Lately I have run into more and more sims where the landscaping includes huge mega prims that have photo realistic mountains located outside the sim borders. I am not entirely sure if I like these landscapes or not. On the one hand it gives a great feeling of distance that is hard to do any other way in Second Life. On the other hand I can't help but feel small and like I am on a movie set. In some way I feel like these sim surrounds make the environment feel less "real" and less "immersive" than landscapes created within the sim.
I probably should explore more sims that use this landscaping technique to great advantage. If you know of good places to check out please do let me know. I am interested in what other people think so please do comment if you have feelings about these sim surrounds one way or that other. Love them? Hate them? What do you think?