visit to the sky platforms and to explore the ground level first. I started with the gallery and had just a short look inside and at the current exhibition called “Winter and Kazrakk”. I postponed a more detailed visit to the gallery as well.

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (2) – the beach and the main street

I started my visit walking to the beach and I had a look at the 2 small beach houses. Then I walked along the main street of the town. It is quite picturesque and some of the shops are occupied. At the end of the street you reach a lovely park. In it’s center is a pond with some ducks, a swan and a swan boat. And of course there’re several spots to sit and enjoy. Close to the park is also a spot just for photographers where you could pose in front of decorated pieces of a ruin.

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (3) – around the park

At one edge of Mystic Timbers is a farm with all what you expect there, farmers market, a tractor, horses, a stall, a windmill, almost every farm background is available. Along the shore of Mystic Timbers you find various residential houses, from a small hut to a larger manor. As far as I checked none of those are furnished, hence I assume they might be available for rent.

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (4) – around the farm / residential houses

Quite outstanding is the large rotunda. From there you have a nice view on the lighthouse and and to the beach. A large and nicely decorated terrace invites to take a break and to enjoy. Inside of the rotunda is swimming pool that is used for sea plants. You can for sure spend some romantic time in the rotunda.

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (5) – residential house with another beach / the rotunda

What else? I saw the ruin of a gazebo and the chapel with a graveyard. I saw some hidden romantic spots to cuddle. I saw many backdrops for pictures. And I saw what seems to be an artists’ colony with  funny houses (one seems to be an old circus trailer).

Impressions of Mystic Timbers (6) – gazebo ruin / chapel / artists’ colony and a look up to the rotunda

Mystic Timbers is a quite varied sim that offers a bit of everything for photographers and for people who just like to enjoy a lovely picturesque environment. Thank you sol (solking) for providing the sim to the public! I enjoyed my visit and exploring it a lot.

P.S.: When this post was published I talked with sol who told me that actually a group of 9 People own Mystic Timbers. I asked for a list …. and here it is. Mystic Timbers is owned by: Graice (graice2), Soffy Ronwood, Elise Sirnah, Grace Sixpence, Morgan (morganmonroe1), Lofty Lemur, Bee (filipa emor), Silivren (Neida Rae) and sol (solking). Thank you all!

Landmark to Mystic Timbers
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/40/83/24
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/timbers/

Simploring 2019 (64) Binary Radiation at the Gallery La Serre

Sunday, June 9th, I visited the exhibition “Binary Radiation” at the gallery La Serre. The gallery La Serre is located at VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I came across across VeGeTaL PLaNeT during my visit to the latest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read Simploring 2019 (56) La Maison d’Aneli in May). VeGeTaL PLaNeT is created by Vroum Short, who was one of the artists presented in May at La Maison d’Aneli.

The exhibition “Binary Radiation” opened on Monday, June 10th and I visited before it opened. Aneli Abeyante, owner of La Maison d’Aneli, had sent an invitation for the opening to me. Aneli is also curating the gallery La Serre.

“Binary Radiation” by Nino Vichan at Gallery La Serre (1)

Binary Radiation is an installation by Nino Vichan. The walls of the gallery are covered with integrated circuits. In the center of the room are two projectors sending light beams to the opposite wall. The light beams consist partly of the digits 0 and 1. The silhouettes of humans seem to operate the projectors and they also seem to control a spherical device in each beam that constantly changes it form obviously following fractal rules.

The whole installation is full of light effects and the pictures I took can’t really express what you see when visiting in 3D. You will be caught in a world of 0’s and 1’s, literally diving into a binary world, caught by artificial intelligence? In which way you interpret Nino’s work is up to you. I was impressed by the effects and the countless different forms and circuits I could discover only for seconds before they were replaced again. It is also intriguing to take a closer look at the two silhouettes.

