A Focus on Portraits and Headshots at The Lost Unicorn Gallery
Stop by The Lost Unicorn Gallery and view a beautiful and captivating selection of portraits and headshots by 12 different amazing artists! From old world to vintage and western to fantasy, we have a mix of several different styles and themes on display covering the 1st floor. The pictures will be up through the month of June. Come enjoy!
Enter Enchantment’s Dark Academia Photo Contest!
Enter your pictures in this round of Enchantment’s Dark Academia! This theme celebrates the intersection of knowledge, art, and aesthetics in a Gothic context. Dark Academia fiction and aesthetics often explore themes of intellectualism, individualism, and the pursuit of knowledge, as well as the darker aspects of human nature, such as obsession, narcissism, and moral decay.
Think Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes and The Picture of Dorian Grey to name a few.
- Please enter your pictures based on the theme, DARK ACADEMIA
- You may submit up to 2 pictures
- Pictures may be raw, edited or photoshopped
- No nudity allowed (no private parts showing or sexual acts)
- Please submit pictures by 11:59pm SL time on Sunday, June 4.
- Submit to the Flickr group link below (labeled “contest entry”):
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL PICTURE “CONTEST ENTRY”
- Winners will be chosen based on originality, creativity and staying within the theme of the contest
PRIZES FOR ….
1ST PLACE: 5000L
2ND PLACE 3000L
3RD PLACE 1000L
The winning pictures will be displayed at The Lost Unicorn Gallery.
The Blake Sea in SecondLife
The Blake Sea contains hundreds and hundreds of open water SIMs. As of 2021, there are no adult regions located in or connected to the Blake Sea, but general and Moderate regions are available.
Please note, the Blake Sea changes quickly and often, but this article will focus on the mainland and private regions, which seldom change in region name. If there are corrections required, please contact Alexis Crisp in world. All maps and locations are based on popular opinion by other SecondLife residents, as well as my own.
- The Blake Sea contains 47 contiguous SIMs containing the label 'Blake Sea’. Some original residents would consider this area to only be the Blake Sea; however….
- The majority of SecondLife would also argue that the connected open water SIMs surrounding the Blake Sea would also be considered the Blake Sea, within (more or less) 20 SIMs from an originating ‘Blake Sea SIM’. In short, this would effectively mean the Blake Sea spreads as north as the Sunrise Islands Waterway (SIM: Foligno) and as South as (SIMs: Atanua, Hastwaite, Mokosha).
- Breaking things down further, we can make sense of this large area by dividing it into sub-regions: Central Blake, North Blake, East Blake, Southern Blake, Southwestern Blake and Western Blake.
CENTRAL BLAKE SEA
NORTH BLAKE SEA
o Location: Generally speaking, all of the Dire Strait, Sandcastle and stopping at the Sunrise Islands Waterway (SIM: Folingo). Examples: Neobelow, Triggerfish, Thorlaug, Dingercat, Rurik, Teffelaw + Many, many more.
o SIMs of Interest: Ahab's Haunt, Venrigalli (Cheerport Airport), Firespire (Cannery Cove Airport/Marina/Fire Dept.), Tails & Sim Tails (XD Yacht Club Marina), Port Victoria Isle (Flying Marina Yacht Club + Ashne Boat Slips).
o Other Notes: The North Blake Sea area is vast, but in compassion to Central Blake and Western Blake, is much quieter. Land values and rental prices decrease the more north you travel. You will find a variety of marinas and some airports here, but most land is residential or commercial (shops, etc.). Marina and rental lot sizes are typically larger the more north you travel.
EAST BLAKE SEA
o Location: With few exceptions, these are the private region estates that are connected to the mainland of Blake Sea, specifically from the Central Blake area. Some of this region overlaps with Central Blake (see map above 'Central Blake Sea'). All of these regions are located to the east of Central Blake, hence the designation, East Blake Sea.
o SIMs of Interest: Hollywood, Santa Catalina (Hollywood Airports), Osprey Ridge (Rainbow Sails Yacht Club), Sailors Rest (Fishers Island Yacht Club), Honah Lee Surf & Honah Lee Trudeau (Honah Lee Airports), Dutch Harbor (The Mesh Shop, Yacht Sales), Nantucket Yacht Club, SNO Terminal A (Second Norway Airport).
o Other Notes: The majority of East Blake contains private residences, although some notable marinas and airports exist here. Very few opportunities for commercial land are available here. Be careful with sailing and flying due to the higher volume of private residences. Expect to pay a premium for lands, hangars and boat slips in these areas due to their exceptional views. Generally, prim allotments are lower, but land sizes will be larger as most lands (not all) are homesteads with lesser capacities.
SOUTH / SOUTHERN BLAKE SEA
o Location: South or Southern Blake Sea is a small enclave located via passage through Montbard (right channel) and additional passage via the Terric Channel. This region overlaps slightly with Central Blake, which ends in Terric.
o SIMs of Interest: Mauxle Bureaux, Intrepide (Tiny Isle of Mist), Brilliant (Fairy Grove), Avignon (Janie's Landing Airport/Airfield), Montdidier (Le Messire Airfield)
o Other Notes: South Blake Sea is one of Blake Sea's quietest and most peaceful regions, with limited sailing and air traffic, it is largely private residences. Land prices as well as rental prices are generally low and very affordable, due to narrow passages to and from Central Blake, making it most suitable for low volume residential use.
