~ Metamorphosis ~

met·a·mor·pho·sis, the definition…

  1. change of physical form, structure, or substance especially by supernatural means  
  2. a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances
  3. a typically marked and more or less abrupt developmental change in the form or structure of an animal (as a butterfly or a frog) occurring subsequent to birth or hatching

Before The Metamorphosis Began...


So, a few weeks ago, Jac and I were discussing our sim, Sol Mañanero.  We were commenting on how much we enjoyed the natural planted areas and talked about some of our favorite spots – real life and Second Life.  As we were conversing, it became evident that another change was in the air for our sim.  Jac asked me “Do we really need a commercial area?”  I replied,  “Well, when we first moved here, it was not in my top 10 wishes, but it made sense at the time…so if we don’t need to have one, I’m good with eliminating it.”   So a little time goes by (hours), and it was decided…Sol Mañanero would get back to nature.  We would have a natural beach break, no commercial, lots of plants, water features, etc.    

Within just a few days, we removed all the shops and every other prim along the shoreline and all of the public area on the sim.  We (ok…Jac is the primary terraformer and planter) got to work and started re-creating our world.  This world was to be more personal to us, designed to provide a beautiful place for people to visit and enjoy while featuring what we enjoy.    

Sol Mañanero (May 2010)


Jac didn’t do much to disturb our home, just the grounds around it.  Rocks have become a more important part of Sol Mañanero and these have added so much depth.  The elevation of our home and other parts of the sim really seem to be better displayed with a rocky shore line and hillsides.  We now have a beautiful, wild, jungly area that reaches down near the shoreline.  We have new waterfalls, and enhanced river and streams.  There are trails to follow so that you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature including flora and fauna.  Butterflies, hummingbirds, herons, egrets, seagulls, and cormorants are all to be found near the beach and water areas.  We have put in a stables with a beautiful green grass meadow up on one of the higher elevations, as well (my major contribution was creating the stable from parts of our home) .    

Sol Stables


Sol Mañanero still offers an awesome surf break with the surf waves on the sim to the west (Playa Sol Mañanero) and if you love to dive, we still have a great area for diving as well, just under the waves.  On our main sim, you will find a few sweet little places to curl up and relax or even float in the water by the primary/central falls.  You can walk the trails and explore a bit.  The Sol Stables are reached by walking along the southern water’s edge to the most east side and then up the switch back trail.  Here you will find our llamas grazing with our horses.  Feel free to bring your own horse or if you peek into the stables, you will see that we have horses available as well. Our horses accommodate both one or two avatars.  Back down near the central waterfall nearest our entry point, we offer a kayak rezzer just down the trail.  Here you can rez either a single or double kayak and head out to explore the sims via water, so very peaceful. Truly our sim is great for an activity-filled date or outing – surfing, diving, kayaking, horseback riding, walking and relaxing – all perfect for that time spent with a friend!    

Sol Mañanero Beach (May 2010)


River Through Sol Mañanero


The Central Falls of Sol Mañanero


Birds at the Falls


Kayaks in the Stream


Kayaking Around The Southern Shoreline


We had a little “open house” party on April 25th to show off what Jac had gotten done by then, but every day … there is a change he shows me and a few that I can show him.  I can not tell you how much I’ve loved this metamorphosis … it is breath-taking in so many ways.  This is our home…Sol Mañanero…and this just simply fits us…for now *smiles*  

You should visit… and see the changes.  When you do, be sure to let us know what you think!  

’til next time, keep exploring and finding the beauty of Second Life!    


Invitation to Sol Mañanero

Originally uploaded by °•♫•°:.Sunshine.:°•♫•°

~❀~❤~❀~ Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet,
and the winds long to play with your hair. ~Kahlil Gibran ~❀~❤~❀~

We have made quite a few changes to Sol Mañanero and we want to share these with you. We still offer surfing and diving, but also have nature trails, more waterfalls, and canoeing. It is a beautiful spot to relax and listen to the sounds of nature.

Join us on Sunday, April 25th at 7pm SLT for an Open House on Sol Mañanero. Celebrate the end of Earth Day weekend with us as DJ Azufr3 Catteneo provides the sounds and we party by the pool!

Dress up in your best JUNGLE attire and get ready to have fun!

Before you arrive, please set your environment to Region Default ( World>Environment settings>Revert to Region Default ) When you arrive, give yourself a few minutes to rez. Then follow the path of lights… through the wild beach and up to our home.

We look forward to seeing you on Sol Mañanero!!

Jac Mornington and Sunshine Zhangsun

~~A Little Surf, A Little Scuba – Our Shops on Sol Mañanero Surf~~

Along with the our three awesome merchants, Jac also has a couple of shops within our plaza at Sol Mañanero Surf.  We have changed things up a few times over the past eight plus months, and currently, we have the Sol Mañanero Surf Shop and the Sol Scuba shops open to provide the gear for two activities we enjoy in Second Life.

The Sol Mañanero Surf Shop!


In our surf shop, Jac carries Surf Systems Inc. (SSI) scripted surfboards designed by Analog Jun, Sebastian Saramago (SSI)  and Reaction.  The boards by Analog and Sebastian are long boards, which is the most popular length adn what most all new surfers start with.  The Reaction boards are shorties and perfect for pipelines… if you are an avid surfer, you should have one of each in your inventory!  Jac also has boards scripted and designed High Performance Designs (Leogarto Burt) for sale as well.  Our pet monkey hangs out in the surf shop keeping busy while waxing one of Jac’s boards on top of the counter.  Don’t hesitate to stop in and take a look!  


Sol Scuba Shop at Sol Mañanero Surf


Jac just reopened the scuba shop a month ago…and offers diving gear created by HEPS.  We have a good selection from the basic to the full avatar ready for a deep diving adventure!  The vendors in the shop also contain fish and other items that can get your own dive area started under your own waters.  If you plan on diving  more than once anywhere in Second Life, be sure to splurge for your own gear so that you don’t have to look for a rental kiosk at your fave diving location!   

The Shopping Plaza of Sol Mañanero Surf


Also along our plaza, Second Life photographer/artist/surfer, Bobbi Laval displays some of her art for sale. Come by and take a stroll to see the beautiful pieces she has to offer.  Every once in a while, you might even drop in to find Jac streaming some of his favorite tunes or subjecting me to the newest mixes in his music inventory while I dance alongside.    So stop on by, shop a bit, surf a little, or dive to the depths…or maybe just sit a spell and enjoy the sounds of the surf.  You are always welcome so feel free to join us any time on Sol Mañanero Surf.   

’til next time… happy surfing, shopping, diving and exploring!