365 days of SL, day 161:
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The above is an example of mountains in SL that actually look good — when I arrived in this sim, my first thought that they were an exceptionally well-done1 example of textured (mega)prims serving as a backdrop, but it turned out that they were actually genuinely modelled (prims, that is; they're not terrain). The shadows etc. on them are part of the texture.
In case you're curious, BTW, you can get these on on the SL marketplace; this particular model was called "SIM SURROUND Mountains (5) V3.0". They're apparently pretty expensive (some items in the store go up to 15,000 L$), but if you're already owning a private island sim, it's pocket change compared to what you'll be paying for THAT.
I invite everyone to take a look at the sim to check them out for yourself, BTW. They're still nicer in reality (as it were) than in the above screenshot. And there's planes in them thar hills, for those who like those. :)
All this was in a skybox, BTW, and later on we went down to the surface of the sim (using a little bit of cage-fu, since teleporting would drop you in the skybox again); there wasn't much there safe for an empty school building and a beach, but we had fun nonetheless. The school had one furnished room that we briefly checked out (and the furniture included a chair made from a stack of hotcakes, another example of the bizarre-yet-tasty food-based design that seems surprisingly commmon in SL); after that, we rezzed a couple of beach towels and basked in the sun on the warm sand:
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As you can see, one of the beach towels is of the magic carpet variety, BTW. ♪ Why don't you come with me, little girl, on a magic carpet ride? ♫
Location: Mille feuille (210, 59, 2491)
- Literally that, too: exceptional in that it was well-done, since most of these actually look pretty poor in practice.