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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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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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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Squonk Discovery!

Photographing Imaginaries: I’ve been learning a few things about trying to photograph an Imaginary. Most of what I’ve learned is to figure out what doesn’t work.

The most exciting thing is, we found a squonk! I wanted to photograph her, but I never could get a good picture. Squonks don’t like being looked at or photographed. Every time I tried to get a picture of her, she dissolved into a pile of thick, yellow tears (see photo). I thought this time for sure I’d get the photo, because she’d gone under a deck and I could sneak up on her, but she melted before I could even snap the picture.

I also tried to take a picture of the squonk from a hiding place, but I wasn’t able to control the lighting, so all I got was something blurry-looking. Also, I really upset her, so she melted again.

After that, I stopped trying to take her picture because I realized I was harming her. I mean, all that melting away, over and over, just couldn’t be good for her.

When I talked to the Iranigami agent working on the case, I learned that most Imaginaries are very hard to photograph, although most of them don’t dissolve like the squonk did. Many Imaginaries really don’t like being seen, or are nocturnal creatures, or they move very fast, so getting a good photo of an Imaginary is really difficult.

Now I understand why all those pictures of the Loch Ness monster are so fuzzy.

From what I learned, I think that anybody who wants to take photographs of Imaginaries will do best to concentrate on taking pictures of the environments in which they live, or signs that an Imaginary was there, rather than try to catch a shot of the creature itself. I really upset that squonk, and I feel bad about that now, like I was some sort of obnoxious member of the paparazzi chasing around after someone who just wanted to be left alone.

But this has honestly been about the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to me. I think I should write a book about it! - MACY, Junior Apprentice Agent, Iranigami


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