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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Moving Rock?

Query: There’s a large boulder behind my house. I think it’s migrating across the yard, but I never actually see it moving. Could it be an Imaginary?

Answer: A good way to determine if the rock in your yard may be an Imaginary is to collect objective data first before coming to any conclusions. Try taking precise measurements of the current location of the boulder in reference to several other stationary objects in your yard, such as tree, a fence post, and the corner of your house. If you take exactly the same measurements every week for a period of a few months, you will be able to establish if the boulder is shifting position.

You can also position a camera at a set location and take a series of photos over a period of time. If the boulder is moving, you will eventually be able to see a change in its location in the photo relative to the background.

If the boulder is migrating, you may indeed have an Imaginary living in your yard. See Have You Seen this month for a description of another rock Imaginary.


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