As some of you know, the sparroworks.ca website is undergoing some considerable recreation and extension so that it better presents the assorted birding sites in and aorund Montreal that is its main raison d’etre. One of the things that hs been holding up its publication in the new format has been the hours of labour needed to produce suitable maps so people can find the places I tell them about … and then along come Google maps and automate the whole process. On the one hand, this is wonderful as it saves time and effort and is actually jolly useful – on the other hand, where’s the art?

Here’s an example of what I mean – this is an interactive map of some sites near where we live

[googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&om=1&s=AARTsJps6--38aDwp74jmXUmmFpOEYbZgA&msa=0&msid=112256313851334787000.00043bed14bd6fa5d82a1&ll=45.517895,-73.67157&spn=0.673573,1.167297&z=9&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

Like, I said … magic, but is it art?