Diomita’s flickr account

After publishing my post about “Dya’s scent of the Caribbean” (read here)  Dya OHare asked me to share my pictures on flickr. The picture on this blog can be downloaded but I am aware that the quality isn’t very high. I had to downsize the pictures in order to limit my costs for WordPress and not to pay even more than I do pay right now. For this reason you also see mostly 4 pictures grouped to one picture in this blog. For more than 8 years I publish the full size pictures on my deviant Art account here and over the time I uploaded more than 11,000 pictures on deviant Art.

Nonetheless I decided to open a flickr account as well for the pictures of “Dya’s scent of the Caribbean”, and yesterday I added my pictures of “Elephants by Cica Ghost” (read here). Today I added my pictures of “A Favela” as well.

Flickr is limited to 1,000 pictures. I intend to publish mainly the pictures of my simploring tours on flickr and when I reach 1,000 pictures the older pictures will be deleted. The more kinky pictures of the diary entries will be published on my dA account only.

Here is the link to my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/188414948@N07/

SL Destinations by Annie Brightstar is back! :-)

Today, Thursday April 23rd, I had a look again at Annie Brightstar (anniebrightstar)’s scoop.it SL Destinations. And…. good news! The website is not only available again but Annie also started to upload links to newly published blogposts about new and old places in Second Life again. I had talked with Annie after she closed her website and thanked her for all the great work she had done for the community. If our conversation contributed to her decision to continue, that makes me even more happy.

Annie’s scoop.it SL Destinations had been is my first source for finding new places for quite some years. I could can get a first impression of many places without going through a long list of blogs. Thank you so much for all of your work over these almost 7 years, Annie. Your SL Destinations will be missed badly. I look forward scrolling through the entries of scoop.it SL Destinations again.

Many Thanks!
Diomita

SL Destinations by Annie Brightstar closed

Today, Saturday April 18th, I had a look at Annie Brightstar (anniebrightstar)’s scoop.it SL Destinations. I look it up almost daily. The first entry is from Annie herself: “Second Life Destinations started June 2013. It will NOT be updated after Satruday April 18th, 2020 when my subscription to Sccop.it is due for renewal. Thank you very much for all your support over the years. We have some wonderful travel bloggers in Second Life, please consider following them directly.

Annie’s scoop.it SL Destinations had been my first source for finding new places for quite some years. I could get a first impression of many places without going through a list of blogs. Thank you so much for all of your work over these almost 7 years, Annie. Your SL Destinations will be missed badly.

Many Thanks!
Diomita

Art in Second Life 2020 (19B) Michiel Bechir Galleries current exhibtions

At Michiel Bechir Galleries a new exhibtion was opened on Friday, April 10th. I went there on Saturday, April 11th. The exhibition features the work of Tresore Prada (tresore), Mélodie Heart (mariemadeleine38), Star (gossamerstar) on the 2nd floor and Michiel Bechir’s own art on the 1st floor. Unfortunately I didn’t find a notecard with more information about the artists, hence I have only some basic information.

Tresore Prada (tresore) is in SL since 2011. She writes about herself “I love SL because it allows me to explore, discover new parts of myself, be creative, connect and experience others. It enriches my life. I have found in photography and visual arts the perfect outlet for creativity.” At Michiel Bechir’s Galleries we see her pictures, that are related to peaceful fairy fantasy worlds. The floor of the room at the gallery is covered with grass and wildflowers, there’s a fountain and the opportunity to sit. This way you see the pictures in a fitting environment.

Tresore Prada (Tresore) at Michiel Bechir’s Galleries

Mélodie Heart (mariemadeleine38) is in SL since 2016. She has had several exhibtions also together with other artists in Second Life and her art work has messages – mostly realated to nature and evironmental issues: “This paper cut world will replace the world we live in once it will be worn out.” I haven’t seen this kind of art in Second Life yet but only in RL and I like it! The world map made up with pieces of paper, almost breaking apart dominates the room with her art. But look also at all the other paper cut work.

Mélodie Heart (mariemadeleine38) at Michiel Bechir’s Galleries

Star (gossamerstar) is Canadian and in Second Life since 2013. Star had a few exhibtions before. The art presented at Michiel Bechir Galleries fits a bit to the art of Mélodie Heart (mariemadeleine38), the floor of the room is also covered with green gras and there’s an Angel statue made of stone in the center of the room. The pictures itself are are also related to fantasy worlds yet a tiny bit less romantic (I wonder is there something like more or less romantic?)

