Nudist sojourn in the wilds


I spotted the photo (above) on a naturist tumblr website, and was struck by the poem attached to it. I’m guessing that the photos date from a 1960s-70s naturist magazine, the source was uncredited, but it shows that naturism, long before ‘environmentalism’ or ‘green’ politics were in vogue, was attuned to the world of nature we just happen to rent space in for 70 odd years.

Close to the surging, beating heart of our Mother, the earth

I’ve been preaching this, on SL Naturist, for a considerable period of time and it looks like our spiritual parent and grandparent naturist forebears equally understood it.

The poem then goes on to say that not only is the earth our Mother and Father but equally we are its guardians as well.

Lupes nature 2

Lupes nature

Caring for your environment, your earth, is important. As naturists, we all have an obligation.


Our Flickr stream. In focus with Silje

Late last week I set up SL Naturist’s own Flickr photo stream. It’s one of those fortuitous SL moments where, unplanned, the timing is perfect, and its establishment appears to have coincided with our various staff members having time off over the Easter break and deciding to bombard me (in a nice way) with photos to put up on Flickr.

Unlike the blog, where contributors have free rein to publish their own stuff, I’m having to do the SLN Flickr stream by myself, quite simply because I’ve not worked out how to do group permissions regarding uploading just yet.

However, I’ve been able to get up the first in what I hope becomes a regular series, ‘In Focus’, wherein Hugh or Diane try to capture the essence of an avatar and maybe we can do a little ‘pen portrait’ of what makes them tick in (and out of) SL.

To see what I mean, go to an album featuring Silje on our Flickr page. By hovering over the text just below where it says In Focus:Silje at the top of the page it opens up a text page where Hugh tries to explain that Silje’s Dutch nationality, and the nation’s love of bikes and flowers helped him to ‘frame’ how Silje should look, to attempt to capture a little of her.

Clearly, we’re SL Naturist, so a readiness to appear au naturel goes with the territory, but as far as nudity goes, at least as far as Silje, a non-naturist, I believe, these are more ‘glamour’ than ‘naturist’ photos. As time goes on, this series should develop and as we’re often present at SL’s naturist events then it’s likely that the ‘In Focus’ series will be able to provide albums of SL’s naturist community.


The Dutch love their ‘bloemen & planten’. Silje, green-fingered in the greenhouse




I hope that I can find some way to permit others to upload their own stuff, as one of my concerns about ‘other social media’ has been realised, in that I’ve spent all morning dealing with the Flickr stream and not got ‘in world’. Hopefully that’s down to an immediate enthusiasm from our photographers, and the thing settles in due course. That said, I believe that the Flickr stream is a useful addition to SL Naturist’s work.

Credits: Photos by Hugh at the Matoluta Sanctuary