While waiting for The Girl to finish her roller skating class on Sunday, I had some time to sit in the car and study the copse to the left (north) of the pasture in more detail. Returning to Flickr, I had to find my reference material once again, and along the way, I amassed a collection of other photographers’ views of the farm on Burnstown Road. I’ve captured them in a Flickr gallery.
Being in the car, I couldn’t find my favourite photo, so I had to work from a different one:
I concentrated a drawing on the copse, trying to identify individual trees, and where I could, identifying a possible species. The resulting sketch looks like a pile of boulders, but I hope it will inform the modelling.
Using the cattle in the foreground for scale, I estimated the assembly of trees on the right at 5 cows high. I think the cattle are the mid-sized Ayreshire breed, which makes them – after a quick Google – 50-53 inches high. So those trees are slightly taller than 20 feet (6 m) or 2 3/4 inches in HO scale. That section of the copse is roughly 30-35 feet wide.
I was hoping to find some sumac as it is such a common tree in Ontario, and there it is. With its large compound leaves and reddish August fruit, it will be a challenge to model.