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, October 22, 2010

Merapi showing increasing volcanic activity: Research center

Slamet Susanto, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta | Fri, 10/22/2010 10:28 AM

Since it was declared under alert status on Sept. 23, 2010, Mount Merapi has continued to show increasing volcanic activity.

Mt. Merapi July 2005
According to head of the Volcanic Technology Development and Research Center (BPPTK) Yogyakarta, Subandrio, Merapi, which borders Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, it has been changing form as a result of pressure from its magma fluid, which is seeking a way out.

“The deforming is speeding up. It swells every day,” Subandrio said.

He added that compared to the deformation the volcano experienced ahead of the latest 2006 eruptions, which claimed two lives, the deformation this time was more rapid as shown on the four reflectors installed at its peak.

The BPPTK has installed a total of 16 reflectors at the peak of Mt. Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, to help monitor its volcanic activities.

Deformation, according to Subandrio, occurs because of the movement of magma fluid, both in the form of liquid and gas, which pushes volcanic rocks upward to the peak.

“Merapi is getting fatter, like a person that is fed too much food,” he said, adding that the changing form of the volcano currently had reached 9 centimeters but the direction was still unpredictable.

Subandrio also said that the prediction regarding Merapi’s eruption cannot be made as the time needed by the magma to reach the peak and to form a lava dome and then to erupt cannot be predicted as well.

“It’s different from Mt. Kelud in [East Java], in which the magma pressure would prompt eruptions. For Merapi it is difficult to predict as anything is possible,” he explained.

Because Merapi’s eruption process is very complex and anything is possible, Subandrio warned, preparedness from both the local administrations and community is urgent and has to be well planned.

“People living on the slopes of Merapi have to be very cautious as quick changes in volcanic activity is possible although it remains on alert status,” he said.

BPPTK’s observation data Tuesday shows the volcano experienced 201 mass phase earthquakes (MP), 5 inner volcanic earthquakes (VA), 18 shallow volcanic earthquakes (VB) and 52 lava materials spewing.

People living on the slope of the volcano have been told to prepare for the worst.

“[The people’s] activities remain normal but alertness must be increased and coordination must be undertaken in case of disaster,” said Heri Suprapto, head of Kepuharjo subdistrict, Cangkringan district, Sleman regency, located Merapi’s slopes.

Eruption: Mt. Merapi eruption in 2006. -- AP

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