One of the places I had been meaning to visit and explore, after seeing many wonderful images on Flickr,  is Kate Bergdorfs North.

In the mood for some exploring and taking pictures, I headed over to North this evening and ended up spending almost two hours there!

What is North and what is it like? Upon arrival you will receive a notecard with the following explanation:

Inspired by the raw and serene Scandinavian and Scottish northern landscapes, nature, fauna, ocean, vast empty spaces, and decrepit old buildings come together to make up the outside part of North. I intentionally opposed the rugged sim exterior with softer, more playful and cluttered interior spaces in order to create a contrast. I hope you will be as inspired when visiting North as I was when putting it together.
~Kate Bergdorf

North - I

There is not much I can add to this, as it is exactly that. A wonderful place, filled with lovely details (if you take the time, you will see new things everywhere), but without giving it an overdecorated feel.

North - II

North is perfect for photography – be it landscapes, home and decor or fashion-shoots. I recommend you go and experience it, it’s worth it!

Slurl to North
North Flickrgroup
Kate Bergdorf

North - IV

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Last week I was given an invitation by Virus Melody, to come over to Secret Hideout – which he created with his partner Angel Melody (angeleyes.roxley). The note promised a sim with lots of photo-opportunities and exploration, as well as a place to find a nice spot to relax with a date or friend.

It turned out to be all true! Secret Hideout is a lovely destination, for anyone who enjoys a well decorated sim, with great buildings, nature and yeah: the many spots to sit down and relax!

Secret Hideout - II

The opening party was last night, I sadly missed that due to RL events, but now the sim is open to the public and all are welcome! If you go visit, and you will!, make sure you add your pictures to the Secret hideout Flickr Group, and consider leaving a donation in one of the tip-jars – as we all know a sim is an expensive hobby and supporting sim-owners will keep destinations alive for all of us to enjoy!

Secret Hideout - I

As a bonus, please check out Virus’ website, as a DJ he provides lots of music-stations, which you can use in Second Life!

SLurl to Secret Hideout


On 23rd July, Huckleberry Hax passed the Paper Crown on to me and to be honest I was not sure if I would be able to do the Crown justice. Specially after seeing pics of previous Kings and Queens and Huck’s way in particular – he wrote a poem, a story, that made me want to see his next line every day.

I felt honoured, of course, and found a way to incorporate the Crown in my images – not so much in my regular Second Life, but it was only for a month and a wonderful journey! Those of you following my Flickr have seen I did a daily picture, depicting a song about Queen or King. OK, I have missed a few days – due to Real Life obligations – but in the end I have made 30 images, 28 of them accompanied by a song of music piece. (The two pics missing a song are one from the Passing of the Crown and one of me partying on my Rezzday)

I’ve created a playlist, in order of publication on Flickr, of all the songs – mostly for myself, but I thought I would share it anyway:

Playlist [Paper Crown] August 2017 – Caitlin Tobias
(yes, the playlist contains 27 songs – instead of 28 – since one of them “Queen of Peace by Florence and the Machine is not available on YouTube, I have used a link to Vevo)

And also, this image is a link to my album on Flickr with all the pictures:

Paper Crown

Tomorrow I will pass the Paper Crown on to the next King or Queen, who that is…just watch Flickr and you will find out!

For now, I will post the last work of my reign and will return to a Second Life as a civilian again. I am looking forward to that too!

Cheers to A New King/Queen!

[Paper Crown] - Time for a new QueenKing


Savor Serenity is a brandnew sim, owned and decorated by the talented Tári Zephira (gidgette.adagio) and it will open to the public on 1 september. I was honoured and delighted getting a preview access!

Savor Serenity - I

Tári – who is also the owner of Hobbiton – has done an amazing job in creating this fantasy world, a place fit for a queen! And elves! Well, and really a place everyone else should visit once it is open. I loved the details and overall ambiance – the pictures I took are all taken with the regional windlight, which is perfect as is.

Savor Serenity - III

I am sure Savor Serenity will become a favourite for Second Life Photographers with a passion for fantasy and those who enjoy elegant landscaping and decor!

