Hey!I maintained this blog from 2006-2014, primarily as a place to dump my field sketches (and the occasional painting). It's no longer active, but you can find me at the links above.
The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.
-- Carl Sagan, Cosmos
- Ada Lovelace
- barreleye fish
- breeding colony
- Bronte Harbour
- Bruce Peninsula
- Carl Sagan
- computer science
- dead bird study
- Grass Lake
- Neibauer marsh
- sewage lagoons
Author Archives: quarksparrow
I imagine this is what happens when one allows their dust bunnies to grow a little too large. I had a hankering to do some illustration work, and this is what came out of it. May end up turning this one … Continue reading
A collection of moths from last weekend. Someone left the deck light on one evening, and by morning there was a variety of interesting critters clinging to the board and batten siding. Bearing with my poor moth id skills: Top … Continue reading
Spring migration typically peters out out by the time the May long weekend arrives, but it came early enough this year to coincide with the peak warbler push on the Bruce Peninsula. I spent my first afternoon hiking the side … Continue reading
Realized moments too late that the ink I’d used on the crows wasn’t waterproof — had to cover up my nice wash with some pasty gouache to fix it. Ah, well. Watercolour, pen & coloured pencil.
Shrikes are obscenely cute for something so ferocious, and I’m terribly fond of them. I spied this young bird streaking past while out searching for Snowy Owls on Saturday, and promptly turned the car around for a better look. I … Continue reading
A female Varied Thrush has been hanging out near the Guelph Lake dam since at least the beginning of last week. I headed out into the -22C cold Saturday morning, joining a shivering group of birders at the trail head … Continue reading