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.


fake ad

Xax's blog

Going On Hiatus

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

You Can Help!

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.

Contact us

Doing The Right Thing

Make Your Home Imaginary-friendly: It might sound like the last thing you want to do, but the best way to make your home more Imaginary-friendly is to avoid attracting Imaginaries to your house.

When I first heard this, I didn’t like it. Who wouldn’t like to see unicorns in the front yard, or snogolisters on the back porch? Couldn’t I at least set out a little food for the Imaginaries?

The problem with leaving out food is that Imaginaries and people - non-Iranigami people , that is - just don’t mix. Setting out food might seem like a good idea, but if an Imaginary is attracted to a house by the goodies there, and then finds itself trapped in a neighborhood when the sun comes up, things can go very wrong very quickly. So we’re really better off keeping our yards clear of anything that will attract Imaginaries to come among the houses in which people live.

Some Imaginaries can’t resist foraging through trash, so if it's your job in your family to take out the garbage, make sure your trash barrels have animal-proof lids, or keep the barrels in a shed.

Also, avoid leaving any food for your cat or dog outside, and take in bird feeders at night.

We shouldn’t leave out food, but what we can do is provide camouflage, like tall bushes and treed areas around our homes, so that if an Imaginary should happen to wander into a yard, it will have somewhere to hide. And lots of cover can also help out the Guardians, so this is a good thing to do.

I also fill up our birdbath every night, because all living things need water. Maybe that's not the right thing to do, but I just don't want any animals, Imaginary or otherwise, to ever have to go without water.

If we honor the wildness of the Imaginaries, we do them the best service we can. – Bug, Field Agent, Iranigami


Copyright © 2012, 2013, 2014 by Penelope Stowell. All rights reserved. This website is a work of fiction and does not depict any actual persons, creatures, places or events.