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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History of Iranigami

The Dark Ages: Iranigami began during the so-called “Dark Ages,” a time when the European world had turned inward upon itself. Trade was limited, political structures were unstable, people rarely ventured beyond their own communities, and very few people were literate.

Iranigami came into being within this world, and for its first 250 years, it operated largely as a family affair. Most of the first Iranigamists were either descendants of Horm and Brimbhall, or descendants of the apprentices of Peregrine and Ethereal. Although a few Iranigamists ventured further afield in those years, most of their activities were confined to northern Europe, and centered on the Imaginaries found there.

The insular nature of the Dark Ages began to change starting with the Crusades, and intensified with the Mongol invasion of China during the 12th century, which opened trade routes between Europe and China that had been closed for centuries. As goods and information started to flow, an interest in the world beyond personal experience began to expand.

It was during this period of history that the Iranigamists learned that they were not alone. They discovered the existence of small groups of people who preserve, protect and defend Imaginaries all over the world, from China to India to Europe and beyond.

We don’t know exactly when the Iranigamists first learned about other keepers of Imaginaries, but it must have been very exciting for them. Information on how to better attend to an Imaginary - how to feed, tend, protect, and interact with a dragon, for example – became available to the Iranigamists, who in turn reciprocated with what they had learned about Imaginaries in their own work.

Information traveled very slowly in those times, so these exchanges of information took decades. But it opened the world of Iranigami to new possibilities, and inspired those early Iranigamists never to give up. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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