If you go there and take pictures, do not forget to add them to the Savor Serenity Flickr group. Donation mushrooms are available to leave a tip, to help Tári keeping this place up and running for all of us to enjoy!

Savor Serenity - IV

Speaking of Flickr…I will add my pictures to the Flickr group soon – but only after I have passed the Paper Crown to the next Queen/King!

[Paper Crown] - Queen of the Woods

[Paper Crown] – Queen of the Woods


It is a lot of fun to come up with pictures for my Paper Crown series, and everyday I am looking forward to think of something.

The past week though I have been too busy in Real Life and have not had the time to log in, so there is a bit of a gap in my series.

The best reason of all is, I have a big heart…and a big house…and there was room in my heart for another love. Which I found in a most gorgeous, precious girl who now lives with us.

Her name is Poppy and she is 8 weeks old:

 

Poppy 9-aug-2017

You know what is better than a Jack Russell Terrier? TWO Jack Russell Terriers!

Chuck is still getting used to his new baby sister, things are hectic, noisy, messy and time is needed to get it all working out well – but I have confidence that they will be best buddies at some point.

Two Jacks and a Queen. Happiness!

 


You cannot have missed the news that Sansar has finally opened, though as Beta, for everyone to visit. I must say I have never been too excited and anxious about its coming, but of course I was curious.

And last night I finally had the time to download the viewer and hop into this new virtual world everyone is talking about!

Sansar - Teatime by Sway Dench

Teatime by Sway Dench

It is not one world, but more a (growing) collections of worlds called ‘experiences’. It would be unfair to compare it to Second Life, but I tend to do that anyway – as I am so used to navigating through SL and taking pictures without having to think about my keyboard and which keys to use. So in that respect I found Sansar not that easy.

The avatars look ..meh…but all that aside: the experiences I have visited so far are really awesome and very photogenic. Yes, I miss the camera controls and there is no option to change the environment settings (no windlight), but for now that’s fine. The graphics are amazing, no blurry textures, no rezzing for minutes, no disappearing mesh in the distance, it all looks flawless.

Sansar - Connections by Cica Ghost

Sansar – Connections by Cica Ghost

And quiet. I have not met or seen any other avatar, perhaps I was in the wrong places or it is simply not that busy yet. I did not mind, to be honest, it was nice to fiddle around in peace and quiet and finding out how to walk properly.  Sitting or other animations, I have not discovered them yet!

To my delight, yes, it made me smile!, I visited ‘Village of Breeze’ by Kayle Matzerath – a place I have such fond memories of, as it is the recreation of Breeze – Kayle’s sim from the Fantasy Faire 2016!

Sansar - Village of Breeze by Kayle Matzerath

Sansar – Village of Breeze by Kayle Matzerath

And here is Breeze from the Fantasy Faire 2016:

Fantasy Faire 2016 - Breeze - I - Blogpost

I am sure I will go back, to see what is going on and how experiences are getting better – for now it is a great place to take screenshots and have a different kind of experience, but I was happy to log back in to Second Life, it felt like coming home!

What other bloggers write about Sansar:
Inara Pey – Tips and Tricks
Huckleberry Hax – Sansar is here
Hamlet Au – Sansar, first impressions

Useful links:
Sansar official site
Sansar on Twitter
Sansar Flickr group

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Last night King Huckleberry Hax,  who has reigned the past month as Paper Crown King, passed on the crown to me. OMG. I am a Queen now!

The ceremony of the Passing of the Paper Crown was in a small setting, rather intimate and sweet. Well, OK. Huck showed up with music, wearing a (fullbright, flexy prim!) cloak and it took him quite a while to finally hand over the crown to me, including a speech with lots of  bigly and important words. It was a very special night!

Paper Crown Passing

Many thanks to Kate Bergdorf, Mich Michaboo and Huck, for trusting me with the Paper Crown for a month and welcoming me as the Queen!

The coming month, during my reign, all my images on my Flickr feed must include and show the Paper Crown, a very fun challenge! I hope you will enjoy my photos, I’ve posted two sofar, and recommend you take a look at Huck’s story  – as he did an amazing job!

and leave our planet charred

[Paper Crown] - Dreaming Of The Queen