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)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Orchid centers opened in Bogor

Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor | Fri, 08/06/2010 11:29 AM

Two orchid nurseries were opened in Bogor regency Thursday, aimed at helping farmers gain access to quality seeds at an affordable price.

The head of the Indonesian Orchid Association (PAI), Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, who is also the wife of former vice president Jusuf Kalla, said at the inauguration ceremony that the centers were aimed at cultivating quality Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis families of orchids because the two varieties were still imported.

"Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis are the two most wanted species of orchid because of their showy flowers and affordable prices. Therefore we will breed the seeds here so we can distributed them to orchid farmers throughout Indonesia at cheaper prices," Mufidah said.

The centers, which were established by Mufidah and Riantini Sofjan Wanandi as shareholders, serve two different purposes.

The 12-hectare center in Gunung Geulis is for seedlings and the 16-hectare plot in Citeko is for blooming.

The ceremony was attended by former vice president Jusuf Kalla, the Indonesian Employers Association chairman Sofjan Wanandi, Agriculture Ministry Horticulture Director General Ahmad Dimyati and a group of Taiwan orchid stakeholders led by Tainan County magistrate Su Huan Chih.

Mufidah said orchid farmers in Indonesia faced obstacles including seeds that were mostly imported from Taiwan and complex regulations and bureaucracy.

Some orchid farmers have highlighted the difficulties they faced in getting permission to establish of orchid gardens as well as the flexible fees needed to get the permission, leading to high production costs.

Riantini said Indonesian farmers would reap benefits if orchid seeds could be bred domestically with technical assistance from the Taiwan Orchid Association.

"We really expect cooperation with the Taiwan Orchid Association to go smoothly so we can develop a good orchid conservation program," she said.

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