Forest Floor :: Reference Photo

Forest Floor - Reference Shot photo ForestFloor_zpsc65d9b07.jpg

Regular readers know I’ve been twisting a lot of tree armatures lately, for use in the Lynn Valley. As I plan the scenery for this area, I want to be able to look under the trees and through the bushes at the forest edge to see the trains as they progress through the scene.

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I took the photo at the top of this post in a nearby managed forest where I like to take the dogs for walks. It’s more open than a forest with no caretaker. And it’ll be perfect for the type of scenery I’m trying to create – so I’m posting it here for reference.

4 thoughts on “Forest Floor :: Reference Photo

  1. A big topic, this! Forest floor can be anything from very open to dense jungle, but there are many new products and ideas for this – etched ferns, Scenic Express weeds and flowers, and such. One thing about walking in the woods – you’re always clambering over fallen trees and branches. An un-maintained forest has a lot of that, in all stages right through to heavily decomposed, with fungus and moss growth. Haven’t seen this done much.

  2. I like how you are looking at the whole layout scene as a model, and not resorting to aping the work of others. This piece on modelling a forest floor is yet another example. A little travelling can reap huge benefits to the modeller.

    “The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”

    Samuel Johnson

  3. This is so true – at times I feel like a sponge, I have been travelling a lot in the last three or four years, many places for the first time. All over England, Wales, Australia, the Pacific Northwest including Northern California, yikes. And shooting thousands of photographs. I’m finding it very difficult to settle into one modelling subject, so oddly I’m back to thinking as a freelancer so I can include more variety but still within a framework and a set of limitations. You can’t have it all, but I like to spread out a bit.

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