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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The First Chinese Bestiary: The Europeans weren’t the only ones to write Bestiaries (see Archives/Annals/ Bestiaries). Predating the Physiologus by at least six centuries, the Chinese also provided a written record of the Imaginaries in the Shan Hai Jing (the central part of which is sometimes also referred to as Wuzang Shanjing).

The Shan Hai Jin is a compilation of writings by a number of different authors first collected in the 4th century BC, and sourced in a thousand years of oral tradition. It covers the geography, the early history and mythology, and the animals of China, divided by region.

The Shan Hai Jin includes a great deal of information about dragons, as well as discourses on birds, fishes, mammals and reptiles, some of which are recognized by the scientific world today, and some of which are considered Imaginaries.

Today, scholars debate whether the mix of fact and mythology included in the Shan Hai Jin was intentional, because the writers of the time weighted non-fiction and fiction as equally valid, or if the work was, in fact, all true. Other Chinese writers referencing the work called it a Bestiary, and at least initially assumed it was factually correct. Only in later centuries was the work deemed to be primarily a collection of legends and stories, and not a work of scientific merit.

The information included in the Shan Hai Jin is an invaluable resource, as it tells us about Imaginaries that may still be among us today, as well as inform us about those that may now be extinct. – GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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