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Botanical Beach yarn colors

Botanical Beach Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Unbelievably beautiful, this totally wild area is home to Canada's tallest trees, wonderful tide pools, about half of the seaweed varieties grown on their shoreline and lots of wildlife. Due to lack of visitors the beach is closed as of June 2021 due to extreme bear activity. People go away the animals come out to play.


Bisti Rocks yarn colors

Bisti Rocks in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area near Farmington, NM

Hauntingly beautiful, the area is full of hoo-doos (weathered rock spires) and other unusual rock formations in many beautiful colors. In the Navajo language Bisti means "a large area of shale hills" and De-na-zin means "cranes". Be sure to check their website if you plan to visit.


Painted Dessert Arizona yarn colors

The Painted Desert, Arizona

Easily accessible from I-40, this is one of our favorite detours. The mineral colors are amazing, and they never appear the same way twice due to varying light and shadow. We were lucky enough on this trip to catch the cliff roses in bloom.


Rusting ship Massachusetts yarn colors

Ship side in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

While attending Convergence in Providence, Rhode Island, we visited the surrounding areas and found this rusting ship that was a beautiful color. It is hard to see all be colors in the photo but the yarns tell all.


French Macaroon yarn colors

French Macaroons in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Although we did see some cows and cowboys in Tulsa, we were inspired by the French pastries.


Spiderwort yarn colors

Spiderwort in The Sand Hills of Nebraska

The largest sand dune formation in the Western Hemisphere covers almost 20,000 square miles of Nebraska. Rocks your socks, right? And it sits right on top of one of the largest aquifers in the world. The plant life has stabilized the sand and covers 1/4 of Nebraska with wildflowers.