A Glimpse of Enchanted Wonder



Reblogged from Through Owl’s Eyes Thank you to my talented friends, Owl Dragonash and Ceakay Ballyhoo for their kind invite and do check out Owl’s blog. She is an artist and a great promoter of the arts.

and a huge thank you to Inara Pey for the wonderful post on her great blog:  Art as Ethereal Beauty

..When it comes to the art of Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo), we are given not so much a window into a narrative, but a doorway into entire realms. Her work is, in a word ethereal; there is a beauty and depth to it which is magnificently and hauntingly moving – and you can can witness this for yourself at the meadow art area in Commune Utopia, where she has been invited to exhibit her work. She presents 15 pieces (16 if you count her enchanting bio giver) and as always, all are truly marvellous pieces. To enjoy them to the fullest, be sure to set your time of day to midnight….

Through Owl's eyes...


I am so excited to have Cybele Moon’s work at Commune Utopia.

Cybele or Hana creates a mythic portal with her photos and stories.

She draws you into a enchanted realm where you cannot help but find yourself in awe of this master storytellers art!

Saturday, July 22 – 12pm

@ Commune Utopia

GALA ART PARTY–all welcome!

“Cybele Moon aka Hana Hoobinoo or the

Dune Mouse, and “not always here or there”

loves to wander in all worlds.


“Cybele love stories.  She is drawn to both history and myth. “The Siren’s Bones” is inspired by the Celtic (and Icelandic) legend of the Selkie. “Tales of the Caravanserai” is based on travels through North Africa, and The Sacrifice of Smoke Jaguar is inspired by a journey through Central America.”

“In real life she photographs both dreamy landscapes and old stones, sometimes using an infrared camera. Her photos…

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Photographs or Screenshots?

Photographs or Screenshots?

( pop over and check out my latest photography adventures here at The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter)

I’ve read some wonderful posts and comments recently on this topic (see below). It makes for a thought provoking and imaginative discussion.  I belong to a few groups on Flickr who do not allow any SL screenshots and I’ve listened to some angry diatribes as to how SL photographers have taken over Flickr groups. I admit the number of SL groups on Flickr is quite prodigious, but a few of them like Blue Moon Gallery and Kultivate Magazine will take both virtual and RL photos and I post to both. So for those who know me as the Dune Mouse on The Runes of the Gatekeeper’s Daughter and the few who might know me from one of the virtual galleries..

I admit rl photography is my passion. But…

Art imitates life? A woodland in SL and one out back of my rl home.




what constitutes art? I love portraits and was quite pleased with my virtual “bean sidhe” Aiobhill, on left which was picked as “image of the day” on the Kultivate Magazine Blog.




Many virtual photographers, artists and sculptors have a brilliant eye for  light and design and often use the platform in more abstract ways to present concepts and ideas,whether social, spiritual or psychological.

Below is a virtual image from my story The Siren’s Bones (using a real girl in an sl setting), and the beautiful and fanciful watercolour build by rl artist Ceakay Ballyhoo who brought my “Tales of the Tuatha” to a virtual setting.




And, what about the builders! To me they are the true artists and story tellers. I’m paying homage to their talent when I take a “screenshot.” They use the pixel spaces to paint amazing and imaginative landscapes and their animated canvases allow others to enjoy and create stories of their own.  And thus the progression through time, of storytelling,  literature, art and movies culminates now in immersive virtual theater.

forests and temples of the imagination in all worlds




I love the storytelling aspect of the virtual world and the fantastical landscapes, though I am old fashioned.  I still like the tactile experience of holding a camera and venturing out into a more physical and full sensory event, like climbing old stone steps or feeling the wind on a forest path, which a virtual world cannot give me.

Creative editing is a separate project and it matters not where the picture originated. Visions become art and poetry.  I applaud the artists of Second Life and other virtual worlds. If an image moves me in any way or provokes a thought, I consider it art.

I would have loved to include the work  of others but out of respect for copyright do instead check out these great virtual art blogs and the thoughtful discussions and comments. Some of the machinima created by these same artists is amazing.





Check out my sidebar for just a few of the many virtual artists, builders, writers and

Story Tours in Voice

Story Tours in Voice

listen to the beautiful An Gaoth Aneas (The Wind from the South) and let it transport you

(The chieftains)

Sunday, May 21 at 11:00 AM SL time, step through the enchanted portal

Bring an umbrella, it always rains in Ireland
The Morrigan

Master in-voice story teller and published author in real life, Caledonia Skytower from Seanchai Library takes us for the second time on Niamh’s Journey (based on my Tales of the Tuatha..) through Ceakay Ballyhoo’s enchanting storybook landscape.

If you missed it before here is your opportunity to immerse yourself in a quest and adventure based on an old Irish legend and other Celtic tales.

There will be upcoming tours in voice in the summer but you can visit anytime and follow the story cards yourself as you walk through the sim.

Some comments left on the sim:

The Spring

“what a beautiful enchanting story”- A Blackrose

“Love the sim and the beautiful story”-R. Moonshadow

“Such a beautiful concept- thank you”- S. Juliesse

“As the waters swirled around her the salmon appeared again. It was then that she realized what was weighing her down. It was her dreams. She had not noticed how heavy and onerous they had become and now she was drowning in them!

Ceakay and Cybele- the creators

and on the Tales themselves ( on my main blog)

“A luminous reworking of the legend.” LV

“Beautifully poignant, wonderful imagery, you transported me to an enchanted land” AS

Come and enjoy the magic.

the way to Tir-na-nog

More posts about the Tuatha de danann: and here too







The full Tales of the Tuatha ( de danann) are found here


Background: For any who do not know the legend and story of Oisin (Ossian in Scottish)  you can find many interpretations and tellings of the tale. This is just my own fable told from another perspective, that of Niamh. It is said Oisin himself was the son of a great chieftain and a fairy. While out hunting he came across the beautiful sidhe, Niamh, and fell in love. He went back with her on a white horse to the land of enchantment, Tir-na-nog, where they danced and feasted every night and lived happily. As happy as he was, at some point he became homesick for his friends and family and wanted to see them one last time. Niamh begged him not to go back but he was determined, so she gave him a horse and told him he must not dismount or set his foot down on the ground for if he did he would never be able to return.  Back in the land of his birth he could not find his family or any of the familiar places and when the girth on his saddle broke he fell and accidentally set his foot down. At that moment the spell was broken and he became a very old man. He had not known that he had been away for more than 300 years.  It is said that St.Patrick found and baptized him after hearing his story.  Some tales state that Oisin did say that he would rather spend one day in fairyland than an eternity in heaven.

Salmon is associated with wisdom in Celtic myth

The Tuath(aDé Danann usually translated as “people(s)/tribe(s) of the goddess Dana or Danu“), also known by the earlier name Tuath Dé (“tribe of the gods”), are a supernatural race in Irish mythology. They are thought to represent the main deities of pre-Christian Gaelic Ireland.(Wikipedia)

The Tuath Dé dwell in the Otherworld but interact with humans and the human world. They supposedly arrived in Ireland in a floating mist. They are associated now with the fairies or sidhe.