Robber fly - Nature photographer Thomas Shahan specializes in amazing portraits of tiny insects. It isn't easy. Shahan says that this Robber Fly (Holcocephala fusca), for instance, is "skittish" and doesn't like its picture taken.

Nature by Numbers (Video)

"The Greater Akashic System" – July 15, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Caroll) (Subjects: Lightworkers, Intent, To meet God, Past lives, Universe/Galaxy, Earth, Pleiadians, Souls Reincarnate, Invention: Measure Quantum state in 3D, Recalibrates, Multi-Dimensional/Divine, Akashic System to change to new system, Before religion changed the system, DNA, Old system react to Karma, New system react to intent now for next life, Animals (around humans) reincarnate again, This Animal want to come back to the same human, Akashic Inheritance, Reincarnate as Family, Other Planets, Global Unity … etc.)

Question: Dear Kryon: I live in Spain. I am sorry if I will ask you a question you might have already answered, but the translations of your books are very slow and I might not have gathered all information you have already given. I am quite concerned about abandoned animals. It seems that many people buy animals for their children and as soon as they grow, they set them out somewhere. Recently I had the occasion to see a small kitten in the middle of the street. I did not immediately react, since I could have stopped and taken it, without getting out of the car. So, I went on and at the first occasion I could turn, I went back to see if I could take the kitten, but it was to late, somebody had already killed it. This happened some month ago, but I still feel very sorry for that kitten. I just would like to know, what kind of entity are these animals and how does this fit in our world. Are these entities which choose this kind of life, like we do choose our kind of Human life? I see so many abandoned animals and every time I see one, my heart aches... I would like to know more about them.

Answer: Dear one, indeed the answer has been given, but let us give it again so you all understand. Animals are here on earth for three (3) reasons.

(1) The balance of biological life. . . the circle of energy that is needed for you to exist in what you call "nature."

(2) To be harvested. Yes, it's true. Many exist for your sustenance, and this is appropriate. It is a harmony between Human and animal, and always has. Remember the buffalo that willingly came into the indigenous tribes to be sacrificed when called? These are stories that you should examine again. The inappropriateness of today's culture is how these precious creatures are treated. Did you know that if there was an honoring ceremony at their death, they would nourish you better? Did you know that there is ceremony that could benefit all of humanity in this way. Perhaps it's time you saw it.

(3) To be loved and to love. For many cultures, animals serve as surrogate children, loved and taken care of. It gives Humans a chance to show compassion when they need it, and to have unconditional love when they need it. This is extremely important to many, and provides balance and centering for many.

Do animals know all this? At a basic level, they do. Not in the way you "know," but in a cellular awareness they understand that they are here in service to planet earth. If you honor them in all three instances, then balance will be the result. Your feelings about their treatment is important. Temper your reactions with the spiritual logic of their appropriateness and their service to humanity. Honor them in all three cases.

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle

Dian Fossey's birthday celebrated with a Google doodle
American zoologist played by Sigourney Weaver in the film Gorillas in the Mist would have been 82 on Thursday (16 January 2014)

Monday, February 5, 2007

Worst Ciliwung River Flooding in 10 Years

Monday, 05 February, 2007 | 14:37 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The floods that have been taking place in Jakarta since Friday have broken flood records in Jakarta.

Yesterday (4/1), the fury of the Ciliwung River’s flooding was the worst in the last ten years.

The waters of the Ciliwung flowed into areas that have never been hit by flood, including Jalan Otto Iskandar Dinata.

At the Katulampa Dam, Bogor, at one stage the Ciliwung’s water surface was 250 centimeters above its peak, with water flow speed reaching 637 cubic meters per second.

“These amounts match the flood record in 1996,” said Andi Sudirman, an official at the Katulampa Dam.

In 2002, when Jakarta was hit by larges floods, the water surface at the Katulampa Dam was only 150 centimeter above its peak.

The water flow speed of the Ciliwung upstream was only 276 cubic meters per second.

The fury of the Ciliwung was also seen at the Manggarai floodgate, South Jakarta, where yesterday morning, the water depth was 1,090 centimeters.

“It’s higher compared to in 2002,” said Adie Widodo, a Manggarai floodgate official.

At its peak the water depth in 2002 was only 1,050 centimeters.

As a result, tremendous floods inundated many areas in the capital city yesterday.

In Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta, for example, the flooding was seven meters deep.

The Kalibata Bridge, which the Ciliwung River crosses under, was in danger of being swift away.

Trash clogged up under the bridge made the flow of the river even more powerful.

“The bridge structure trembled. It could end up being swept away,” said Pitoyo Subandrio, Head of Cisadane-Ciliwung River Development Execution.

Due to the Ciliwung River’s continuing ferocity, yesterday Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso declared Jakarta to be on Alert I status.

The governor also opened the Manggarai floodgate heading towards Jakarta Kota, thus putting the State Palace at risk of being flooded.

Up to yesterday, the amount of people who had died because of the flooding rose to 20.

The Search and Rescue team also experienced difficulties in evacuating victims trapped by the floods.

According to Pitoyo, this year the Ciliwung’s overflow is greater than in previous years, and he said, “Seen from the impact, it’s in fact greater.”

The main problem that caused this great overflow is the change in Ciliwung River Watershed zoning.

And it seems as if the fury of the Ciliwung will not subside.

According to the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), rain will continue falling in Jakarta and its surrounding areas, including Ciliwung upstream areas, until February 7.

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