The Last Dove

After seeing lots of pictures of this sim on Flickr, I added the Last Dove to my list of sims to visit.  As a resident of a very rural town, and a very rural state, in many ways, this sim feels like home.

You can almost smell the wood smoke and feel the dust coating your face as you travel across the bridge into the town proper.  I love how the building on the left has a large board propping up the signage/facade of the building – like you’re walking onto the set of an old spaghetti western.

I think this house/shack is one I pass on my way to work every day – including the chickens in the road I have to dodge.  -.-

We don’t have longhorns where I live, but we do have plenty of cows and bulls.  A long ago piece of advice I received:  If you find yourself in a field with a cow or a bull, and you don’t know the difference – run.  I don’t know if it’s true or not, but thankfully I’ve never had to worry about it.

There’s a lot to see at the Last Dove, so hit that tp button and go see for yourself.

Exploring Unconditional

Time is the one thing I always wish I had more of.  There never seems to be enough time in my day to accomplish all the things I want to get done.

I suppose I should be grateful that I have things I want to do on my list, rather than it being full of things I have to do.

There – that’s me, practicing gratitude.  😛

I did manage to carve out some time to head in to SL for some exploring.  I visited several places, but I always have more on my list.

One of the places I visited was Unconditional.

The sim is gorgeous and full of little hidden areas. I’ve seen pictures from it all over Flickr, so clearly lots of people find it as pretty as I did.

In some places, it reminded of home – I’d see this sort of thing traveling around the roads where I live. 

I think this is one of my favorite pictures of all those I’ve taken.

Of course, there are no beaches where I live, so I always find those areas fun to explore, since I can’t do that in real life.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in SL.  But be sure to stop by and give Unconditional a visit.  You won’t regret it.

Be Happy

I’m slowly getting back into SL and taking photos. I’m also slowly getting back into Photoshop and editing photos.  Sometimes, though, you get lucky.

Last week I was wandering around Yorkshire, a sim I have visited before.  Changes have been made, of course, so I went back to see what it was like now.

It’s still beautiful, though in a different way than previously.  Before, it was bleak and dark (but not in a depressing way).  Now it’s more light and sun and relaxation.

I do edit my photos, but I play around a lot with windlights and focal lengths and effects in-world as well.  And sometimes, I manage to find a combination that works.

I found this little scene in Yorkshire and was immediately enthralled.  I’m not sure why, because I’m not a pickup truck or outdoorsy girl.  But it spoke to me in some way, so I stopped to take some photos.

And I got lucky.

I’m thrilled with the way this photo came out.  So happy, in fact, that it is now my PC wallpaper.  I don’t care if any one else likes it – this photo makes me happy.  🙂

Exotic Beauty at PeTOu

I saw photos of PeTOu on several other photographer’s blogs, and it was so gorgeous I just had to go check it out for myself.

I am so glad I did. The sim is absolutely stunning.

Japanese Sim PetouThe trees and mist give the sim an ethereal quality.  There are a lot of little areas tucked in everywhere, so make sure when you visit that you take the time to wander around.

Japanese BridgesEverything is so calm and serene and peaceful.  I discovered these gorgeous bridges, hidden from sight around a bend in the path.

Wooden Water PumpNext to a small hut, I found this beautiful bamboo water well.

Japanese DragonThere are a couple of dragons to be found around the sim, including this fabulous specimen. The serpentine scales are so rich and detailed, as is the face of the statue.

PeTOu pagodaThis pagoda on top of the hill was my favorite area of the sim. The building itself is amazingly well-done, and the sim windlight perfectly complements it. I love all how the purples and pinks blend together.

Greek Island Bliss at Meraki

I saw some fabulous pictures of Meraki by Loverdag, and I just had to go and see for myself.

Greece is on my bucket list of places to visit (it’s long been a fascination of mine), so having the chance to visit virtually was a no-brainer.

Meraki HouseThere are a couple of different areas to explore, starting with this little residential neighborhood. I wish I could shop from a little market stand like this!

Meraki PicnicI found this little picnic area in a park behind the houses.  So picturesque – who wouldn’t want to sit and eat here while they stared out at the gorgeous water?

Turkish Cafe MerakiAs I wandered on, I came across this fantastic cafe build.  I love the paintings on the exterior. Standing by the rails, letting the salt spray hit your face, smelling the delicious aromas emanating from the cafe – pure heaven.

Meraki HouseThis gem was perched on top of a hill – another open-air cafe/bar where you can just sit, relax, and enjoy. I love the curves on the tops of the side walls.

Meraki RuinJust beyond the open-air cafe, I found this abandoned ruin. The roses growing up over the door just add to the sense of decay, as do the various rusted pieces scattered about.

There was a ton more to explore and see – so head on over to Meraki and check it out for yourself.

C’est La Vie

After a particularly frustrating day with the Destination Guide (with lots of places listed that no longer exist), I decided to try another tack to find new sims to photograph.

This new method led me to La Vie – a gorgeous sandy island that makes me dream of swinging in a hammock, cool breezes blowing while I catch up on my reading with a mint julep handy.

La Vie BeachI would love to live somewhere like this, wouldn’t you?

Everywhere I wandered I found seating areas, all with absolutely gorgeous views of the water.

La Vie BeachI can hear the water, the waves lapping gently at the shore while I relax and meditate.

La Vie Porch

The house had plenty of inviting spaces as well, including these lovely chaise lounges set up out on the patio.

The landscaping on this sim was so well done I am still in awe looking back at the photos.  The windlight was gorgeous and lent the whole island a feeling of peace and tranquility.

La Vie BicyclePlus, I found this adorable bicycle – who wouldn’t want to pedal around the island in this little beauty?!

If you’re looking for somewhere to relax or for some peace and quiet, this sim is just the spot.

Looking for Somewhere

I’m always looking for Somewhere, and this time I found it!

Somewhere is collection of several islands, each with a whimsical decor theme.

Pirate Island SomewhereI dubbed this one ‘Pirate Island.’  It doesn’t look as if the pirates had a terrific time here, especially since they appear to have left without their ship. 😛

Circus Island SomewhereNearby is ‘Circus Island,’ which looks like a much more fun place than Pirate Island.  There are several old circus cars, some with animals in them.

This island had lots of little nooks and crannies to explore, though of course the unicorns captured my immediate attention.

UnicornsIf you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous unicorns, there is more to explore.

Carnival WagonI’m not a huge fan of puppet shows, but I admit this one looked intriguing.  Unfortunately, I must have arrived after the show was over, because no one was there.

Fairy Tale Island SomewhereThis is ‘Fairy Tale Island.’  It just seemed a fitting name, given the Rapunzel-like tower that is so prominent.

Pea's Mattresses

I didn’t find Rapunzel, but I did find the Princess’ pile of mattresses, complete with pea underneath. 😀

Somewhere was a fun place to explore with lots of hidden areas to find.  In fact, when I arrived, the Princess was napping, but I managed to snap a pic after she awoke.