365 days of SL, day 69:
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I'm often entirely sure what to take screenshots of lately; between fatigue, having to get up early all the time etc., I'm still not really back into my normal routine SL, and as a result, we often neither explore nor do anything interesting (or do anything at all) back at the ranch.
Yesterday, I decided to pop out for a bit to get something. My initial plan was to get a screenshot of Black Gazza, either the entire station or part of it (like this), using the telephoto effect that timberwoof showed me recently (as seen on day 66); but going back far enough to get a good view is difficult, even if you set your draw distance to the maximum of 1024 meters, and there's so much unfinished cruft next to the station that you'd have to spend half an hour derendering it all one-by-one before you could even think about taking a good-looking shot. (And you'd better not make a mistake, because there is no way to selectively re-render things in Firestorm: it's all or nothing, baby.)
So instead, I visited Jeogeot Bay again since that's such a cornucopia of interesting locations. *s* We already saw the volcano on the island in Ichelus on day 31; it turns out that there is a jumping board above the crater, so if you're feeling brave, you can take a running jump and dive into the molten lava there. (I didn't.)
The volcano really is quite active, too: in addition to flowing laval, you get lava fountains, thick plumes of black smoke, and the occasional bomb. Alas, I wasn't able to get good screenshots of any of that: the ones that had these things all have me at or near the center. (SL automatically puts you in the center if you tumble the camera around yourself, which is not optimal when you're trying to take photos and (semi-)obeying the rule of thirds and the like.) But you still get a nice picture of me sitting on the board cast in a deep crimson glow from the lava below.
BTW, this is one of the few areas – nay, the ONLY area – I've encountered so far that has damage enabled, too. Most areas of SL (safe for those specifically intended for combat) are damge-less; the volcano, however, can and WILL damage you and eventually kill you. Dying in SL doesn't mean anything other than that you're sent home, so it's not a big deal, but it does make the whole thing feel a lot more realistic when you're actually being cooked alive while standing there right next to a roiling inferno of molten rock, instead of just shrugging it off nonchalantly with an "eh, whatever".
Give it a try for yourself, it's fun. :)
EDIT: Actually, a week or two ago, another fur who appears to have given up LJ for good and I talked about a trip of his to Hawaii elsewhere, and he said:
The best part by far was hiking out to an active lava flow. They don't normally let people do that since it can be pretty dangerous, but we were able to pull some stings as geology students and get permission go do it. We got close enough to the flow that we could (and did) grab chunks of molten lava with our rock hammers to keep as souvenirs. My backpack also caught fire from the intense heat but the damage was minor and it was completely worth it. The whole trip was sort of a once in a lifetime thing and I'm still thrilled that I got to do it, it was just amazing.
So there you have it! :) Just don't try this at home...
Location: Ichelus (161, 134, 73)