365 days of SL, day 90:
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I poked around one of the sims at Alikat's again last night — Sihasapa, which was already seen on day 67. This time, however, I stuck to its south border, which turned out to have a nice little beachy area.
There was a raft there that I got onto, and the above screenshot shows my view as I'm floating out towards the endless1 ocean. *s* I rather like how it shows a tilted horizon; not something that's normally possible in SL (in Firestorm, anyway; viewers intended for photographers may differ), but it can happen in mouselook2 if your avatar is posed/animated the right way. I think it makes for an interesting, dynamic effect.
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One of the first things I came across was this pair of deck chairs, situated between two large palm trees (complete with a cracked fallen coconut under the right one!), looking out at the sea and an old shipwreck. The palms made the area rather shady, but then, in a tropical area such as this, perhaps that's not such a bad thing. *s*
Speaking of shade, some of these shots are taken with Light/Shadows enabled, and others without — I often try both and then select whatever looks better. Much of SL isn't built with this in mind (for a pretty funny and surreal example, see day 77!), so enabling Light/Shadows can work, but it also may not, although it's usually the shadows that's the problem rather than the light.
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A bit further down the beach, there were a couple of towels and a parasol, another palm tree with a giant pink donut with sprinkles under it, and a pile dwelling in the background.
Wait. A giant pink donut with sprinkles?
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The shadow on the right edge of the picture is due to a raised cerulean platform with a swimming-pool sort of shower underneath it, BTW. I'm not sure what it was for, and I didn't take screenshots of it, I don't think. You'll have to go and take a look yourself if you want to see it.
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Of course I had to try it out. ^^ Don't you love my new boots? Say it! Say you love my new boots! >:)
In all seriousness, though — I later learned that this thing has a variety of different sit poses; if you click on it, you'll get a random one. It also turned out that quite a few of them are decidedly erotic, from playful ones to outright "fuck me" poses. Not that I mind. :P
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Heading on just a little further, beyond the pile dwelling, I found this little raft floating in the ocean. Yeah, that's the same one as in the first screenshot way up above!
The shore also had a poseball allowing you to go for a swim, BTW; a reasonably sophisticated one, even, allowing you to move around, dive, and switch to different swim styles. Pretty neat, and you don't need sLwim or so for it.
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Of course I got on the float to try it out; it was very nice, and quite floaty. It didn't move, but it slowly spun around — and just floating there out on the ocean was nice and relaxing.
I'm still not sure I'd put an open campfire on a float myself, even in a fire bowl, but then on SL, such things are entirely safe. :) Usually.
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There was a waterfall at the cliff behind the beach there, too, so after jumping back into the ocean and swimming back (only a couple of meters, fortunately), I decided to take a quick shower to get the salt out of my fur. MMMMmm — very nice and refreshing.
This area was still a bit bare, BTW; outside of the palm tree seen above, the raft and the waterfall, there wasn't much there. But then, pretty much everything in SL is a work in progress, with constant building and rebuilding, and you have to keep in mind that by and large, people are doing it in their own spare time, just for fun.
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One thing that I hadn't looked at yet was the pile dwelling — the screenshot isn't great, but the structure itself looked very nice; I particularly liked how realistic the roof seemed. It was also pretty empty, but I did find a sleeping bag up on the upper level, at least.
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Presumably the sleeping bag belonged to someone else, but I'm sure they wouldn't have minded me slipping in and snoozing for a bit. ^^ It really felt very relaxing, too; just a simple bag in an open structure on a warm night at a beach somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, with a light breeze carrying the scent of salt and sea, until finally the sun would wake you, and you'd spend another day lounging about, swimming, playing with your friends, eating fresh fruit and grilled fish and drinking clean spring water until the sun'd set and it'd be time to get into your sleeping bag again. What more could you need?
Ah, if only it were real. I'd love to take a vacation on a tropical island somewhere, like that; far away from the luxury hotels and resorts and pools, just simple life, without all the hustle and bustle, without technology, without worries.
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Anyhow, in the end, we met up again and lounged about on the float again while the sun was slowly setting. I'm still working on my tan here, too, although it looks like I've got a bit of a sunburn on my ass already — that, or it's still red from my last spanking. *blush*
Either way, it was a lovely day at the beach, and there still was no enemy action, either — nobody teleporting in suspiciously shortly after we got there. So given that, I think this will not have been my last visit.
Location: Sihasapa (115, 40, 21) etc. (Pixies' Creative Learning Environment)
Actually, there's just three empty spots on the grid, and after that you'd get to the Rosegardenia sim. But that's entirely theoretic, as you cannot cross into empty grid spots — you'd need at least a chain of void sims in between.
That is, first-person rather than third-person perspective.