Photos from REN, an Island in Second Life Where the Flora Cycles Monthly to Follow the Seasons

Cloven Forest 7

Cajsa Lilliehook covers the best in virtual world screenshot art and digital painting

Noa Cloud is an extraordinary landscape photographer in Second Life. He also runs an art galley featured in the Destination Guide, his equally extraordinary sim, REN, where the flora are cycled monthly to follow the season’s bloom. I always love it when we get some fauna with the flora as in this “Cloven Forest” picture with a bunny casting a come-hither glance over the shoulder at the other bunny. This was taken at a sim that closed June 1st, alas. 

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Hydrangea Boat

“Hydrangea Boat” was taken at his home for which he, wisely, did not provide a landmark. While the boat is not leaking and filling with water, there is something Ophelia-like about the way it sits all flower-shrouded in the water.

REN Second Life sim

I love this picture and the composition details are excellent. Following the rule of odd numbers, there are seven posts in the water and three birds on the post. The shoreline and posts form a diagonal leading line and the ocean and sky function almost as vast white space. 

Noa Cloud’s stream is overflowing with beauty of the soft, romantic kind. His landscapes make me think of Wordsworth’s and the Romantics who glorified nature.  But that’s a Western association and perhaps there are poets from Japan who could better capture the beauty.  I like, for instance: 

no matter how long

I stare at hydrangeas —

pure blue

— By Makoto Ueda


All images copyright  Noa Cloud

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Cajsa Lilliehook is a sixteen year resident of Second Life, where she owned a photo studio, spent several years as a DJ at The Velvet, and for her first SL job, cleaned up prim trash. She co-founded and runs the It’s Only Fashion blog with her best friend Gidge Uriza. She also has a book review blog, Tonstant Weader Reviews and a cooking blog, Single Serving Recipes. She spends a lot of time researching and reporting on Republican sexual predators. In her first life, she is a retired grassroots leader who has worked for economic and social justice issues most of her life. She is also the minion of a cat named Nora. 

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