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, November 18, 2013

Mount Merapi Erupts Sending Ash Cloud as Far as Solo

Jakarta Globe, November 18, 2013

Mount Merapi near Yogyakarta erupted on Nov. 18 at sunrise, forcing villagers to
temporarily leave their homes. (JG Photo/Boy T Harjanto)

The Central Java volcano Mount Merapi erupted early Monday morning, forcing villagers to evacuate their homes as wind carried a cloud of ash down the eastern and southeastern slopes of the volcano.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman of the Solo office of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said the eruption took place between 4:50 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., and that the agency had detected a series of small seismic quakes in the minutes before the volcano erupted.

Sutopo said in a written statement that this morning’s event shared similar characteristics with the 2,914-meter-high volcano’s July 22 eruption, but that the latest was marginally stronger. The eruption had softened by mid morning and the agency was evaluating whether Merapi would continue to pose a risk.

The ash cloud blew as far as Solo and blanketed Boyolali in ash. Villagers in Glagahharjo, Sleman, and several small communities around Boyolali’s Selo subdistrict left their homes to fixed evacuation points. The affected residents, were, however, able to return to their homes by mid morning.

The Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Agency (BPPTKG) in Yogyakarta said that the ash traveled as far as 61.9 kilometers from the peak.

“Multi-phased quakes occurred 10 times before 04.58 but at on insignificant scales. No volcanic quake was recorded before the ash eruption,” said Lasiman, an officer at the Merapi Monitoring Post in Kaliurang.

Mount Merapi’s last major eruption was in October, 2010 when an ash cloud killed 32 people on its slope and forced more than 50,000 people to flee their homes.

—With additional reporting by Ari Susanto

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