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 9, 2009

Most parts of Semarang inundated, airport closed

Suherdjoko, THE JAKARTA POST, SEMARANG | Mon, 02/09/2009 9:30 AM

Waterway: Residents of Karang Binangun district in Lamongan, East Java, ride on a boat as they navigate a flooded alley near their homes on Sunday. Heavy rains and an overflow from the Bengawan Solo River have inundated at least 55 homes in the area. ANTARA/SYAIFUL ARIF

Floods sparked by torrential rains that began Saturday evening have inundated most parts of Semarang, Central Java, including many densely-populated residential areas in the city.

Water levels reached between 50 centimeters and 1.5 meters, paralyzing road and rail networks. The Ahmad Yani airport was likewise forced to close as its runway was submerged.

The heavy rains caused a landslide in the Bukit Talang area of Bedanduwur, Gajah Mungkur district, killing Heri, a local resident.

Hundreds of people living nearby were forced to evacuate for fear of more landslides.

“I’m fortunate as my son Deva was freed. He had been trapped in his room by mud which reached up to his waist,” Yuli Asmanto, the owner a rented house which was damaged by the landslide, said.

The flooding also affected Sawah Besar in Gayamsari district, which usually suffers during the rainy season.

Most residents were forced to evacuate as the waist high water levels showed no signs of abating. The rains stopped for a brief period on Sunday morning but began again in the afternoon.

Many residents were seen bringing their valuable belongings with them in their cars.

Members of the search and rescue team had been deployed with their rubber dinghies, while police officers spread throughout the city, preventing the residents from entering dangerous areas.

Waters began to rise in Lamper early Sunday morning. “The water starting entering the house at 2 a.m. Even though I have raised the floor by 50 centimeters, the flood reached the house. But the next morning the water had subsided,” Yudi Wijanarko, who lives on Jl. Rambutan in Lamper, said.

The flood has totally paralyzed the Ahmad Yani Airport. General Manger of state airport management company PT Angkasa Pura, I Bambang Suwastono, explained that the rain forced the managed to close the airport all day Sunday.

A 13 centimeter deep puddle covered about 500 meters of the runway.

Train services also came to a halt. Spokesman for state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api’s Semarang operation, Warsono, said that schedules of 10 trains were affected.

Seven of the 10 trains were rerouted to southern lines, while the other three were trapped in the middle of the journeys, he said.

“Several trains coming from the west were trapped in Tegal, but managed to be rerouted on to the Purwokerto lane to Yogyakarta. Meanwhile, the trains coming from the east were rerouted to go south through Solo and Yogyakarta,” Warsono said.

Warsono further explained that he did not want to drop passengers in small stations because they would not be able to take other alternative means of transport, as road networks were also flooded.

In Kaliwungu, police were forced to stop motorists from entering Semarang from the west because most roads were inundated.

“We actually wanted to meet with my friend, but we were trapped in Kaliwungu. We had to take a U turn and go home,” Awaludin, from Pekalongan, said.

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