Saturday, February 11, 2012

Texas Landscape #3: Forest

I am continuing the "out-of-mind Texas landscape series" with my recollection of the abundant forests where I grew up in East Texas. Tall pines and hardwoods towered above a tangle of underbrush and vines. Click on the image to view painting description and detail.

© V. Bridges Hoyt 2012
oil on paper, 4x4 inches

The Big Thicket — Before settlers and lumberjacks and boomtowns moved in, the Thicket boasted 3.5 million acres of Lone Star wilderness. Today, less than one-tenth of the original, primitive big Thicket still stands. The immensely diverse region displays 1,000 species of wildflowers, and almost 200 species of shrubs and trees. Two stretches of wild river run through it, and eight major ecological systems flow together.

Learn more about the Texas Forest Trail as it winds through the areas of Tyler, Mineola, Quitman, Pittsburg, Daingerfield, Jefferson, Marshal, Longview, Kilgore, Nacogdoches, San Augustine, Lufkin, Woodville, Camden, Moscow, Livingston, Coldspring, Conroe, Montgomery, Huntsville, Crockett, and Palestine.

If you like the painting above, click to view more Trees and Prairie art.

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