Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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The Unseen and the Unknown

June 4, 2012: We’re all familiar with the more popular Imaginaries, and if you should you ever come across a unicorn or a dragon, you’ll recognize it easily enough. But most Imaginaries are amazingly well-hidden, and almost never encountered directly. Unseen and unknown, identifying these Imaginaries accurately can be extremely difficult.

We of Iranigami are constantly challenged not only to be alert to all signs of the presence of Imaginaries, but also to find creative and sensitive ways in which we can protect and defend these almost-invisible creatures.

The trickiest part about working with Imaginaries is just how elusive they can be, even when they’re the kind of Imaginary that interacts with people. In fact, June’s featured Imaginary, the Hidebehind, frequently stalks humans, but has never been seen at all, by anybody - or at least not by anybody who lived.

Sometimes, the best way to identify an Imaginary, especially those that live underground or in other difficult-to-reach places, is by noticing the signs and indicators that the Imaginaries leave behind. The Field Notes about the augerino help us to understand that sometimes, the presence of an Imaginary is more about what we don’t see than what we do see.

The contributor to the Sightings column alerts us to the thrill, as well as the difficulty, of identifying Imaginaries. A glimpse, nothing more, of a creature by the side of the road, is enough to get us all thinking about what it was that our contributor saw.

If you can, please record as much as possible about what you find, in any way that you can. In the You Can Help section of this month’s web posting, we discuss taking plaster casts of footprints. Casting also works well for any other kind of impression made by an Imaginary, and can help us collect the information we need to identify Imaginaries and track their habits.

The more we can learn about the habits of Imaginaries, even those that are unseen and unknown, the more we can help to protect their environments and ensure their survival. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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