My favorite map maker, Raven Maps and Images, just sent me an email alert regarding their latest release: a map of Crater Lake. What timing, considering my recent posts about this magnificent place.

I have five atlases from this company, plus their gorgeous map of Oregon, which proudly takes up the wall space over my desk. They are old school cartographers, meaning they consider their work to be art. I would have many more of their maps, if not for the minor issue of available places to hang them. (They are not small.)

But for this one, I might have to find room.


Unfortunately you can’t embiggen that, because Raven Maps doesn’t offer bigger images on their web site. It’s poor marketing on their part, I think, because it’s not until you see these maps on a larger scale that you can appreciate the breathtaking artistry (and technological expertise) that goes into making them.

They do, however, offer little close-ups:


What I love about Raven Maps is their use of relief shading to make their maps three-dimensional. This is almost miraculous for a person like me, because I have a hard time translating two-dimensional maps into a three-dimensional mental image. (I am incredibly bad at reading topo maps, and am saved only when the numbers indicating elevation are glaringly obvious.) This is never an issue with Raven maps, because a quick glance instantly indicates elevation.

Here’s a detail from their Landforms of the World map…


…which would not be out of place framed and hung in a gallery.

I’ve long drooled over their world maps, the North American map, and the US map. But the Crater Lake map might do me in. Want.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Want.

  1. ORcrone says:

    What if I buy it and you can visit it from time to time?

  2. I have a Raven map (of MN, of course) on the wall behind me even as I’m typing. Thanks for reminding me re the site, which I agree deserves wider recognition.

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