If you’re a lover of the hills (or ‘fells’ if the Lake District is your patch) you probably have at least one picture of a favourite place hanging on your walls, and possibly several.
These may be photographic prints, modern or heritage. They could be prints from etchings, either black and white or coloured. Maybe you have some original watercolours or oils, or high quality giclee prints.
There are so many alternatives. If you’re a real enthusiast you might even have all of these, but I wonder, do you have a map on your wall?
I’m not thinking just now of a standard contour map on paper. Nor am I thinking of a vintage map etching. No, I’m referring to a three dimensional raised relief map, one on which the mountains stand out to give a physical picture of the ‘shape’ of the landscape.
Yes, such raised relief maps are available. Here on this site we show several – the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Snowdonia and more. The illustration at the top of this article is of a 3d raised relief map of the British Isles. Just think how good one of these would look on your wall. Or do you have a friend or family member who would just love one?Here’s the Snowdonia example.
This is considerably beyond what we’re chiefly concerned with here on this site, but I couldn’t resist mentioning it.
Actually it’s not particularly new as the news report that I only spotted today is from 2011 which in scientific advancement terms might seem like a generation back. Here it is:
Astronomers Unveil Most Complete 3-D Map of Local Universe
Cambridge, MA: Today, astronomers unveiled the most complete 3-D map of the local universe (out to a distance of 380 million light-years) ever created. Taking more than 10 years to complete, the 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) also is notable for extending closer to the Galactic plane than previous surveys – a region that’s generally obscured by dust.
See full article here
Here, of course, we’re not offering the universe, just some of its most beautiful places displayed on 3d raised relief maps of the English Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, and more.
Raised Relief Map – Lake District
Raised Relief Map – Yorkshire Dales