Monday Morning Wake-Up Call


Come and see if ye can swerve me. Swerve me? ye cannot swerve me, else ye swerve yourselves! man has ye there. Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush! Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!

~ Herman Melville, Moby-Dick or The Whale (Modern Library, 1992, originally published by Harper & Brothers, 1851)

Photo: sebastião-salgado, Southern Right Whale, Patagonia, Argentina (via see more)


  1. what a majestic sight. at first glance, i thought it was a rock formation, then i saw the life in the picture and there was the whale –

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  2. guptaashay says:

    I thought they were sand dunes

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  3. Bam

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  4. I’m a sucker for really good writing…. and this is! As for the pixie; good Lord, this is über-magic!

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  5. Insanely fabulous shot! One that, it seems, made all your readers look more closely. Well done, Mr. Kanigan, well done!

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  6. I’ll admit, I knew what the photo was immediately. But I’m back from an amazing trip to Kauai, where whales displayed their jumping abilities every day, with such joy, such excitement, such abandon, that I had to hold myself back from joining them there in the deep Pacific Ocean.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Rise up and shine … another Monday!
    ‘Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!’ …

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  8. Christie says:

    I feel the tug to return…return to the place where the ocean meets the continent…the place where the last of October, 2017 ..I was thrilled to once again watch the Magnificent Whales living their life’s and delighting me…

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  9. AAAhhhhh … that’s the shot I’m looking for! 😀

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  10. One of my favorite books.

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