“Binary Radiation” by Nino Vichan at Gallery La Serre (2)

Aneli, who was present during my pre-opening visit, told me that Nino is Italian. He’s not only doing installation with light effect but also creates drawings and other forms of art. She gave me two links, one about “Desert Abstract“, a series of abstract images from 2014 that Nino made inspired by a visit to Nevada. The other link shows some of Nino’s drawings that were exhibited in Second Life in 2012.

“Binary Radiation” by Nino Vichan at Gallery La Serre (3)

Aneli also told me that she is going to move her “La Maison d’Aneli” to VeGeTaL PLaNeT. The first exhibition there will be opened mid of July.

Thank you Nino for this great and inspiring installation. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
Thank you Vroum for providing the gallery La Serre and thank you Aneli for curating the gallery.

Landmark to Gallery La Serre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/107/135/3502
Link to “Desert Abstract”
http://artedland.eu/?p=1740
Link to Nino Vichan’s drawings from 2012
https://thekarroleansblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/je-ne-vous-raconte-pas-mon-reveil.html

Simploring 2019 (63) Blaylock Island, where peaceful waters flow

Following Inara Pey’s blogpost “The waters of Blaylock Island in Second Life” I visited Blaylock Island, where peaceful water flow. This moderate homestead is owned and designed by Jaccy (Jaccaranda Jael) with the support of Magenta Silverfall and Tira Langur (Tira Yalin).

Blaylock Island overview / around the landing point

Close to the landing point is an inviting sign: “Welcome dear visitor. Everybody is welcome to explore our sim. Find our sealgroup near the ocean, wander trough the rainforest up to the hill, take a boat to feel the swamp … just have a great day. greetings Jaccy, Magy and Tira

Impressions of Blaylock Island (1)

Blaylock Island has a beautiful and varied design. Close and around the landing point you can enjoy the view on the sea of watch seals and seagulls. If you turn and look to the other side, there’re tall rocks with quite some waterfalls and a lot of vegetation – a rainforest.

Impressions of Blaylock Island (2)

The rainforest is fun to explore. I climbed up the stairs to one mountain, from where a zip line leads back to the beach and of course I tried the ride. I also found a rope that you can use to cross a bay. That was fun, although I really wasn’t dressed for it, but Second Life allows that *winks*
Of course it rains in the rainforest but there’re enough places to retreat under a roof or a rock and to sit dry and cosy. Apropos sitting, there are innumberable places to sit and cuddle at Baylock Island.

Impressions of Blaylock Island (3)

The two houses and the two houseboats are furnished and decorated with love for the detail. I saw no private and had a look inside. At several spots you can take a boat and use it to explore the Baylock Island by boat, getting a different view.

Impressions of Blaylock Island (4)

Blaylock Island is a perfect place to retreat and enjoy the beauty of Second Life, the nature and the peace. I like the design. Thank you Jaccy, Magy and Tira for creating and providing this magic place to the public

Landmark to Blaylock Island
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blaylock%20Island/74/144/23
Inara Pey’s blogpost “The waters of Blaylock Island in Second Life”
The waters of Blaylock Island in Second Life

Simploring 2019 (62) Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts

I picked a landmark from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour on Tuesday, May28th – Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts.

“Flights of Fantasy” at Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts (or shorter Deva’s GdBA) is located in a full region on mainland named Gerstle. It is housed in a large manor that looks like a museum. The rooms ar quite large. On the first floor there’re several rooms, the second floor is just one big room, that is used also for events and dancing.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: The Sirens – Jaz (Jessamine2108) / Wings- Saz Ninetails / Introduction “Flights of Fantasy” / Airship Pirate – SeleneLily Galicia

