Curiosity Cabinet

Three Things I’m Curious About This Week #33

I could spend all day looking at photos of Antelope Canyon. The way the light shifts and changes and how that reflects on the rocks is every-changing.

A shaft of light breaks through a desert canyon. The walls of the canyon have been carved by water and are various shades of yellow, orange, and brown.
Antelope Canyon by Raimund Marx, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I’m obsessed with the Merlin bird app from The Cornell Lab. CBC described is as Shazam for birds-it listens to bird calls and tells you what they are. As someone who has never been able to bird by ear, I’m completely hooked.

A bright yellow bird with red streaks on its breast perches on a tree branch.
Yellow warbler by Rodney Campbell, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Speaking of birds, if you’re into birds and games, you’ve probably played Wingspan. The article gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the two female Colombian artists who created many of Wingspan’s charming illustrations.

A woman colours an illustration of a kingfisher with a coloured pencil.
Artist Natalia Rojas works on a kingfisher illustration for Wingspan. Via Greenhookgames.