Wednesday, August 19, 2009

maps, the power

Maps, the power

Not sure when I started to get a bit excited/admirable to the maps (in general), any maps. Not sure when the feel started to transfer from intimidating toward admiring, become a bit obsession actually. The maps, the power. As soon as I learned how to read a map, the power grows, I feel I am empowered with a magical ability. Needless to say, the power of maps has been that way for thousands of years, and it never diminished a bit since it has invented from our food gathering ancestors. Of course the magic is not just the piece of paper per se, it's the treasure it has concealed... rivers, peaks, valleys, drainage ,forest types and it's inhabitants, they are all in there! you just need a special eye to see it, a special mind and knowledge to reconstruct it... When not in the outdoors, I like to read the maps, use the knowledge, the principle to put all the pieces information together. It should have a river here? it should be a lake? maybe some fish in there? the forest, the drainage should be big enough to sustain a good creek? all those imaginations and hypothesized story are just as fun as the exploration itself. (to be continued)

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