Each day you can admire the moon, the snow and the flowers.
(a Japanese proverb)
As winter arrives in the Northern Hemisphere in our real world, so it does in Second Life. Winter sims are popping up all over and the joy of the holidays are stirring up events and parties and fund raisers. In the midst of it all, a beautiful sim has opened. “Yuki No Yume.. Dream of Snow” is Jac Mornington’s latest development. Jac has always admired the Japanese winter scenes that he has found in images online, around creations in Second Life and has toyed with opening such a sim to the public for a few years. When his partner, Rie Silverfall, told him she would love to have a Japanese winter sim, Jac knew he could make it happen. He set out to find some very awesome landscaping pieces from Alex Bader, Kriss Lehmann, Nadine Reverie, Tobias Novi, Kendra Zaurak, and others. He then started setting things out. Playing with the design, looking up images online to help him set his vision of the Japanese landscape. He picked up some gorgeous builds from Van Auster and Ryusho Ort to bring the little homestead together. A waterfall falls into a stream which runs through the setting into a creek eddy turning in to a frozen lake where the beautiful Japanese red-crowned cranes play. The setting is serene, peaceful and beautifully put together. As you walk along the paths, you will see the movement of the water, the birds, and the other animals… and yes, you will feel that you have fallen in to truly natural existence of winter. Be sure to visit, the sim is open now and it is not to be missed.
One kind word can warm three winter months.
Amberly Petal Edition – Butterfly skin from Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Anime Eyes – Flower from Dead Apples by Soleil Reid
Dainty Black Lashes from Beetlebones by Suetabulous Yootz
Lili Hair in Onyx from D!va by Marisa Kira
Hairbase Tattoo from D!va by Marisa Kira
AvEnhance Hands – Casual – from Slink by Siddean Munro
Nail Enhancement – Musical Noir from Sol Existence by Sunshine Zhangsun
Furisode/Yashoubi (kimono) from Sweetaholic by Asalt Eames
Adorkable by Adorkable Peapod
Flowey by Flutter Memel
Marukin by Valencia Southard
Location: “Yuki No Yume” .. A Dream of Snow
Do you like a quiet, deserted beach for reflection, some surfing, maybe some conversation with a friend? Let me tell you about the newest one that I have found. Okay, I really didn’t just find it… I watched it being created from flat sim surface to this great, remote style beach. It is similar to the coastline of the Baja Peninsula and the creator has tagged the sim as “Baja Norte“.
Jac Mornington really strives to make a natural environment and Baja Norte is no exception. The beach is very multi-dimensional with the feeling of a windblown dunes with turtles coming up on the beach to nest as the waves lap against the shore. Jac has put in a boardwalk to allow access across the water to an out island with a look out area that is perfect for relaxation.
In the center of the beach, up on the rise, there is a beach shack offering a respite from the sun and heat. And just over the rise, you will find a fishing dock fully outfitted with a fishing boat or sailboat that you can jump in and take for a ride around the sim. It is a tight fit but you can fully glide across the water in either boat along the edges. Just watch out for the Maoli mesh surf waves that are rolling in. Jac has placed two different types of surf waves out. A fun low rumbling wave that is fairly realistic for many real life surf beaches, and a larger wave that crashes in as well. This adds to the natural environment as most surf breaks would have varying types of waves to experience.
While on Baja Norte, you will share the environment with a seal colony out by the lighthouse. Be sure to look out beyond the surf for the whales breaching and cavorting, it is very relaxing to watch the magnificent creatures roll through the water. The sounds of nature will surround you so be sure to have sounds on as well… and just enjoy your visit.
Jac has done it again with this sim; it is a beautiful spot for capturing pics, surfing, boating, and just relaxing. Visit Baja Norte soon, as we never know how long this beautiful sim will be around.
Have you been surfing in Second Life lately? So many sims have disappeared off the grid over the past few years, so you might be looking for a new location to shred some waves. Or maybe you’d like to try SL surfing for the first time. Whichever the reason, Carpe Diem Surf is a really pretty location to grab a board and get out there.
The owner of the sim, Valium (Vally) Lavender, wanted this sim to work well for surfers and be a great place to hang out. She enlisted the help of Jac Mornington to create a tropical surf break experience. Jac has created quite a few surf beaches and other natural sims in Second Life over the past years. He pulled together Carpe Diem Surf creating three home sites that are private and overlook the beach. On the beach, the center is public with a gorgeous waterfall area, a hang out shack, a place to buy a few boards. Out in the surf, Jac put in a little hang out island offering places to sit, dance, or relax in the water. The sim surrounds add depth and interest as well.
Carpe Diem Surf offers board rezzers so you can try an HP board, an SSi board or an LSD board. Once in the water, Vally has chosen to offer the Maoli Mesh waves which are beautiful and a fun ride.
Visit Carpe Diem Surf today… to enjoy one of the hang out areas, to take pics or to hit the waves! The sim is a full prim sim and you will find a lag free surfing experience.
p.s. Carpe Diem Surf allows entry only to those avatars that are age verified.