A Blue Whale's jawbone and a malfunctioning harpoon is the main landmark that welcomes you to the village of Bragar and its lore on Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.
Every single time I’m on our Western Isles I love seeing this magnificent piece of Scottish history and hearing the story behind it. ❤️🏴
In September 1920, the remains of an 80ft blue whale drifted into Bragar Bay, on the western Atlantic side of the Isle of Lewis. In the poor whale’s head was a harpoon, trailed by 50 feet of rope. The harpoon however had not detonated, shooting the barbed “stun” into the creature, and so had merely become lodged into the whale’s body and heartbreakingly sentencing it to a slow death. Island officials contacted a whaling company to collect the body but no ships ever arrived. This was put down to the remote location. As it began to rot and Bragar was overwhelmed by the stench, the islanders rolled up their sleeves and dealt with it themselves.
The blubber was used for oil, disinfectant, ointment, tar, and medicine. A year later the skeleton lay bare.
Looking at the skeletal remains of the whale, local postmaster Murdo Morrison thought the jawbone might make a nice addition to his gate. He worked on it relentlessly, filing the bone and hammering iron joins. Morrison also claimed the harpoon, and while being cleaned it finally detonated, slashing a splintered hole in the wall of his garage. Luckily he was unharmed. Soon after, the jawbone was raised as an arch in front of Morrison’s home. It still stands there today, 25 feet tall and 4 tons heavy, with the harpoon at its apex.
No one knows where the whale was harpooned or who by, but its arrival in Bragar is now the stuff of local lore and, of course, pride. The arch has been bid upon many, many times. But as is made clear; it has never been - nor will it ever be - for sale. ❤️🏴 #scotland#scotland_insta#scotland_greatshots#unlimitedscotland#highlandcollective#scotlandsbeauty#scotlandexplore#visitscotland#soft_vision#scotlandtravel#moodygrams#hiddenscotland#wanderess#outerhebrides#outerhebridesofscotland#isleoflewis#whalebonearch#historicscotland#travel#freespirit#wildheart
She shows me the very best parts of me — my heart, and the worst parts of me — my fears. 9 years ago yesterday, I began to stumble through this life as one of the guides divinely assigned to this little human. And she’s been so gracious and full of love the whole way. Thank you for choosing me to be your mommy, my sweet Anna. I’ll be forever grateful to you.
can feel sticky
from weeks in 5th gear
can feel jerky
in an intersection
with honking horns
prodding at overstimulated senses
must rush on
move past this
shake it out of the system
or breathe it in
and feel it
a loud sigh
maybe a growl
maybe a scream
the kind that rips
through the down blanket
and showers feathers
throughout the room
is where you might find me
Photo by @ryelkestano
Photograph by @paulnicklen // A baby harp seal, just days old, patiently waits for its mom to return from the sea to provide life sustaining milk. Milk that is comprised of up to 50% fat. The math is simple, on cold years, sea ice reaches its maximum extent and there is maximum recruitment into the population and on warmer years, which has been the norm as of late, there can be zero recruitment into the population. The incredible thing is that we can control the fate of this species by regulating the carbon we release into the atmosphere. #followme on @paulnicklen and see how we are #turningthetide with @sea_legacy #seal#bethechange#gratitude#love#beauty#cute#instagood#picoftheday
» Confession: apart from my recent adventure around Europe, I’ve notoriously been a big dreamer, but not much of a doer. For much of my life, I've found it easy to dream up plenty of good ideas, and while I've considered trying to make some a reality, I have very rarely taken the action steps to bring anything to fruition. Maybe it has something to do with my long-time struggle to believe in myself / my abilities, or my tendency to become anxious in the face of the unknown... either way, I've decided that I'm done counting myself out, because there's nothing worse than looking back and thinking, "I wish I would have done / tried / created that thing." Am I right?
And with that, I'm beyond excited to share that I'm getting after a new dream! I have basically zero knowledge of the arena I'm walking into, but I've never been more excited to learn and grow (and be honest with y'all through the process). Here's to doing new and scary things because I want to, and — more importantly — because I can! I can't wait to share more details sooooon✨ #wildheartswithgennean
Whenever someone asks me whether to listen to their brain or their heart
I always answer heart
Because your brain knows the whole world
Your heart only knows
We have been programed to be a brain driven society
Basing our decisions on
What we are supposed to do
What we beleive we have to do
What society tells us we need to do
What are parents pressure us to do
What others will think of what we do
It is all bullshit!
When did you forget that you could do anything your heart desired?
Base your decisions on
What makes you happy
What you feel drawn towards
What keeps you awake at night with excitement
What ignites passion deep in your being
What lights a fire inside your soul
What makes you forget to eat sleep or check the time
What makes you feel alive
Remember that your heart is your compass
Created to divinely guide you through this human experience
Trust in it's ability to guide you exactly where you need to go
A heart centered journey is not always gentle
The path is ancient wild untamed and uncivilized
But the places it will lead you are full of more
Than you can even imagine
Surrender to the wisdom of your heart
Within its walls are where all your answers live
so much time
at war with myself,
I have forgotten
I am the walls
of my home.
Forgive her, and
she will forgive you, too
no matter how many times
you asked her to break.
-my relationship with my body
photo: (tag her)