SOUTHWEST / SOUTHWESTERN BLAKE SEA
o Location: The Southwestern side of Blake Sea is a small, but special area of Blake Sea which provides clear, extraordinary sunset views. The area includes Arabian Nights and Pirate Cove and stops abruptly in Atanua. Examples: Basilisk, Sialimonus + Many, many more.
o SIMs of Interest: Gunport, Kingpost, Tonar (Arabian Nights), Orlop (Pirate Cove), Aldergrove (Key West FL Airport),
o Other Notes: Due to its distance from Central Blake, Southwestern Blake is notably residential with few airports and marinas. The area is much quieter than Central or Western Blake and best suited for non-commercial use. Due to its beautiful sunset area, rental and land prices are generally higher and land sizes are much larger and more generously proportioned.
WESTERN BLAKE SEA
o Location: Western Blake Sea is by far the largest region within Blake Sea, and second busiest, close behind Central Blake Sea. Western Blake Sea covers the majority of Nautilus City as well as The North Channel, The South Channel, Bingo Strait, the Little Sea, Bacon Bay, 'Ocean', and the Outer Harbor. Examples: Ashuertus, Donohue, Vyzmanavin, Yuri, Brork + Many, many more.
o SIMs of Interest: Arianti (Half Moon Bay Regional Airport), Froog (Marina/Boat Slips), Boing & Airtoll Hill (Angels Airport/Marina N1), Pavran (Angels Airport/Marina E1), Tschotcke & Delchdork (Angels Airport/Marina W1), Ober (Angels Aiport S2), Blung (Diamond Air Field), Poob (Cova Restaurant).
o Other Notes: The majority of Western Blake is used for commercial or industrial use. There are numerous GTFO hubs, large-scale airports and marinas, as well as commercial stores (Nautlius City is heavily commercial). There are limited residences in these areas. Rental and land prices are generally the highest, second to that of Central Blake zones.
I hope this information is helpful. As a reminder, Crisp Estates has a large variety of Blake Sea properties available in almost all of these regions. Check our available listings to see what's available.
Happy sailing (and flying)!
Crisp Estates 1st Annual Fall Fling photos!
Thank you to all of our loyal residents & new friends for attending Crisp Estates' 1st Annual Fall Fling on September 23, 2021 at Hikuelo Cove. A special thank you to musical guests, Samm Qendra and our own co-owner, DJ Doc Darkside for providing the entertainment. Congratulations to the winners of more than L$ 15,000 worth of prizes! We can't wait to see you next year!
A very, very special thanks to Kee Jameson for taking these beautiful photos and for Infinity Games for donating L$ 10,000 worth of replay credits and helping to sponsor this event.
What is protected land and why is it important?
Whether you are a sailor, pilot, mermaid or just a lover of the open water and nature: protected land should be a requirement when you are searching for a new parcel. Protected lands are (typically) set up by the Lindens and allow you, as well as the general public to pass freely through them, most commonly with a sail boat or plane although flying and swimming these areas is popular as well. Often, Crisp Estates sets up protected lands to give additional room for sailing and/or scenery for our residents. Protected land is different from “sim edge” which is NOT protected land. SIM edge simply refers to land touching an undeveloped SIM, which could, at any time be spawned and ruin your view --- be weary companies advertising SIM edge lands as protected lands.
Protected lands are designed to stay constant and not change, as the general public cannot permanently REZ objects and the zone maintains a static appearance (an example is Blake Sea – Sirens). Some protected lands may be a simple waterway, a road, others are more extensive or complex, such as an entire ocean SIM, and even more rarely: hundreds and hundreds of linked ocean SIMs, such as the Blake Sea or Zindra Ocean. Along with being a beautiful feature of SecondLife for all to enjoy, they are incredibly rare and sought after. As such, these lands are not widely available for land companies to build near and when they are, many land companies charge higher weekly rental prices due to the ever-increasing costs of obtaining neighboring protected land parcels in these highly coveted areas.
How do you know when a land is protected? A simple way of checking is to (Firestorm) click on WORLD -> PARCEL DETAILS -> . Verify the land owner (example #1… Owner is Governor Linden, example #2 … Owner is Crisp Estates) and the parcel description (example #1… Description is Protected land, not for sale, example #2 Description is Not for rent, not for sale – open water). Be wary of locations that claim they are protected, but the parcel name or description does not reflect “Protected Land” in any. One example is abandoned land --- abandoned land is NOT protected land and can be claimed and built on at any time, by anyone.
Love protected, but don’t love paying sky-high rental prices? Us too! Try Crisp Estates --- we guarantee a fair weekly rental price, a superior customer service experience and a beautiful piece of protected land that you will absolutely love for weeks and years to come.