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, January 16, 2007

Life is sweet at height of rambutan season

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Despite the congested roads, record-high temperatures and other seasonal complaints, a wide variety of fruits are available in the city in January.

One of the most popular is rambutan or hairy lychee (Nephelium lappaceum L.).

The bright red spiny fruit is easy to spot at markets and roadside stalls city-wide.

Udin, a vendor at Palmerah market, Central Jakarta, said he sold one-and-a-half kilogram bunches of Rambutan for Rp 5,000 (about 60 US cents).

He sells more than 500 bunches a day.

"Rambutan is a seasonal fruit but it's most people's favorite," said the man who used to sell drinks at Pulo Gadung bus terminal.

He said mangosteen and duku (Lansium domesticum) -- which has a hard brownish outer covering and sweet whitish flesh -- also came into season in January.

"Selling rambutan is more profitable," he said, adding that he made Rp 200,000 a day.

He said he got his rambutan from plantations in Subang and Bekasi, West Java.

"I always make sure the fruit is fresh."

Another rambutan vendor, Oji, had a similar story.

"I make between Rp 150,000 and 200,000 a day."

He said he bought between 700 and 1,000 bunches a day from an orchard in Rangkasbitung, West Java.

"Thank God, I sell out every day."

Duryat, a resident of Kemandoran, West Jakarta, said he bought three bunches of rambutan over the weekend.

"We're going to have a family gathering at my nephew's house upon his return from the haj. I chose rambutan because everybody likes them."

Aside from fruits that are stocked according to the season, a selection of other fruits, like apples and oranges, are available year round.

Some vendors choose to steer clear of seasonal fruits altogether.

Wagiyem, who has a stall at Pasar Minggu market, South Jakarta, for example, sells nothing but oranges, apples, kelengkeng (small lychees) and grapes.

"I like to keep it simple because so many other vendors sell seasonal fruits, like rambutan, nowadays."

She sells oranges, apples, kelengkeng and grapes for Rp 10,000, Rp 12,000, Rp 18,000 and Rp 40,000 per kilogram, respectively.

She said she was afraid of offering more variety because she runs the stall single-handedly.

"I'm not as young as I was, and I work alone," said the 65-year-old.

She said she made about Rp 800,000 a day -- sometimes more.

"But if there are not many buyers, I take home less than Rp 500,000.

"Sometimes I don't even know how much money I make because I spend it straightaway on fruit for the next day," said the woman, who, like most vendors in Pasar Minggu procure their fruit from Kramat Jati wholesale market in East Jakarta.

"We go to the market as a group, in the back of a pickup truck. We don't go every day -- usually every two days is enough."

Buyers reinforce concerns regarding the need to improve the level of quality and consistency of the fruits sold at city markets.

Price is the first consideration of Istiqomah, a resident of Cipinang, East Jakarta.

"I like all kinds of fruit. Really I don't care what I buy, so long as it's cheap," she said while selecting some apples at a stall in Pasar Minggu market.

She said she preferred shopping at traditional markets because she could bargain the prices down.

"I've got a good deal on these apples," she confided.

But a shopper at a fruit store in Pancoran, South Jakarta -- who asked not to be named -- said she hated haggling over prices.

"It's easier to go to the supermarket," she said, adding that vendors in traditional markets routinely marked up their prices.

"Buyers should be alert to the fact that it's easy to deceive them if they don't know the market price," she said, putting a packet of durian in her trolley.

"I always get my fruit from here because it's close to home."

She said she was not particularly sensitive to environment but prioritized convenience.

"Take this durian, for example, I don't have to peel the prickly rind off, I can just eat it."

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