Location in the Spotlight: The Trace Too
This month I am happy to feature The Trace Too, one of the sims in SL that have seasonal changes and never disappoint – and also: it is very photographer/blogger friendly, so a good reason to ask owner/landscaper/decorator Kylie Jaxxon to tell us a bit more about her The Trace Too!
First of all I want to thank Kylie for taking the time for this interview and of course for creating The Trace Too for all of us to enjoy!
So, Kylie, could you, in a nutshell, tell us what the name The Trace Too means and/or why your sim is called that?
Kylie “By definition, a trace means, ” A path or trail that has been beaten out by the passage of animals or people.” This has always intrigued me: a little spit of land, densely forested, with a single trail running through, hence the naming of the sim”
“Peaceful, serene existance with sun, water, sand, bare feet and favorite companions. It’s something I’m working toward in real life! “- Kylie Jaxxon
And of course we also want to know a bit about the background of The Trace Too, how did it all start and what gave you the inspiration?
“I always found when I rented parcels, I never had enough prims, lol.” Kylie tells me, “So, I kept moving to larger and larger ones. Finally, I broke down and shared a full sim with Win Heron and she was so gracious in allowing me to do what I wanted, but I still felt limitations. I finally rented the homestead to fully do what inspired me.”
She continues, “My inspiration/ideas, on all the versions of The Trace, are places that I would want to live in RL…it’s just much cheaper to do in Second Life.”
Asked about her own favourite spot, Kylie didn’t need to think long “Since we are a seasonal changing sim, each time it’s different, but with the current one, I would have to say down on the beach with the waves & sounds. I only need to close my eyes, and it transports me to another time in my life.”
You are a generous sim-owner, allowing people to rezz their props, after they join the group. What are the costs and for how long can you rezz? Also…any anecdote or juicy stories about things you have found?
“No cost to join group and there is no time limit on rezz. Although I do go through most mornings and return items people have left behind” Kylie smiles “On one of the summer Trace, I had about a 400 prim allowance left, after I reopened to the public. I TP’ed in one day, and someone had rezzed their own little beach house, completely furnished, along one of the shores…used every available prim. She just set up house 😛”
So people can already rezz their props, but what if they have something special in mind for a photoshoot, is that possible?
“Yes. At any time, they can either contact myself or Elvira Kytori to make arrangements.”
Thank you so much Kylie! So, is there anything people should know when they visit?
Kylie says “That I hope they thoroughly enjoy the place and have fun. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing people enjoy, and their pictures, of The Trace.”
“A path or trail that has been beaten out by the passage of animals or people.” This has always intrigued me: a little spit of land, densely forested, with a single trail running through, hence the naming of the sim” – Kylie Jaxxon
So, at the end of this interview I had two more questions left..one is: Kylie, is there anything you want to add?
Kylie almost jumps up! “AN ANNOUNCEMENT” she tells me, in caps…” Sometime in 2014, I came across a wonderful rental sim! The design, landscape was so unique, I had to photograph it. And in doing so, I contacted the land owner to ask permission. That communcation brought me a friend to this day. Someone I admire for her skills, talent and most of all, her attention to detail (put the two of us together, and we spend days on the detail, lol.) She has a unique way of forming the land, an eye for it. A talent I don’t possess. I asked her to help me with my first summer Trace, and it has continued on through each season. Elvira Kytori and I will collaborate jointly with future projects of The Trace. With the current one, it is her inspiration/creativity, time & effort that has been rezzed. I just helped a little along the way 🙂 ”
Before I said goodbye to Kylie, I had one last request: her favourite photo she made herself, of The Trace Too.
After looking at her collection, she gave me this to show to you, and added “As soon as I set this pic up, I knew it’s how I wanted to spend my last days on earth. exactly like that. Peaceful, serene existance with sun, water, sand, bare feet and favorite companions. It’s something I’m working toward in real life!”
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Oh and for those wondering: Yes, I have used embedded images from Flickr that are not my own photos, is that okay to do?
Yes it is, as I have explained in this article about using Flickr, all the images embedded in this article had the permissions set so I could make direct links – and I did not upload them. I have, rather than taking my own pics (exception is the banner image, which is mine for technical reasons), used the wonderful photos already available on Flickr, they are superb, right?!