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

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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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Winter Solstice

December 6, 2013: In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice – the longest night of the year - falls on December 21st this year. With it, my thoughts turn to the Imaginaries, and how they survive the hardships of winter.

At this time of year, snow wassets begin their annual migrations south in search of food. Whereas the treesqueaks will hide out in the trees, the slide-rock pelters will become more aggressive in their hunting throughout the rest of the winter and into the spring. At the same time that hidebehinds will venture farther away from the thickest parts of the forest under cover of darkness, many dragons will go into hibernation.

On the same date, the summer solstice – the longest day of the year - takes place in the southern hemisphere. There, the alicanto begins the nesting season, and the young of the ccoa will be born in dens hidden deep within the jungle. In Argentina, the yaquaru begins its long journey upstream to lay eggs, while in Australia, its counterpart, the wanambi, emerges from its hiding places into the heat and damp of the rainy season.

The wheel of life continues to spin, season into season, life into life. Here at Iranigami, we continue to do our part to try and keep that wheel turning for all the Imaginaries of our planet.

As the solstice comes and goes for another year, be safe, be well, be happy – and never forget our Imaginary friends. - Xax, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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