A Playa of a different kind in Second Life

Playa Flamingo; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Playa Flamingo – click any image for full size

Playa Flamingo is a beautifully landscaped Homestead region designed by Marcus (Marcus68), which Caitlyn and I have dropped into a couple of times and been fascinated by its mix of picturesque landscaping and touches of whimsy.

Those familiar with the term “playa” might be expecting a desert-like environment, perhaps with a little water covering it; or maybe a beach-type location in keeping with the region’s physical world namesake in Costa Rica. Instead, what visitors find is a perfect island environment which packs an incredible about into it without ever once feeling crowded or overdone.

Playa Flamingo; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Playa Flamingo

Visitors arrive in a small business area on the westward side of the island, a comfortable gathering of business premises gathered along a cobbled road and around a fountain.  Bounded to the south by one of the broad bays cutting into the land, and to the west by the local beach, this offers two routes by which the rest of the island can be explored: north and east.

North takes you, by way of a large walled square, to the local railway line pointing the way eastwards. The first touch of whimsy is to be found here: a trio of Iakua Arriga’s little animals whiling away the time sitting at the side of the track. Follow the latter eastwards and it’ll take you past some old bungalows before turning inland and coming to an abrupt end above the shoreline of the island’s major inlet.

Playa Flamingo; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Playa Flamingo

A bridge spans the neck of the inlet to reach the east side, the headland there occupied by private property. However, the track beyond the bridge turns south, offering visitors the opportunity to wander down to a farm sitting on the south-eastern headland. This is overlooked by the Cyclopean eye of a lighthouse sitting on a rugged island  to the south, and reach by taking the eastward exit from the arrival point.

This route will take you, by way of a trailer park with just one occupant, down past the steps of  waterfalls tumbling from the rocky heart of the region, to the bank of the channel separating the islands, spanned by a bridge made from the trunks of two ancient trees, locked together as if shaking hands across the water.

Playa Flamingo; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Playa Flamingo

Here lies another touch of whimsy: large teacups sit on their saucers, floating on the misty water, offering visitors a place to sit and relax. Across the bridge, the steps up to the lighthouse take visitors past three tall turbines looking for all the world like giant children’s windmills, their sticks plunged into the ground. Just a little further around the curve of the channel, in the bay behind the landing point, sits a little gathering of rowing boats, some of which offer further places to sit and rest, huddled around an old fishing pier.

Playa Flamingo is another delight to explore and photograph, completed by a delicate ambient sound scape which further presents the region as a haven of tranquillity. Caught in a forever sunset, the region lends itself to almost any windlight setting you might happen to like, and it’s hard to find a camera angle which doesn’t lend itself to a snap or two. Should you enjoy your visit, please considered showing your appreciation by leaving a donation at the piggy bank by the landing point..

Playa Flamingo; Inara Pey, May 2016, on Flickr Playa Flamingo

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