Exploring Netherwood

On a recent photography jaunt around SL, I came upon Netherwood.

The land description says, “Experience the natural beauty of Netherwood. Inspired by the picturesque English Lake District.”  Now, I’ve never been to the ‘picturesque English Lake District,’ but Anglophile that I am, I made a beeline for Netherwood. 😀

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I’ve confessed before that I am terrible about exploring and only after I am done, do I read all the notes you sometimes get when you arrive at a new place. In my defense, when you land and see something like this intriguing rail line, it’s hard not to start exploring.

Netherwood 2I loved the windlight, so I didn’t spend a lot of time faffing about with those for photos. I just started walking. There were little scenes and vignettes sprinkled liberally around the sim, and there was something to look at no matter where you turned.

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After following the rail line for a bit, it opened out into this lovely agrarian area, with animals and tractors and adorable little farmhouses. The imposing mountains in the background are just spectacular.

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There were lots of animals here, there, and everywhere.  Cows, horses, sheep, and these cute little goslings with their mother goose.

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Directly across from the farm was this fantastic stone bridge.  I love the ivy growing on the bridge.  According to the notecard from the sim creator (which I did read, eventually), she modeled the sim after the Lake District in the UK where she lives. If this is what she sees every morning, I’m so jealous.  It’s absolutely gorgeous.

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This little scene in front of one of the farm cottages is chock-full of nostalgia.  The mix of toys, the wagon, the worn suitcase on the porch – this could be the house my grandmother grew up in.  Warm, welcoming, and comforting all at the same time.

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One of my favorite things about my visit was the end – because of this.  I love it when there is a sense of mystery about a place.  Where do the tracks go?  What’s beyond the tunnel?  The only limit is your imagination.  🙂

Netherwood is absolutely stunning, and whether you are looking for a great place to take some photos or just relax for a spell, you won’t be disappointed.

Exploring the Crystal Gardens

I haven’t had much time lately to wander and take some photographs, so yesterday I just put everything else on hold and made time. 😀

During my explorations, I found the fabulous Crystal Gardens.

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I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for lighthouses – probably because we don’t have any where I live.  😛

There were a ton of areas to explore on this sim, and the landscaping was just gorgeous.
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I loved this view – the majestic mountains in the background (something else I don’t see much) and the hot air balloons floating gently above.

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The little thatched cottage and windmill are adorable, and I loved all the farm animals wandering around.

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I don’t know who made these rocking chairs, but I want one!  The scroll work on the arms and legs is so elegant and well done.

This is the sort of gazebo I would love to have but can’t, because I live somewhere that 30-50mph winds are pretty standard.  All this loveliness would be two states away after a stiff breeze. 😛

If you have a few minutes free, take a quick trip over to the Crystal Gardens and have a look-see.  It is truly enchanting.

Ocho Tango

Last week was a bumpy week for me in RL, so on Friday I sat down in front of the computer and spent some quiet time wandering from sim to sim.

I keep a list of places I’d like to visit and photograph, so my first stop was Ocho Tango.

I’ve seen other people’s photos of the place and I wanted to check it out for myself.

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I didn’t realize it was actually a dance club (where you can tango!), so there were a few couples dancing when I arrived.

I’ve no idea who this adorable couple was, but I couldn’t resist snapping a few pics while they danced. 🙂

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I generally try to keep to one windlight/filter when shooting, but this statue just screamed for something different. 😛

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I stumbled across this little guy while wandering around the area.  I love it when you find whimsical vignettes like these scattered around. It adds so much personality to the build.

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As I was about to leave, I stopped for one last look.  I found the tree in the distance perfectly framed by the gnarled tree in the foreground, and I had to take a photo.

Ocho Tango is a beautiful little area.  Take a few minutes out of your day and go do some exploring.  Be sure to take a friend so you can do some dancing while you’re there!

Pandora Box of Dreams

One of the picturesque sims I’ve visited recently is the Pandora Box of Dreams sim.

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I didn’t have as much time to wander around as I would have liked, but what I did see was absolutely lovely.

I’m wintered out, so it was a nice change of pace to find a sim that is decorated with beautiful fall colors.

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This tree house was my favorite.  I love how the trees are a bit gnarled and the staircase curls around the trunk up to the second floor.

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Not too far from the treehouse was this cute church building.  But instead of a church, it’s actually a library! Tons of bookshelves and books, and reading nooks everywhere – a book lover’s dream. 🙂

I’ll definitely be heading back when I have more time to wander around.

The Beauty of Vivaldi

A few days ago I was feeling the need to wander around SL and find some beautiful things to look at.

I came across Vivaldi in my travels.

The description says it’s ” the land of Four Seasons.”

There are different areas, including beaches, a forest, and a lovely snow-capped mountain.

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Usually when I visit a sim, I try to keep the windlight consistent, to give the photos a cohesive feel.

Vivaldi, though, just didn’t feel right that way.

I love the picturesque lighthouse on the rock promontory.

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There were all kinds of little hidden resting places.

I’ve always wanted a swing like this – to laze about during the summer and fall.

Alas, the weather where I live isn’t conducive to porch swings. 😦

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I love the look of this house, with the huge garage doors, the fountain out front, and the red tile roof.

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I would love to have a garden like this – to be able to sit and read outside.

Here, there’s always too much of something – too windy, too hot, too many bugs . . .

I did also visit Mount Shen, but crashed while setting up the pic, and ran out of time to go back.

Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful sim, full of lovely and relaxing spots.