The making of Hispania’s map: forests.
March 28, 2014 Hispania
It’s time to put the forests, the most laborious work. The task has been to place the trees one by one, or in small groups. It took a long time to conclude, but the result has been worth it.
Spain is the second most forested country in Europe, with 56% of forest area (283.000km2), after Sweden, with 75%. What’s even better: much of the forest is still wild and grows at an amazing rate. In the Middle Ages, in which Hispania is acclimated, the percentage of forest had to be much larger, covering almost the entire peninsula. It has always been said in Spain that, in the Roman Era, a squirrel could travel from Cadiz to the Pyrenees jumping from tree to tree.
The forest is essential to the visual richness of the map. We have used a good variety of trees, using a green forest for Atlántic coastal areas, alternating with another dry and warm for inland areas or Mediterranean climate forest. The result is a colorful and attractive forest.
Our idea is to encourage the forest with some animals characteristic of the Iberian fauna: wolves, goats, bears, vultures, and perhaps other guests that we will present later…
That’s all for now. In the next post of “Making of Hispania’s map” I will present the undergrowth. With this we would have finished the topographic episode of the map.
Have a nice day!
NOTE: The numbers and lines on the screenshots represent ‘FRONT’ trees and mountains. The characters will circulate around the map below them. But the lines and numbers will not be there!