Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tree Spirits

It was another magical  tour on the Hypergrid Safari last week. It started with a tree.

When I was small, almost before I had words to say, I could hear tree spirits whispering. I remember snuggling up in a cozy spot between the  roots of my favorite old beech tree, pressing my ear to it's trunk and listening. On windy days it would sing stories. Maybe I dreamed it. Not all trees spoke and the ones that did...I guess not everyone  heard them. It's been a long time since a tree spoke to me. I think Art Blue must have heard tree spirits sing when he was little. Maybe he still does.

Dream Forest was our first stop. Art gave us all our very own tree to plant and water and watch over. It takes a few days to grow one. When it is ready you can take it from the nursery region to the Dream Forest to plant it. I think Art said we should sit with it, dream with it. I may have dreamed that part. The Dream Forest was singing full volume and my imagination kept wandering  off with me.

I would have missed the next jump, but when you are on safari no explorers are left behind. Avia Bonne sent me the teleport and I woke from one dream into another.

Nina Camplin and Cataplexia Numbers
This was a land of castles and dragons. Calchester. Pretty cool. 

We were welcomed by Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz. Prax described what we'd find in Calchester and mentioned the water creatures. Water spirits speak to me too. I was camming out in search of Nessie when I found a giant turtle. 

I was gone.

Then I found Nessie.

When I came up for air I saw a flying dragon but couldn't catch it. It was time to go. Like  a child at play I was reluctant to leave. But more magic waited at the new jump.

 It started with a tree. 

Her name is Serene Jewel and the tree avatar was riveting. I was camming in to get pictures. She said you can get an avatar like that at Franco Grid, region Avatar.

 I know. I know. I've wandered down a side road here.

Back to the safari and region Ismadril built by Paislee Myrtle. I've seen Paislee's region artistry around Opensim before and it is always a feast for the senses and mind. I wanted to stand on that platform watch the water spilling over those falls forever.

Hypergrid Safari is a beautiful and wild ride. I enjoy getting to know my fellow travelers a little more each week. I love that there are new folks joining all the time.

The lesson learned this week--if you're on safari hang in thru crashes and beg/thumb a ride when you've crashed or gotten lost in a hop. Every stop is worth the re-logging and hopping back to join them.

One other thing I learned--I'm not the only one who hears the tree spirits sing.

~Nara Malone