One of my favourite places to drive to is Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges (around an hour out of Melbourne). I take lots of photos when I go and I've been trying for a while to work out how to get the forest into my paintings. I've been finding it difficult because I'm not sure how much realism and how much abstraction to use, I also know it will make my paintings take much longer to create with so much detail. I might make it one of my goals for the year to figure it all out.
Here are a few photos I've taken. The tall misty trees in the background are Australian Mountain Ash (Eucalyptus regnans) which according to wikipedia is the tallest flowering tree species in the world.
These two photos were taken on the edge of Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens/Sherbrooke Forest.