Walsh County in November

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I revisited Walsh County, a homestead sim, this evening. It’s snowing, windy, and there’s a weather warning posted. There are accumulations of snow in some spots, different weather than when I snapped these photos last week.

There were pheasants near the landing.

The region is inspired by Walsh County, North Dakota. There’s a 30 minute autoreturn. On my first visit there were some friendly, rowdy young adult avatars buzzing around, such as one might find in a similar real life landscape

Now, there’s a layer of thin ice on the water by the big tree. The silly animations for flapping around like a duck are still available, and the geese are still not impressed.

Wanderlust Bench Art Park Sep – Oct

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by Kate Silver

It’s autumn season at Wanderlust Bench Art Park, a familiar outdoor setting, while once again some of the surrounding parcels are for sale or have changed ownership.

by Amy Inawe and Klaus Bereznyak

This photo showing Amy’s and Klaus’ art was taken before the land between the park and sea had a clothing store rezzed. While it currently the blocks the view, the building is a non-glowing, neutral texture that would make a good backdrop for murals or more art pieces.

by Quinn

The land for sale is large and expensive, and might attract someone with ambitious plans. Quinn, the park founder has recently renewed his Premium account, and so Wanderlust will continue.

by Elle Thorkveld and Veyot

There were several black and white studies in the mix this round.

by Wheedle and Klaus

Even with the new building so close, there’s a spacious, light feeling remaining.

by Pearl Grey

I enjoyed making another collage, and in the latter half of October I changed the texture to one with ghosts.

by Elle Thorkveld

The destination and event posters are checked regularly and updated. Most are for, but not limited to mainland destinations.

There’s still an open view of the sea from Wanderlust Cafe courtyard.

On exhibit inside the cafe are pieces of asemic writing by Klaus.

I’m displaying mixed media pieces on the ground floor of the gallery, while the floor above has graphic art by Minty Vanilla.

The tango club shown in the background remains quite active. The large wall in the left of the photo is on land for sale next to the road, and has since been removed.

The art will be refreshed for November and December: there’s another week to see the current art. All are welcome.

 

 

A Halloween Story in Serpentata

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Currently on exhibit through the end of October, is a graphic story set in Coniston, Sansara several Halloweens ago.

The parcel, Sunflowers and Hollyhocks, is open to the public. Located in Serpentata on The Atoll, the decor gives a nod to the Halloween season.

Every creature is friendly, and a brief visit is gentle on the nervous system.

The raven perched on the edge of the pool will greet you when clicked on.

Wishing you an amusing Halloween, and please stay safe.

 

 

Waiting for a Pod

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Waiting for a Pod in Serpentata

Real life and virtual life calls for resilience and hopefully graceful adaptation to change.

My learning of the suspended operations of the YavaScript Mainland Pod Tours was received from Inara Pey’s blog, and Second Life Newser, after I’d noticed chatter in the Pod Riders group. In the photo above I’m sitting by the road on a Linden bench in front of a newly constructed parcel in Serpentata that a friend and I are renting from Xiraz.

Waiting for a Pod in Rosieri

This weekend I’ve done a casual photo shoot of mainland parcels where I create spaces, almost always in collaboration with others, focusing on parcels on Pod routes. There is often seating near the road/tracks/water from which to leap up and jump into a passing Pod.

The Rosieri parcel belongs to a land group owned by Kate Silver.

Waiting for a Pod in Shipton

All these parcels were selected with travel in mind. The Mainland is where I first began to find value in, and also to feel more safe in the virtual world. Traveling on a route, I’d pick up landmarks to places that looked worth exploring, or I’d stand up and poke around immediately.  The Shipton Rest Area by the SLRR is owned by Vera Ruchames, and created by Klaus and me.

Waiting for a Pod in Jiminy

This route is in the snowlands on Amundsen Road. When we were alert enough, we could hop in a passing Pod from this distance. Sometimes we’d have to fly to catch up or teleport the other avatar. Fortunately, there’s a rez zone in front of this parcel.

It’s easier to type conversation when riding.

Waiting for a Pod in Aglia

Most of these favorite parcel locations were found while traveling via YavaScript Pod. Here, the trains were often noisy enough to hear them arriving in the area. Aglia Station is nearby, so we can still rez a trolley. Sometimes other avatars will catch a ride in trains we’re driving.

Waiting for a Pod in Hookton

For years the 2Girly Shop in Quentin was located close to the road where the background buildings in the above photo are now. There were two old rocking chairs out front. I’ve rented a tiny Markland parcel nearby, and rezzed two chairs. A notecard can be found in the telephone with landmarks to mainland destinations.

