Map Imagery

Maps-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel™ image.

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Canyonlands National Park
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Dominica
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Olympic National Park
Puerto Rico
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The Virgin Islands
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park


The Maps-Un-Natural series could also be called Psychedelic Maps. These are an effort to create a visually stunning and interesting image, usually with a limited color palette. These days, bright multicolored relief maps are often created on-the-fly – perhaps automatically – seemingly without regard to color choices and their relationships to the relief or each other. Here, the coloration varies only with elevation and is set to bring out notable landscape features.

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Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
Canyonlands National Park
Cones and Lava
Coulee Country
Drumlin Field
Fjords
Florida Keys
Folded Mountains
Grand Hogback
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Maine Coast
Mississippi River Delta
Mississippi River Floodplain
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Palouse Hills
Piceance Basin / Colorado Plateau
Sinkholes
South Schell Peak


Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Simple, yet distinguished in appearance, they show the landscape in its simplest, greyscale form.


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Canyonlands National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument
Olympic National Park
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Puerto Rico
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park