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Star (gossamerstar) at Michiel Bechir’s Galleries

Michiel Bechir is quite a while in Second Life already (since 2007). Michiel art deals also with pictures taken within Second Life. He says about himself:
I have started my long virtual journey as a photographer in Second Life in 2009. First my main motivation was to share the richness of creations of all those different sims, with all their aspects. I discovered the options offered by several photo tools, which helped me to improve the shots I captured. By editing them I try to add a personal touch and feeling.
Michiel’s pictures are impressive as the processing makes them more colourful and highlights the beauty or the original picture.

Michiel Bechir’s own art at Michiel Bechir Galleries

Landmark to Michiel Bechir Galleries
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amarantha%20Island/80/70/3006

Art in Second Life 2020 (15) Wildflowers of The Prairie

Thursday, April 2nd, I went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA) to have a look what’s new. Some hives were still work in progress, but one new exhibition had just opened – Wildflowers of The Prairie by Thunda Masala.

You can grab a notecard with information about the artist and about the project before you step down into the “The Queen Bee Gallery” downstairs.

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (1)

Thunda Masala is a freelance photographer who lives in Iowa. He is also a molecular biologist. Thunda is drawn to the images of countryside because of the beauty and simplicity of  nature, landscape and livestock. Open spaces, dusty meandering roads, vast sky and gently rolling land of Iowa provide ample opportunity and satisfaction of capturing nature in its varied seasonal moods. Thunda also runs a blog about Second Life.

Thunda’s mission is to help preserving the praire. “More than 98% of the original prairie are lost to agriculture and industrial development. As such, this constitutes the largest devastation of any ecosystem on our planet. There are numerous efforts, both private and government-led , that intend to restore prairie- the land and its flora and fauna. However, these are minuscule efforts compared to what we have lost.
Wildflowers probably constitute the most obvious components of the prairie. Through these photographs of wildflowers, I hope to show what beauty they bring to the land and why we should try our best to preserve the gift of nature to protect the existing prairie and hopefully augment it.

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (2)

The exhibition at HEA shows a selection of great pictures of flowers and insects, close up pictures as well a whole meadows. The pictures really give a good impression of the beauty that comes with natures.
The pictures are arranged in a circle, the walls show a meadow, the ceiling is blue, the floor is earth-coloured and covered with different grasses, two deers stand hiding in higher grass and watch, some butterflies liven up the scene. In the center is a video screen where you can watch a video slideshow with more pictures from Thunda. At least I had to fumble a bit to get it running in Second Life as the meadow in front made clicking to agree to data protection rules almost impossible. But I managed it and view the video inworld. Alternatively you can watch it here or use the direct link provided below.

 

Thunda’s pictures are really impressive. I like the way they are presented in a room that provides a little feel of Pairie. What is certainly missing is the smell and the sound of insects. I enjoyed my short visit and it was educational in addition.
Thank you Thunda!

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (3)

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite its name, ‘Xeltentat Enterprises’ is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the Gallery. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling the exhibition “Wildflowers of The Prairie”

“Wildflowers of The Prairie” shall be opened until April 30th

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503
Video Wildflowers Of The Prairie TM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOyUFJLJGhk&feature=youtu.be
Thunda’s blog about Second Life
https://storiesfromsecondlife.wordpress.com

Happy New Year 2020 and some stats and findings about this blog (2019 in review)


In 2019 I succeeded again to have an entry for every day. Blogging daily is a challenge as there’re days with not that much to report. In addtion, I’m not able to write every day due to other obligations and vacation. Hence I always have some posts on stock and I try to pile up a few more, when I’m off for a few days.
In 2019 there were about 200 diary entries and 130 simploring reports. Over all the blog grew by 372 new posts bringing the total archive of this blog to 1,850 posts.
As taking pictures is one of my passions in SL and storage space is not free, I also changed the way I publish my pictures and grouped them to save space. When you click the pictures you can see them a bit larger. I also post the pictures on deviant art (Diomita Maurer at Deviant art). There you get the pictures in a higher resultion. In total I took more than 11,000 (!) pictures on Second Life in 2019.

