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)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Cold lava, floods hit East Java

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, The Jakarta Post, Lumajang

Heavy rains over the past week have resulted in cold lava flows on Mount Semeru, worrying Lumajang regency administration in East Java, which is now preparing for heavy floods.

Local disaster mitigation agency head Zainul Aini said the administration had set up a number of command posts in disaster-prone areas and mobilized 50 members from the disaster mitigation coordination unit.

"The officers will be assisted by 10 members from the rapid disaster anticipation unit, in addition to 15 men from each district. They are tasked with directly monitoring risky areas," said Zainal on Monday.

The administration is focusing on seven districts regarded as being at the greatest risk, encompassing the Besuk Sat, Besuk Kabokan, Besuk Kembar and Besuk Bang river delta areas, which are located in Pasrujambe, Kedungjajang, Pronojiwo, Ngadipuro, Tempeh, Pasirian and Yosowilangun districts.

Zainul said the riverflow areas were the main paths of cold lava from Mount Semeru and that volcanic material such as sand and rocks had been pouring down the mountain since March 23.

His office has advised residents living along rivers to be alert to the risk of floods and cold lava flow.

The office has also urged hundreds of traditional sand miners in those areas to be wary.

"The Lumajang administration cannot prohibit them (from working), but only urge them to be careful in carrying out their activities," said Zainul.

Earlier reports said that a cold lava flow had destroyed a 20-meter stretch of river dikes in Pasru Jambe district and a bridge in Pandansari village.

Mount Semeru's status is classified as "alert". Images in February showed thin white sulfurous gas from medium to high pressure at a height of 25 to 75 meters above its crater, while 107 eruptions have occurred, spewing gray smoke at medium to high pressure at 300 to 600 meters above the crater. Crater growth and molten lava has not been observed since February.

In Malang, Vice Regent Rendra Kresna said flash floods on March 23 stemming from the Lesti River, a tributary of the Barantas River, engulfed the Wajak, Turen, Poncokromo and Dampit districts. A resident of Sananrejo village, Sumai, 48, was killed when he was swept away by currents after being hit by a falling tree.

The floods also damaged seven bridges, three irrigation dams, hundreds of hectares of crops and water pipes.

In Yogyakarta, the Volcanology Research and Development Agency has reinstalled reflectors at Mount Merapi -- the most active volcano in the world -- that were destroyed and buried by lava during the eruption in 2006, which killed two volunteers.

"We have reinstalled 10 reflectors at the observation posts on the southern and western slopes of the mountain," said agency head Ratdomopurbo on Monday, adding their presence had accelerated observation activities accurately and rapidly, such as monitoring magma movement and crater deformation.

He said that despite a drop in volcanic activity, the volcano could still pose a risk in the form of cold lava flows. "It still contains a million cubic meters of material at its peak that could fall down," said Ratdomopurbo.

-- Slamet Susanto contributed to the story from Yogyakarta.

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