The art at Deva’s GdBA changes every 3months. The latest exhibition was opened on Sunday 26th May and is titled “Flights of Fantasy”. It features 22 pictures from 19 different artists: Leo Beverly (Leonorah Beverly), Razor Cure, SeleneLily Galicia, Gidgy (Gidgette Adagio), AmandaSue Hallison, Jaz (Jessamine2108), Wynn Klaar, Broderick Logan (brodericklogan), Ena Logan (enaroane), Tralala Loordes, Skye McLeod Fairywren (Skye Fairywren), Saz Ninetails, Doyle Slen (beastmcstien), Ulf Winterwolf (ulfnir winterwolf), Liz Winterstorm (tinliz), Petrushka Petrov, Rya Santana (smalldoll), Clive Yardley and Deva Westland herself.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Ice Is The Color – Doyle Slen (beastmcstien) / We elvish types… – Skye McLeod Fairywren (Skye Fairywren) / Whales – Clive Yardley / Flight of Silence – Liz Winterstorm (tinliz)

Welcome to Second Life … where you can grow wings and fly, where your legs can disappear in place of a tail. This is the place you can let your fantasies run, of fly free! This is the place where our only limitation is our imagination!” … is written on one wall of the the first room when you enter Deva’s GdBA and the current exhibition “Flights of Fantasy”

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Drone- Tralala Loordes / The Monolithic – Razor Cure / Futureproof – Ulf Winterwolf (ulfnir winterwolf) / From the Soil – Gidgy (Gidgette Adagio)

Of course all exhibited pictures are about fantasy. Each picture is presented with enough room, so you can step back and fully look at it. Next to each picture is a plate with the artitst name that contains a notecard with information about the artist, the exhibited picture and related links like flickr streams. Mainly Deva has written these notecards herself, some are written by the artists.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Stay lost with you – Ena Logan (enaroane) / The Power Of Books – Leo Beverly (Leonorah Beverly) / In The End – AmandaSue Hallison / In the dance of magic – Deva Westland

I didn’t come across any of these artists, maybe because I follow different passions in my Second Life. Nonetheless Deva succeeded to pull me a bit into fantasy worlds and to enjoy the different worlds. In the pictures itself and in the texts about them and about the artists I could feel the passion for fantasy of Deva and the other artists.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Time Is A Valuable Thing – Broderick Logan (brodericklogan) / Fallen – Wynn Klaar / Kingdom Come – Petrushka Petrov / Walking through the Dragon’s Realm – Rya Santana (smalldoll)

Close to the entrance are some slideshows titled Winter 2017 or Warmth 2018. I assume these sildeshows show the pictures of former exhibtions at Deva’s GdBA.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Nightmares – Deva Westland / more impressions of the gallery and of the current exhibition “Flight of Fantasy”

I enjoyed my visit to “Flights of Fantasy”, some pictures warmed my heart. Thank you Deva for curating the Galerie Des Beaux-Arts and for collecting all the information. I strongly recommend to read the notecards while looking at the the pictures as they provide the background or the intentions of the artists. And they provide the related links if you want to see more.

Landmark to Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gerstle/182/152/31
Deva Westland’s blog “DevaStatingSL – Opinionated travels through Second Life”
https://devastatingsl.wordpress.com/

Simploring 2019 (61) Killary

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, May 21st, I picked “Killary” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Killary is a moderate homestead owned by Morena Tully. I want to start this simploring tour with the text from the landmark’s description:
Inspired by the scenic, quiet beauty of Killary Fjord in Western Ireland. No pubs, no Intans, just simple, peaceful, irish nature. Unwind, relax. Take a picture or two. Please keep your clothes on, and don’t harass the sheep!

I visited Western Ireland myself a few years ago. The rough beauty in combination with the loneliness impressed me. During my visit it was cloudy and rained a bit which caused a very particular atmosphere.

Impressions of Western Ireland … Location of Killary Fjord

Morena’s description fit’s perfectly to what she created within Second Life. There’s almost nothing to explore or discover in Killary at first glance. Looking around at the landing point you see nothing but a meagre rough island, some hills, sheep, water and in the background a church spire. I began hiking and the peace of this place immediately warmed my heart. And there’s something to discover at second glance. There’re the ruins of a chapel and a stall, there’s the stone circle with a tree in the centre on the top of a hill, there’re a few places to sit and inhale the strange beauty of the place, there’re peacefully grazing sheeps, you can even see some ducks swimming.

