natgeo Video by @ronan_donovan // The lingering twilight in the far north illuminates the evening commute of this Atlantic puffin colony in Scotland. The adults spend most their day at sea, sometimes flying more than 60 miles in order to find shoals of small fish to dive on. They’ll then bring home a beak full of fish for their single chick that’s been tucked away in a burrow. Turn the sound 🔉on for this one and listen to the wings and bodies whizzing by!!
On June 25th 1897 the author Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist, died.
Margaret Oliphant was born on the outskirts of Edinburgh in Wallyford in 182and thanks to her mother she was given an excellent education, she wrote her first novel, Passages in the Life of Mrs. Margaret Maitland at the age of 17.
Over the course of her career, she published nearly one hundred novels. She became a lifelong contributor to Blackwood’s magazine in Edinburgh, and is known for writing domestic realism, historical fiction, and the supernatural. Blackwoods Magazine also published some of her best-received novels. As well as her fiction, she also published a great deal of critical work, including A Literary History of Scotland, using sharp wit to expose the hypocrisy and injustices of Victorian society towards women.
She outlived her husband and all seven of her children, and went on to help her alcoholic brother and his family. By the end of her life in 1897, Margaret Oliphant had written more than 90 novels, 50 short stories, 25 works of non-fiction and around 300 articles.
A bronze memorial stone sits in St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, commemorating the life and work of Margaret Oliphant which was unveiled in 1908 by her friend, and author, J.M.Barrie.