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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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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August 4, 2013: The contributions this month about the protectors of trees have me thinking about symbiosis, a fancy word for the interrelationship of living things.

Here at Iranigami, we like to think of ourselves as guardians of the Imaginaries. But this guardianship is not a one-way street. Think of black dog, who assists the wayward human traveler on a lonely road at night; mermaids, who guide sailors back to port; and flying reindeer, who cooperate with the huldufolk and delight us at during the winter holidays. They are all taking care of us, as much as we imagine we’re taking care of them.

Guardianship of the Imaginaries is not the sole responsibility of humans, either. An agropelter defending his territory is also protecting the trees; the slide-rock bolter protects the mountains; dragons defend the caverns of the world. While the actions of these Imaginaries may be for their own defense, they also serve to protect and defend the resources of our world, through the symbiosis of each Imaginary and the habitat in which it dwells.

It may appear to humans that many Imaginaries are aggressive toward us and not guardian-like at all. Unfortunately, this is because humans tend to be very careless about protecting our planet, and it falls to the Imaginaries to defend themselves and their habitats from human frailties. Among all species, we seem to be the least aware that our very existence is dependent upon the symbiosis between humans, all other living creatures, and the earth we live upon. We may neglect this symbiosis for short-term gain, but in the long run, our carelessness harms not only the creatures sharing this world with us, but ourselves as well.

If I could have one wish, it would be that my fellow humans grow in awareness of the gift we have been given, the life we share with all the Imaginaries and non-Imaginaries on this beautiful earth. – XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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