As anybody who has planted trees on a layout can tell you, layouts eat trees at a frightening rate. There are approximately 50 trees in the above image – most of them scratch-built by me, using my variation on the techniques I learned from the Gordon Gravett tree books. And yet I’m only about halfway through adding trees to the Lynn Valley area. I’ve basically done the trestle scene on the Lynn River.
That said, I think trees are important and must be convincing on a layout so I’m very pleased with the progress on this scene. For the longest time, the “grass and occasional evergreen” in this area made it look more like something in the western mountains. The addition of so many deciduous trees to this area conveys the desired feel of Southern Ontario. What’s more, their height and placement – including trees between viewer and train – help disguise the fact that I was forced to use a fairly tight radius through the valley.
Still to come: more trees – a lot more trees – to the right of this scene as I head towards the water tank and Port Rowan. And I see a few spots in this area where I can add some bushes. But for now, I’m enjoying this transformation on the layout.