When collecting the pics for this “album” I was amused to see that a lovely fresco I’d  made several years ago has now been tagged.

Waiting for a Pod in Erzulie

Sure, we can still ride horses, or wearable or rezzed vehicles. I enjoy that, and sometimes it takes too much energy and attention.

Waiting for a Pod in Baddest

I love the mainland. As a friend has reminded me, not everyone wants to live on Bellisseria, and spend all their time in clubs or shopping. In my more cornered moments I would add or “dating”, or supporting the art careers of others non-reciprocally, or being distracted with Straw Men after expressing an opinion.

Waiting for a Pod in Sedge

When a topic of conversation would come to a natural end, it was fun to leap off this rooftop onto a passing Pod. There is a nearby YavaScript station that was operational on Friday, and I believe they will continue to be functioning.

Checking the land description on this parcel, there is evidence that the graffiti on the front of the villa, in a place we were unlikely to see it, has been there since July.  Exploring the Mainland this weekend, we noticed a quite a bit more tagging, and I hope this does not end badly.

Waiting for a Pod in Crameri

The Crameri parcel is a Markland rental where I set up a park on the ground and an exhibit of Hilma af Klint art in the sky. There were Pod routes going in both directions.

Walking through the Wandaland Port across the road in Alcis, I could sip champagne outdoors and wait for a boat going by in either direction.

Waiting for a Pod in Montara

The 512 plot under the Hooper Bridge had just been listed for sale as Kate Silver and I rode by in a boat. In addition to boats going by in both directions, there were routes on the bridge road just a few steps away.

Waiting for a Pod in Spini

There isn’t roadside seating on my small rental (Xiraz) in Spini, but vehicles can be rezzed on the parcels on both sides. I haven’t noticed the improvements in sim crossings yet; I’ve experienced substantial crashes and lag the last few days which might be my internet connection.

Waiting for a Pod In Wetas

I respect Yavanna Lianfair’s decision to choose her health first. As someone who lives with neurological and fatigue issues, I tend to believe in simply taking someone’s word for it when they say they need and want to take better care of their health.

The rental (Xiraz) in Wetas has a seat cushion near the road, as well as tai chi balls (transparent) in the yard.

Waiting for a Pod in Taeniatum

Elle Thorkveld’s Cultured Goats Gallery is close to the High Mountain Road in Taeniatum, one of my favorite roads for horse riding. And sometimes Pod riding. I exhibit some art there and Klaus and I have also set up a Last Drop Cafe.

Waiting for a Pod in Spike

Pod watching seating in Spike took a bit more work to construct. The vehicles would pause for the sim crossing in front, giving an avatar a few seconds more time to scramble.

Waiting for a Pod in Ambulyx

The boats would go by in one direction here, the direction where it was easier to notice them arriving.

I don’t multi-task well, and when I’m sitting and working on something I sometimes get incoming IMs in which the conversation takes some time to conclude. A pleasant solution is often to hop into a Pod to entertain the other part of my brain not involved in the chat.

Waiting for a Pod in Patagonia

Here we could drink and socialize, then go for a ride if we got restless.

Waiting for a Pod in Rosewood

In Rosewood the Pods would go by very fast and more often than other places, sometimes aiding an altered sense of time. There’s a coffee shop on the ground, and an art gallery in the sky exhibiting the works of Hedda Sterne and William H. Johnson. This land is rented from Markland.

Waiting for a Pod in Eschen

My friend and colleague Klaus and I created a small roadside park in Eschen for salsa dancing and hanging out. An avatar can currently walk down the hill over abandoned land to SH Tutti Creations gallery. It is a short ride to and from Rosewood.

This “album” of very current photos showing the importance of mainland traveling to my virtual life has 19 pictures! This is in addition to all the spaces made by friends, acquaintances, and strangers that I can arrive at by means other than via teleportation.

I’m unable to foresee when this will be resolved. I’ll continue to enjoy my favorite projects, engage with my good, kind friends, and explore the interesting, heart-warming and sometimes ridiculous parcels on the mainland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wanderlust Art Park ~ July and August

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The current exhibits at Wanderlust Bench Art Park continue through the end of the month. Zia Branner has a delightful selection of her artwork in the Wanderlust Cafe, and on the cafe rooftop.

The surrounding parcels have stabilized for the time being, and the cafe and park are a pleasant summer destination.

