When was the last time you colored?
Years ago I got a very large photocopy of a U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Map of Washington, DC. When I first brought it home my thought was to use it as a reference map. But over the years I felt like the contour lines on the map were just begging to be colored-in. For those of you who have never seen one before, a topographic map usually shows the elevation of a mapped area using contour lines that represent a fixed distance (in this case the space between every line represents 10 feet). So the closer together the lines, the steeper the slope, the further away the lines are the flatter the land.
Contemplating two weeks without TV or Internet, I knew I would crave something that wasn’t reading. One needs a break from everything after all. What I suspected was that I would have a blast coloring. The Disney princess coloring book I did with my niece back in March didn’t quite do it for me. But this map, with all of its interesting patterns, and a nice set of colored pencils could really be the thing.
And it was.
The first photos are me getting started while we were in Maine. I am not sure I will color here at home but I did take a few pictures since we got home just so you can see what I did while we were away.