I designed this map of a family ranch in Montana as my final assignment for a Cartography course. Initially, I set out to design a tourism map, but the project evolved into a more personal documentation of my favorite spots in this landscape. I used the exercise to explore shaded relief and vegetation bump mapping techniques promoted by Tom Patterson of the National Park Service.
Through this experience, I’ve become comfortable creating richly textured basemaps with little more than a DEM, aerial photos, and a few water features. I love this natural style of mapping because it’s so intuitive and approachable.