Impressions of Killary (1) – around the landing point

At one end of Killary sits a lonely man looking out over the water. Morena also added 2 pieces of Bryn Oh, the Wasp Angel and a teddy. Clicking the teddy leads to a machima video of Bryn titled “Gretchen and Teddy“. In her profile you can read why these pieces of art are important for Morena:
I have such admiration for Bryn Oh, and her work. Things she has created have touched my SL in ways that can’t begin to be be described. She embodies the extreme end of the spectrum of what SL is meant to be, for me.”

Impressions of Killary (2) – the mediating man / Bryn Oh’s teddy and wasp angel

I also discovered 2 chests (I might not have found all of them), which contain questions to think about. I failed giving the right answer but the questions themselves give reason to think. I sat down at a few spots and enjoyed the peace. I think that the secret of Killary is that it is not overlaoded with many buildings or features or activities. The few things to discover and to do stand out way more this way.

Impressions of Killary (3) – enjoying the peace

Morena is in Second Life for over 13 years and she wrote in her profile that Killary might be the last sim she built, her retirement home, simple, minimalist and easy. She added: “Sometimes it’s ok for a place to be… just a place.
In her profile Morena Tully also wrote why she’s still in Second Life after all these years:
You would think after all the time I’ve been here, I’d be bored or burned out. It’s true I’ve mostly been there, done that, but each experience is new, every day is a different day, and I never know what will happen…. SL will always have new frontiers … Why would I ever want to leave?
That fits for me and my SL as well.

Impressions of Killary (4)

Thank you very much for sharing your place with the public, Morena. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Killary
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Buttercup/125/208/24
Gretchen and Teddy from Bryn Oh
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9i0ZAm6-uA

Simploring 2019 (60) Kun-Tei-Ner

In April 2019 I visited HoPe, a sunken city, giving us a picture of how the world might look like when humans have left (read Simploring 2019 (49) HoPe). HoPe was designed and created by Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni. Now Fred and Lotus opened a new place named “Kun-Tei-Ner“. The name sounds Asian but it is a play on the word container.

I came across Kun-Tei-Ner by reading Inara Pey’s blogpost “A water world in Second Life” and of course I had to visit. The landmark description gives an idea what Kun-Tei-Ner is about:
This is a place years ahead of us with no land. Humans have produced a lot of things…and many things are useless in some years. A city grows up on a huge mountain of containers filled with broken technological stuff, abandoned or fallen from ships.

Kun-Tei-Ner overview

Consequently the landing point is on a swimming container from where you can enter the artificial container city. I decided to get an overview first and swam to one of the observation ballons a bit aside from the city. I could climb up and had a nice view from up there.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (1) – around the landing point and view from the balloon

Kun-Tei-Ner is completely built on containers and with containers. The containers are used for living, for storing, for production, as stores, as restaurants, simply for everything. There are several container islands connected by steel bridges. Finding your way through the container jungle is difficult. I mostly followed the little arrows which indicate which way you can take without ending in a blind alley.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (2)

Several of the containers are furnished, some of them very detailed. There are a lot of possiblities to sit down and enjoy the view or to let your mind wander. And there is really a lot to discover. I spent more than a full hour exploring and I haven’t seen everything. Kun-Tei-Ner is getting it’s power from 3 big windmills and from a solar panels. Humans have rescued some pets, I saw a cat in one container. They rescued some plants and used them to make this water world a little bit green – you see ivy growing at the conatianer walls and some roofs are covered with grass.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (3)

But there’s still industry. What comes out of the tall smoke stack doesn’t look really healthy. There are pipes and other equipment that look like heavy industry. During my exploring tour I sat down in a pizza restaurant and I visited the food market which is on a seperate container island.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (4)

What else? Yes, the shark. There’s a huge shark with a nacelle circling over Kun-tei-Ner. I personally think it doesn’t fit as it is a fantasy element and the rest of Kun-Tei-Ner looks as if it could exist. But it can also be a blimp, so let’s assume that. What made me smile is that I saw two seals taking a bath in the sun on a swimming container. The big billboards are also something to have a second look at. One advertises Skype “connecting the world”. There are many little details to discover and I must have missed most of them.

