The first collecting locations that we filmed last year were in Prospect Park, Philadelphia and Sayreville, New Jersey. We wanted to get some footage and film some other nearby locations, so we called our friend Leah who lives in Philadelphia, and made plans to go out collecting with and her roommate Katie.
Leah and Katie are students at Moore College of Art & Design. They were excited to go collecting almandine garnets from Fairmount Park to use in different projects. Back when we first started dating Justin and I went collecting at thist location with some friends, so we knew that the garnets would be plentiful.
We walked over the bridge and then off the path and down to the creek.
Once in the water, we began to search the creek bed for the pieces of mica schist with the garnets imbedded in them.
Leah finds some garnets, and shows them to Katie so that she knows what to look for.
In no time she is collecting like a pro.
But of course Justin finds the best one of the day.
After garnet collecting, is was then off to Prospect Park to collect Kyanite.
We had been to the this location a couple times before. The last time we were here, we found a a hole full of bright blue kyanite right as we were leaving, so we were curious to see if it was still there. So we walked down the hill and over the spillway, and then followed along the side of the stream.
It was raining and getting late, so we were happy when we found the spot.
So we took turns collecting blue kyanite blades, and then headed back to Philadelphia.