The shores of the Yellowstone River from Pompey's Pillar east to where the Yellowstone joins up with the Missouri are rich in agate deposits. These deposits are reportedly 20' deep in places and extend for many miles. The time to look for them is late fall, winter or early spring before the water rises.
The Yellowstone River is a great place for an outing on a warm early spring day. We headed east about 30 miles from Billings to the Captain Clark Fishing Access, where we explored the river banks for agates and petrified wood.
Jumping ahead, here. I failed to take any intermediate shots of this quilt as it was a work in progress. I have only a few detail images to share, as this piece will be entered in an invitational exhibition and I need to keep the full image under wraps until then.
The next step is to define the sky area of this landscape piece by block printing the top 2/3 of the fused collage. I use Pebeo Setacolor opaque white fabric paint with a group of swirly hand carved rubber blocks. This unifies the space quite nicely.
The seashells on the beach in Puerto Penasco are generally very petite and delicate and also quite complete. The tides here are generally very gentle, so shells don't get very worn. I am always on the lookout for shells with holes worn into them, so I can use them for sewing or jewelry. I also collect beach glass for jewelry. I am happy with what I found this time!