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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What Was In My Tree?

Query: Last night I was sitting up in a tree outside my house here in Nova Scotia, watching the planets. When I came back down, I thought I saw a creature peeking between the two sides of the split in the trunk where I’d just been. I looked again, and something moved! It looked like a little bearded man, watching me. Do you know what it could be?

Answer: Your bearded figure sounds as if it might be a Nagumwasuck.

Nagumwasucks tend to be ground-dwellers, but have had to adapt since eastern Canada became more populated. If the creature was about two feet tall and very ugly, then it was most certainly a Nagumwasuck. Don’t worry, he will do you no harm unless you intend to cut down his tree.

A second possibility is that you saw a Meesumwasuck, but they are tricksters rather than protectors, and you would have had the sense of being pushed or driven out of the tree, rather than that you descended on your own.

While not very fond of humans, Nagumwasucks have been known to offer their presence and songs to our kind in times of trouble, war, dying, and death. They are also great protectors of the woodlands in which they dwell, vigorously defending the Imaginaries that live in their territories.

If you would like to express friendship to the Nagumwasuck who lives in your neighborhood, try singing slow, dirgeful songs in a low voice when you visit that tree again. Nagumwasucks like that kind of music much better than a jumping tune.


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