Realistic Sage Brush
Recently I've been working on my layout scenery between Grass Lake and Black Butte (SP Shasta Route). I'm trying to figure out how to represent sage brush, or what I call sage brush. The bush in question is colored similar to artemesia tridentia (big sage) represented by this photo.
I'm 99% sure what I'm trying to imitate is this "big sage", but in a more juvenile form perhaps. I say this because I have seen some more "old growth" type plants that can be head high and are more tree-like, but have the same coloring. See the two photos below taken near the area I'm modeling.
You will notice in this picture that the sage brush is flowering. I've noticed it can change appearance slightly depending on the season (as do most plants and trees). My first attempt at modeling it was to use Woodland Scenics field grass fiber which I airbrushed a pale grey/aqua green concoction prior to planting it. I wasn't satisfied with this method. Next I'm considering getting some of Silflor's buffalo tufts and airbrushing them.
Has anyone attempted to replicate this weed?
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