~ 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 Forest, A Friend, A Tribute ~~

Through our journey in our Second Life, we meet so many avatars – some become close friends and many remain acquaintances.  Some we see daily, some we see occasionally and some we see on the rare occasion – perhaps at a social event.  As we lose touch with the avatars (and the people behind them), we are truly never certain why.  In some cases, we might be blessed to have found a friendship that crosses the boundaries of Second Life into our first life.  This is the case with Giancarlo Takacs and geko Stoop.  These two avatars crossed the boundary after geko had lived on Gian’s estate for a while truly contributing the success of his estate, and she visited Gian’s home country.  They moved from acquaintance to friend to business partner to confidantes.  Why, you might ask, am I sharing this?  Well, geko lost her battle with cancer in February 2010, and Gian lost his “baby sister”, his confidante.

After her passing, Gian decided that because this young lady was such an important person in his lives (second and first), he wanted to pay tribute in some manner.  geko touched so many in Second Life and Gian felt that a memorial set in the Costa Rica Sims Estate made perfect sense.  When geko was visiting real life Costa Rica, she toured beautiful forests.  After that tour, Gian has said that she was in ‘awe of the forests’ and found ‘her home”.  She stated she would love to live in a little cottage in a forest such as these.  Gian set to find the best creators to assist in his plan.  His friend, Maurice Messmer, joined him to turn the vision of this forest into Second Life “virtuality”.  Very quickly, this vision was realized and geko Stoop’s Memorial Forest was created on the Puntarenas 1 sim.  Others assisting Gian with making this forest “come to life” include Colleen Bracken, Jon Haskell, Moonde Magic, Felicity Sneerwell, Tunes Meness and Ub Yifu.

Entering geko Stoop's Memorial Forest on Puntarenas 1

geko Stoop, the "Lady Godiva of Second Life" - a statue by Ub Yifu

As you enter the forest’s landing point inside a little tin roofed shack, you will find the reason behind this memorial…  and from there you can explore paths beyond the beautiful statue by Ub Yifu of geko on her horse (which is how Gian first met his friend) and you will see beautiful flora and fauna.  The water features are outstanding with many waterfalls, a rushing river and a quiet spring-like area.  The elevation of this sim is great as well, with a tower you can also walk up into for an even better vantage point.  Be sure to cross the river on one of the swinging rope bridges and visit the shack at the top of the mountain where you can find out more how forests can help provide medicinal cures and other info.  Here you will also find that you can purchase a pair of beautiful blue butterflies created by Tunes Meness in memory of geko.  All proceeds from these will go to the American Cancer Society!  And keep in mind, there is a pavilion where you can bring a friend for a dance as it is outfitted with an in-tan system.

Waterfall Crashing into River

Water Features by the Trails

Fast Moving River Rushing Through the Forest

All in all, it is a nice way to spend a little time in Second Life.  To walk through and see the great attention to detail and just how this forest represents reality is rewarding.  Knowing that it originated to honor the memory of a young lady loved by so many is even more heart-warming.  Take a moment to reflect in the beauty of nature and remember those friends, both past and present, that are special to you.

The Shack - A Gathering Place Above the Forest

I hope you will take the time to visit another one of Second Life’s beautiful spots… and enjoy 🙂

‘Til Next Time…