I was led to Just Another Tequilla Sunrise by Kate Bergdorf, who mentioned it in her blog recently. A homestead region, it is currently painted in rich autumnal colours which make it an absolute delight to visit on these (for those of us in the UK at least), damp and dreary days.
The work of SL photographer Arol Lightfoot, the region’s name is a perfect reflection of its look and feel under the default windlight (although I admittedly used others when taking my own snaps). Photographers are warmly invited to explore and take pictures, and Arol has created a Flickr group where images can be shared, if people wish.
For those who explore SL a lot, there are a number of familiar motifs here – the offshore lighthouse, the craggy upthrust of a rocky plateau, the low-laying lands broken by bodies of water, the sweeping white curve of a beach… Which is not to say that Just Another Tequila Sunrise is in any way derivative; quite the reverse in fact. In a world where people are limited in how they can take an island 256 metres on a side and blend it into the surrounding sea, it is inevitable that regions come to share familiar elements while still retaining their own individuality from one another.
More than this, however, is the fact that such familiar elements within individual region designs help to give a feeling of continuity as one travels through SL. When encountered, they can help make individual islands feel as if they are different elements of the same country or coastline, rather than being individual places, more-or-less standing on their own.
Two areas of habitation mark the island. On the west sits a small farm, the ribbon of a lake reaching almost to the front door of the house. To the east, and built out over one of the two beaches, sits a wooden pier topped by a sun-bleached house. Between them the low-lying grasslands offer plenty of space to wander, with places for individuals, couples and groups to sit and enjoy the surroundings. Bridges, both stone and wooden, allow easy passage over the water, and a path cut into the rock guides those so minded to the top of the southern plateau.
With the sounds of nature throughout and birds wheeling overhead, Just Another Tequila Sunrise is, as noted above, an absolute delight to visit, and guaranteed to brighten the dreariest of days. Highly recommended.
- Just Another Tequila Sunrise (Rated: Moderate)