Owls watch over the outdoor dining area, including a digital art piece by Klaus, and a collage by Pearl Hyacinth.

One of my collages is exhibited next to a drawing by Wheedle in the park.

Colorful pieces are propped up against the wall – an animated digital piece by Amy Inawe, and a digital image containing an essay, by Klaus.

A photograph by Art Park owner Quinn, and a trompe l’oeil by Veyot are on the fence at the parcel border near the tango club.

All kindly visitors are welcome, and there is room for more art to be exhibited. Above from left to right are pieces by Klaus, Minty Vanilla, and Elle Thorkveld.

 

 

 

The Witch’s Brew Tea Rooms and Apothecary, Rosehaven Laudanum

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Located in Rosehaven Laudanum, The Witch’s Brew Tea Rooms and Apothecary is a very detailed and atmospheric establishment.

The Witch’s Brew Tea Rooms and Apothecary 1

Eden Heartsong is the proprietor.

“A friendly drop-in offering a wide selection of naughty bakes, wicked coffees and magical teas.

All welcome!”

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Tables and booth seating are available in the ground level tea room.

Outdoor seating is available near the back entrance.

The kitchen has all manner of interesting and necessary items.

The Apothecary and another Tea Room are upstairs.

 

 

Serinea’s Boat Dock and Visitor Center; Hikuelo

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Serinea’s Boat Dock and Visitor Center; Hikuelo

Hikuelo is a region in the continent of Sansara. Serinea’s Boat Dock and Visitor Center is a pleasant, minimalist build open to the public on the water with a 5 minute autoreturn.

It’s especially convenient for waiting, before setting off on an excursion with several avatars.

The Center is set up by Serinea Askold. The land description reads: “Visitors and suggestions welcome.”

The build is Pergola Pavillion by Abiss. Most of the parcels in the area are private residences, some of which have been here for a long time. Nearby is the SL Coast Guard, Hikuelo, and next to that is a wedding shop.

The Linden Road above to the right, is simply called Protected Land. It’s quite winding, looping around on itself with sometimes high hills to the side.

Nearby is another rez zone that will also let you access the road.

Scraps ~ Collage Art by Veyot at Montara Bridge Works Gallery

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Scraps is a series of collages made in the physical world by Veyot, and is on exhibit at Montara Bridge Works Gallery.

The abstract collages are made from scraps of junk mail, old calendars, magazines and newspapers. Veyot prefers to tear random shapes instead of carefully cutting around an object.

When I saw one of the collages on her Tumblr, I invited her to exhibit them July – September at the gallery.

 

Wanderlust Bench Art Park May – June

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It’s been a lovely spring season at the Art Park and Cafe next door. The Wanderlust Cafe courtyard has a collection of 3D pieces on display by various artists.

by Veyot

The park itself has a variety of media displayed.

by Pearl Grey

These pieces can still be seen through the end of this month.

by Wheedle,Klaus, Lil Mint

by Elle Thorkveld

by Quinn

by Amy Inawe, Klaus

by Lil Mint

Lil Mint has graphic art exhibited on the top floor of the gallery building next to Wanderlust Cafe.

by Zia Sophia

There are beautiful paintings by Zia Sophia in the cafe, and on the roof top. All kind avatars are welcome.

 

 

 

The Happy Hat, Mangyeong

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Well over a month ago I was traveling through the Chilbo area on Jeogeot with a friend. We came across three parcels owned by Rah Rehula.

The first parcel, closest to the road in the direction we were traveling was The Happy Hat. 

“See Rah’s latest hats! Kick back and enjoy…There are often changes to the sound, the scenery and the inventory to suit Rah’s mood ;-)”

I went inside the Hideki Forest Cabin, a build I really like, and found welcoming spaces plus Rah’s art.

I’ve very recently returned to make sure these parcels still exist, and noticed the differing windlights which aren’t evident in these photos.

Close to The Happy Hat is Movie Time. “A flick place.”

It has the amenities for watching media.

I was impressed with the variety of the animal kingdom on the properties.

There are rabbits, pygmy goats, and an animated great horned owl among other creatures.

This parcel is called The Home of Imagination. The shared environment light is lovely, and quite different than what is shown here.  When I took these photos around the end of April, I thought this light lovely.

“The Storyteller Manor became Rah’s home quite some time ago. Please enjoy time spent here. Relax. Meditate. Read. Write. Snap some photos. You may find some crazy stuff…”

I poked around in every nook and cranny and believe I didn’t miss anything.

I didn’t stay as long as that reader though.