Byrd Island

Welcome to Byrd Island. Take a step back in time to explore this once inhabited island. The Light house keeper and his family left the island never to return. Could it have been the birds, or something else? Byrd Island is now open for tours.”

August 20: A visit to Byrd Island

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (1)

This is the landmark description of Byrd Island, which I came across following Inara Pey’s blog and her post “Byrd Island in Second Life“. Byrd Island is another creation of Sera Bellic, who owns LICK sim design, and she demonstrates her talent again. I had visited her “Adirondacks in Second Life” as well as her “LICK – Heaven or Hell” before in 2016.

August 20: A visit to Byrd Island (2)

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (2)

August 20: A visit to Byrd Island (3)

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (3)

When I arrived at Byrd Island it was foggy (using the windlight settings of the sim) and the atmosphere accordingly mystic. A swarm of seagulls welcomed me as well as some pelicans. As expected there’re many birds and even when you don’t see them by accident their sound is everywhere. I do like in particular the big wooden landing pier as it reminds me of my home RL. There’s one big difference to reality – in Second Life the pier isn’t covered with bird droppings.
At the pier, where you arrive is a little beach and the elevator to the high plateau of Byrd Island. You can use a rope ladder instead for getting there. I roamed around the Island and peeked into the buildings. The sim is beautiful, offers many views and places to sit and cuddle and is for sure worth a visit just to explore or to get some ideas for own sim designs.

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (4)

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (4)

As I had to stop my visit unexpectingly I returned later the same day to Byrd Island. The fog was gone and the atmosphere was different. I could smell summer and I tried out some of the places to chill or to hang around and to listen to the sounds of the birds. What a difference the sun can make!

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (5)

August 20th: A visit to Byrd Island (5)

Landmark to Byrd Island:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20Bay/44/186/31
Inara Pey’s blog:
https://modemworld.me/2016/08/20/byrd-island-in-second-life/

LICK – Heaven or Hell

What a title (!). Actually this post is not what you think it might be about. “Heaven or Hell” is a sim in Second Life. I found it browsing through the SL destination guide under the tag “Art”. The descrpiton doesn’t say that much “Has your fate been decided for you or will you decide? Choose wisely, choose carefully. And remember you can always check out but you can never leave. Turn your sounds up and get ready for the ride.”

July 23rd: Diomita visiting "Heaven or Hell"

July 23rd: Diomita visiting “Heaven or Hell”

At the landing point you have to decide to go to heaven or to hell. Btw. have you ever thought about why there is as stariway to heaven but a highway to hell? I like the text between the two doors “When you think of heaven and hell, you already have images in your meind of what you think it should look like. No right or wrong they are your images and these are mine“. Mine refers to Sera Bellic, who owns this sim and “LICK” sim design.  “LICK sim design offers complete sim/parcel design, landscaping and interior design. LICK is dedicated to creating beautiful, enchanting spaces for your home or business.” Back to my simploring. I decided to see hell first. For going to hell you step downstairs into a dark area, fire is everywhere, it looks very hot.

July 23rd: Diomita stepping down to hell

July 23rd: Diomita stepping down to hell

Walking around you see some dead bodies, some cages and some steam fountains erupting through the hot ground, the eternal fire of hell is around you. After a while I found the entrance to go further down to hell, a tunnel system that is connecting caves. Skeletons and skulls lie on the ground everywhere and dinosaur skeletons guard the entrances to the caves. You can hear screams every once in a while when your sound is turned up. Scary? Yes.

July 23rd: Diomita in hell

July 23rd: Diomita in hell

Ok, the hell did meet my expectations, my images and what I’ve been told about hell when I was a kid. But how will heaven look alike? Good news is, in Second Life you can see both :-).  So I stepped up from hell and went further upstairs to heaven. Heaven is a beautiful and peaceful place, an harmonic landscape.

July 23rd: On my way from hell to heaven

July 23rd: On my way from hell to heaven

July 23rd: Diomita in heaven

July 23rd: Diomita in heaven

Ok, the heaven did not meet exactly my expectations. I saw no angels and I didn’t hear plainchants and I didn’t walk on clouds. Shame! :-). But heaven in SL is still nice. I walked a bit around and found 2 spots that did make up with my expectations. Firstly I walked over a bridge build of violins and secondly I visited the only house in heaven and obviously the angels get their wings there.

July 23rd: Diomita walking over the bridge of violins

July 23rd: Diomita walking over the bridge of violins

July 23rd: Diomita selecting her wings :-)

July 23rd: Diomita selecting her wings 🙂

One last remark: I my imagination the word “LICK” can mean heaven sometimes *winks*

If you don’t want to go the “Heaven and Hell” yourself you can also watch a video from Andrew Carvin that is a bit lengthy though here. Thank you Sera Bellic for this piece of imagination of heaven and hell.

Landmark to “LICK – Heaven or Hell”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20Bay/12/145/61

 

The Adirondacks in Second Life

Diomita visiting the Adirondacks

Diomita visiting the Adirondacks

I found time for simploring again. This time Inara’s “Living in a Modemworld”-blog brought me to the Adirondacks. I’ve been there in RL and hence I was attracted by the title already. It is a demonstration region for Sera Bellic’s Lick Sim Designs. She writes about it “Experience the Adirondacks. Your gateway to endless fun. Come and sit a spell, take in the majestic views, experience the thrill of cliff diving and explore our many hidden spots to relax and visit with friends or cuddle with that special someone.”

Right when you land in the sim you’ll need to swim to get to the other shore to start exploring. Yet there’s not so much to see but nature, the forests and rocks. I walked around. It reminded me of hiking through the Adirondacks. The Region is very well made for those loving pure and lonesome nature. There’s not that much to do. You can sim, you can even try high diving from one ot the many rocks.

Diomita (yes, that's me in the picture) is high diving

Diomita (yes, that’s me in the picture) is high diving

Beside that enjoy the quietness and the views. You will find some places for camping and just for sitting and chatting (if you go with friends). If you join the Group you may rezz items for your pictures.

Dimita relaxing after high diving

Dimita relaxing after high diving

You will find a more detailled description in Inara’s blog “Experience the Adirondacks in Second Life” For those who love taking landscape pictures or seeking a timeout I can recommend the Adirondacks. Just don’t expect more that you’d expect from a visit in RL. Enjoy!

A quiet place embedded in nature: Experience the Adirondacks

A quiet place embedded in nature: Experience the Adirondacks

Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog:
http://modemworld.me/2016/02/05/experience-the-adirondacks-in-second-life/

Landmark “Experience the Adirondacks”:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oyster%20Bay/7/179/23