In 2019 more than 13,000 people visited our blog compared to 10,000 in 2018 – more than 1,000 visitors per month! Just the number of clicks declined the first time since this blog exists from 53,000 in 2018 to 44,000 in 2019. In 2018 we had a few days with thousands of clicks (by only one person, I assume) resulting in an average of 5.3 clicks per visit. In 2019 each visitor made “only” 3.3 clicks.
The average daily clicks were quite stable in 2019 with 120 clicks a day. Most clicks came from the US (9,500), Germany (9,000) and the UK (2,900). The statistics show that in total people from over 130 (!) countries visited our blog. Also the number of followers increased to over 180! Many thanks to all friends, readers and followers.
Most found our blog coming from search engines (6,900), from Facebook (2,200), from scoop.it SL Destinations (1,250) (that’s from where I often pick my simploring destinations) and deviantart.com (1,500). Again not only the new blog entries attract readers, there’re also some “evergreens”. The Top 5 Posts in 2019 were

1. Enjoying Bondage June 2016 – June 2016 – 287 clicks – ranked 1st in 2018
2. Kara Bound – 280 clicks – April 2014 – also ranked 2nd in 2018
3. Simploring 2019 (121) A NYC Christmas – December 2019 – 217 clicks
4. The Victorian Corest Story – Part II – 178 clicks – March 2017 (written by slave Flo) – ranked 3rd in 2018
5. Simploring 2019 (49) HoPe – 147 clicks – April 2019

This blog contains a lot of memories for Mistress Jenny and me and for the people close to us in Second Life. It started as a little diary to keep up with all the things happening around us in Second Life and has grown with time. In the meanwhile I read back myself often to look up a date or to check if I came across a place already before. I introduced a new series in 2019, the “Backflash of the month”. In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers this series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives.

The diary entries became also more personal and you could follow how my submission to Mistress Jenny kept growing deeper and became natural for me, but you could also follow how much I enjoy to have her as my sub, as my property during my green lights. She’s still and will always be owned by me as well.

I still have fun writing and it’s my intention to continue daily, if I find the time for it. Considering how much of our free time in real life is spent in this virtual world it makes sense to keep the memories like you do in real life. The memories are real and they stay vivid and present this way.
That we attract so many readers who follow our ways in SL makes me happy and keeps me motivated.

Thanks again for reading and following my and our blog.
Have a great year 2020 in SL and in RL, stay healthy!
Diomita Maurer

Diary 2019 (199) December 26th/27th – Finally a green light again

Thursday, December 26th, Mistress and I met with slave Gwendi and Angelique in the afternoon and enjoyed some time together at Heavy Bondage Club. We chatted and exchanged about our Christmas activities. And we took Angelique to Extra Ordinairy, a shop for clothes,  where we got her Christmas presents. I went visting a gallery after Mistress had left to tend to her RL again. Our night was Chistmas-ish relaxed. Mistress and I were at Psi’s realm with Ann, slave Gwendi and slave Flo and later we went to Mesmerize Dungeon.

December 26th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Gwendi and Angelique at Heavy Bondage Club / with Angelique, Ann, slave Gwendi, slave Flo at Psi’s realm and at Mesmerize Dungeon

That night we had a particular fun. Mistress was wearing the tinkler, which is a bladder simulation for Second Life. In short it forces you to go peeing every once in a while. There’re addons that allow others to make you drink and even to force you peeing (which is embarrassing!). Angelique wears her timkler for several years now and Mistress made me wearing it permanently a few months ago. So now and in preparing of a green light that I was about to get the next day, Mistress wore a tinkler as well and she gave Angelique control over her and my tinkler. And Angelique had fun teasing Mistress and me. And that’s it about Wednesday.

Friday, December 27th, I met Mistress at club Domme a Domme in the afternoon. For me it was a particular date as I got permission for a green light from Mistress starting that day. I didn’t hesitate to exchange her collar with her slave collar and put her in a bind pose. Kitty was inworld shortly and joined us and we could exchange our Happy belated Christmas wishes personally. When Kitty had left, I leashed Mistress with her new nose ring and enjoyed just looking at her.

December 27th: Diomita with Mistress Jenny and Kitty at club Domme a Domme

And at night we had our regular Friday night party – with a funny theme “Come as you are, wear something comfy to shake off the kilos gained over Christmas” – and so we did! Mistress Jenny and I had fun with Angelique, Mistress and she dressed alike and we had some chat and banter playing each others role – funny!

December 27th – Friday Night party: Diomita and Mistress Jenny, Angelique, slave Flo, Robur (Roburion), Mistress Jenny and Angelique (upper row) / Virgo, Della Randt, Starbright Wingtips, Firefly (rmf361), papafox57, Jammy Serendipity (navanaxsacratus), slave Gwendi

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