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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Huldufolk: The Guardians of the Imaginaries

September 6, 2012: While we at Iranigami don’t usually involve ourselves with the doings of the huldufolk – the “hidden people,” such as elves, fairies, and gnomes – their role as Guardians of the Imaginaries is worth mentioning. This month’s website focuses on that topic.

Many of the huldufolk have been caring for the Imaginaries of our world long before humans even knew they existed. Since most huldufolk view humans with suspicion – a trait they share with the Imaginaries they guard - we try to stay out of their way as much as possible.

Although we don’t work directly with the Guardians, we share the same mission, and here at Iranigami, we are deeply appreciative of the work they do. Many of them have gained the trust of the Imaginaries they guard in a way we humans cannot, and they have done an extraordinary job of keeping their charges safe against impossible odds. The best way to express our gratitude is to respect their privacy and not to interfere with their work.

A chance meeting with a Nagumwasuck (see Sightings) reminds us that we are silent partners with the Guardians in our work with the Imaginaries. Gwyneach writes in Annals about Marco Polo’s encounters not only with more visible Imaginaries, but also with a few huldufolk he met along road. In Field Notes, one of our younger Junior Apprentice Field Agents tells of her experience in providing cover for a recent visitor to her home. And Agent Bug expands on that idea by offering tips on making our homes more Imaginary-friendly.

On another subject, our Have You Seen? posting this month features the splinter cat, an Imaginary whose population appears to be on the rise. In these difficult times, it’s always rewarding to get some good news about an Imaginary, and the splinter cat is one such happy creature.

Keep up the good work, everybody. Support the Guardians. Preserve our environment, and always, always remember to protect and defend the Imaginaries of our earth. – XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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