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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Imaginaries in Literature

Sherlock Homes and the Kludde: When people talk about Imaginary black dogs, they almost always remember The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story features Sherlock Holmes in pursuit of a murderous black beast with blue flames about its head, racing through a dense fog across the desolation of Grimpen Mire. The hound in the story is probably intended to portray a ce sith. It’s a terrifying image, even if it does give black dogs a bad name.

It’s also inaccurate. The ce siths of the British Isles are large and black and wild, and fearsome to behold, but they don’t breathe fire. That would be the kludde, the black dog of Belgium, a creature famous for its dragon-like, fiery breath.

It seems that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mixed up his breeds of black dogs in The Hound of the Baskervilles. As a result, generations of Sherlock Holmes fans now believe – erroneously - that all the ce siths of the British Isles are fire-breathing.

Authors who are not students of the taxonomy of Imaginaries often make this kind of mistake, depicting Imaginaries in settings that they would not inhabit in real life. The various subspecies of dragons, in particular, are subject to this sort of fictional dislocation. Unicorns, mer-people, and phoenixes are also commonly misplaced in literature.

It is helpful to remember, when reading any fictional account of an Imaginary, that it is just that – fiction. The reality may be quite different than the words you read on the page. - GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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