Impressions of Kun-Tei-Ner (5)

Kun-Tei-Ner is a facinating place. It has a message and it is build with with a lot of creativity and love for the detail, it has wit, if offers places to sit and retreat, and it offers the opportunity for many hours of exploring. I did enjoy my visit a lot. Thank you Fred Hamilton (frecoi) and Lotus Mastroianni for providing Kun-Tei-Ner and for sharing it with the public!

According to Inara Pey’s blogpost Kun-Tei-Ner was opened on May 19th and might be available about a month. Hence you might visit better soon.

Landmark to Kun-Tei-Ner
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fallen%20Angel/112/182/23
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/kun-tei-ner/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A water world in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/05/24/kun-tei-ner-a-water-world-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (59) Missing Melody – May 2019

In January I visited Missing Melody (read Simploring 2019 (5) Missing Melody). When I saw posts and pictures about it on scoop.it SL Destinations recently I only recognized the name but not the sim itself, that has changed completely. Hence I decided to visit it again.

Missing Melody – May 2019 – overview and first impressions

Missing Melody is a moderate homestead owned by Bambi (norahbrent). The landmark description has changed as well as the whole design:
Missing Melody. Waking up to a new dawn. Smiling at the awaking sun humming a nostalgic tune. Missing Melody is a collaboration of best friends coming together to create something new. Dedicated with love to Conni. RIP

Impressions of Missing Melody – May 2019 (1)

In the center of Missing Melody is a row of 4 houses, a market with some stands, a cafe, some cars, a street and a promenade. Closeby is a large beach with a wooden pier that is home to a small fair. The whole setting looks quite Mediterrean. There’re 3 smaller islands. One seems to be a private home and I didn’t look inside.

Missing Melody is very picturesque and invites to stay, to take pictures, to enjoy a cafe, to have a closer look at all the details on the market, to sit and relax at the beach or to simply enjoy an hour in a little paradise.

Impressions of Missing Melody – May 2019 (2)

One of the three islands nearby is home for a gallery, Conni’s RIP gallery. Bambi writes about Conni and this gallery in her profile:
On the hill surrounded by flowers in bloom lays a country house safely watching over to Missing Melody. Conni’s house is now a gallery dedicated in her memory. Please feel free to visit. Look at her art, read the little memories her friends and loved ones shared. You can add your own memory in the guest book. The gallery will be the only thing that will remain as is in Missing Melody.

Impressions of Missing Melody – May 2019 (3)

Of course I visited the gallery. It is touching to read in the guest book and to see all the pictures. You can sense all the happy hours spent in Second Life. It is another way to keep the memories of this virtual world in our real life. The orginal landmark description from my first visit to Missing Melody back in January can now be found in Bambi’s profile and fits very well:
What is a Missing Melody? It’s that song in your head that you can’t get out but not sure how it really goes. It’s that temptation you want to have in your life so you can fight to resist. It’s that place in your heart that is always waiting to be filled.

Impressions of Conni’s RIP Gallery at Missing Melody

Missing Melody did conjure a smile on my face. I enjoyed my visit and I might visit again, just to enjoy. Thank you Bambi for creating this new sim and sharing it with the public.

Landmark to Missing Melody
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aftershock/87/128/33
Direct Landmark to Conni’s RIP gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Aftershock/186/169/23
Flickr page for Missing melody
https://www.flickr.com/groups/ohdeercafe/pool/

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