Tarrying at Tramore Bay in Second Life

Tranmore Bay; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrTramore Bay – click on any image for full size

Tramore Bay, the work of Pernilla (PernillaOhl) and Amelie Tautou (Amilee34) is once again evidence that you don’t need at entire region – Full or Homestead – to make a lasting impression in Second Life. Occupying the south-east corner of a Full region, Tranmore Bay is a compacts design, making full used of the space available to presents a highly photogenic and quite delightful cove-like environment in which to spend time.

That said, a visit begins, not within the cove itself, but high overhead, at the industrial / brewery chic Tramore Bar, where music can be enjoyed with a drink and game of darts or while cosying close to the fireplace.  Six teleport options are available on the wall next to the landing point (and a TP station in on the floor, the twin of several at ground level), each of which delivers visitors to an area of the cove at ground level. As all are within easy walking distance of one another, which you take to the ground isn’t that important – although the café is perhaps the most central.

Tranmore Bay; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrTramore Bay – click on any image for full size

The default windlight at ground level is a deep sunset, but this is a place where a rich variety of environmental settings can be used to create the ambience required of your pictures. As Caitlyn and I both felt we needed a break from winter’s snow and hints of winter, I selected a more late summer setting for the pictures here to add some further sensations of warmth.  The café is an old wooden structure, looking equally out to sea and inland. It’s and the rest of the cove lay protected by high rocky walls on three sides, with a view out over beach and sea to the south.

Woodlands border one side of the café , sitting in the lee of the cliffs and offering paths to wander and deer and horses to watch. Inland from the café is a music stage, with a path lurking in the shadows, offering a winding path up into the west cliffs. It is this path, and the one to the east of the land, which add further depth to the setting, allowing visitors to climb up between rocky shoulders to the flat cliff tops, then roam along the grass-covered rock to a camp site on the west cliffs or, by way of wooden bridge, to the chapel-like lighthouse keeping a watchful eye on things from a rocky island in the very south-east corner of the region.

Tranmore Bay; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrTramore Bay – click on any image for full size

The path to the lighthouse lies across a narrow body of water from the café , spanned by a rough bridge formed by the fallen trunks of trees. The path to it, like the one to the camp site, offers superb views over the land, particularly from the great rocky arch spanning the water to the lighthouse’s little perch. Also to be found on this side of the water, tucked under the cliffs, is an old ruin, the setting for outdoor dining, a little Romany camp close by.

Throughout all of this, there are charming little touches: the wild flowers; the snuggle posts on the beach and around camp fires; a scatter of art by Mistero Hifeng which add a unique feel to the setting; the sailing boat (privately owned) moored in the lee of cliffs and lighthouse island – and more besides. There are a couple of little rough spots in the landscaping where plants perhaps need to be phantom, or path sections don’t quite align, but these are more than compensated for by the sheer beauty of Tranmore Bay.

Tranmore Bay; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrTramore Bay – click on any image for full size

All told, this is a really delightful place to visit. Those interested in learning about music events at Tramore Bay can join the local group, photographers can enjoy the setting for their work, and explorers will find plenty to see and appreciate – and to offer reasons to tarry a while. Should you enjoy your visit, do please consider making a donation towards the enjoyment of Tranmore Bay by others via the tip jar up at the bar.

Tranmore Bay; Inara Pey, December 2017, on FlickrTramore Bay – click on any image for full size

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