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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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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Hunting Season

Keeping Dahu Safe: I like to take my dog Dahu with me when I go out looking for Imaginaries in the woods. Even though she only has three legs, she can outrun me, and she’s very excellent good at sniffing out hiding places where animals might live.

Every fall, my parents buy me a new absolutely screaming orange Day-Glo vest and hat. Even though orange is not my favorite color, I have to wear it because we live near a place where people hunt deer in the fall, and my parents don’t want anybody mistaking me for a deer. I also can’t wear brown or tan or black or even white, because those are the colors the deer wear.

I started to think that Dahu, who is brown and white, could be mistaken for a deer. I would hate for anything to happen to Dahu, so I decided to make her a safety vest of her own to wear when we go out.

At first I tried to make her a vest like mine, but it came out all wrong and I couldn’t even get it on her. Then I got a great idea!

My baby sister outgrew this hot-pink tee-shirt that almost fit Dahu. It was actually too long for my dog, but I cut it down to fit. Then I spelled out Dahu’s name on both sides of the tee-shirt with orange reflective tape, and added some glitter to make it pretty.

Just in case, I also wrapped her leash and collar in reflective tape.

Now when I go out with Dahu, there’s no way anybody could ever mistake her for a deer. I wish I could make brightly-colored tee-shirts for all Imaginaries everywhere! - YARROW, an Iranigami fan


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