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My Name is Krista.
I am an Apostolic Pentecostal.
I have long hair, and I don't believe I will ever cut it.
I believe in the Bible.
I believe in living a holy life. Sin is my enemy, not my nature.
I believe in Jesus name baptism.
I believe in the Infillinf of the Holy Ghost as evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.
I believe God is one. I do not believe in the triuness of God.

What you see in my blog is a reflection of the things that move me, spiritually and emotionally.

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Watch two legged Boxer Duncan Lou Who on his first trip to the beach:

Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can’t stand to use it. So we let him be free and just walk on his two legs. There is some slow motion in this video, but NONE of the video has been sped up, this gives you an idea of how fast Duncan really is.

When Duncan’s puppy video went viral in November 2013, rescue owner Amanda Giese noted that he was doing physical therapy and hydrotherapy daily. By the look of this video, the exercise and therapy are paying off.

In the archives: two legged Chihuahua Josie gets her wheels and Paul McCarthy’s 3-D printed hand.

via Viral Viral Videos.

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When camping, it’s good to know how to enjoy nature while keeping nature protected and out of your stuff. With this in mind, grizzly bears Ozzy and Bruno team up with ZooMontana keeper Krystal Whetham to demonstrate how easy it is for bears to wreck a campsite when campers leave food around.

Related reading: Make Your Food Bear Safe When Camping

Also: watch more bears and see what they like to do when humans aren’t around.

via Devour.

Tagged: bearzooanimalscampingfoodnaturesafety18thMarch2014March 18th 2014


Maron and Fleur. Two Pretty Stylish Poodles.

Tagged: DiaAnimalsPetsDogsPoodlesClothesDogs Wearing Clothesjapan25thFebruary2014February 25th 2014JustDia


From PBS’ Ireland’s Wild River, this is how the vibrantly-colored, diving Kingfisher hunts for fish on the River Shannon.

Our favorite bird videos include this frenetic feeding frenzy off the South African coast, releasing an eagle back into the wilds of Kansas, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s stunning Birds of Paradise project.

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Watch this Kiwi chick hatch from an egg at Auckland Zoo. This is the season’s second hatchling for BNZ Operation Nest Egg, a program that collects the eggs of endangered and critically endangered wild kiwi. Hatched and protected until they are big enough to return to their native populations, this process has increased their chance of surviving to adulthood to 65%, up from just 5% in the wild.

Watch more videos of birds, zoos, and eggs, including this very different kind of hatching video: the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect.

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The universe, underwater creatures, and great dinosaurs come alive in sand. Dessin sur sable (sand drawings) by Jin Lee: Evolution of Earth.

via Daily Picks and Flicks.

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An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University are trying to do just that. So how exactly do moles move so much dirt around as they tunnel underground?

From The New York Times’ ScienceTake: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion.

Related locomotion videos: the design and movement of slithering snakes, a 600lb octopus and a goshawk can fit through tiny spaces, and Sir David Attenborough introduces the naked mole rat.

via @bittelmethis.

Tagged: ScienceTakescienceresearchanimalsmolemotionLocomotionforcephysicsswimmingundergrounddirteating4thFebruary2014February 4th 2014JustDia


We’ve posted quite a few videos about bees and honey — it’s one of our favorite subjects — but none have explained it start-to-finish. These two harvest videos come close, but this How It’s Made: Honey episode covers the rest.

Watch more than 160 videos about how things are made.

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The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brown-headed cowbird near a bison, a Botta’s pocket gopher peeking from a burrow, or a Blue Echo Butterfly on a flower. These smaller details in scenes get as much attention from museum staff as the central figures. 

Above, the American Museum of Natural History's Conservation Fellow Bethany Palumbo describes how she studied museum specimens of the Blue Echo to recreate it using a mix of photocopying, hand painting, and sculpting with layers of glue.

New York’s AMNH made a series of excellent videos about their dioramas from their 2012 restoration efforts

Every detail was studied for accuracy, down to the cougar’s whisker texture:

Even the shadows, background paintings, and native grasses demand proper attention to detail. After new, energy-efficient lights were installed, museum artist Stephen C. Quinn even altered the slight color variations of the crushed marble dust “snow” to better represent the moon shadows in the Wolf Diorama

Related watching: Ancient Ancestors Come to Life, How to Make a Large Crocodile Sculpture, Anatomy of Preservation, and Paleontology 101.

h/t Sagan Sense.

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In this episode, Songs for Unusual Creatures investigates the wonderful but rarely-spotted Magnapinna Squid, as well as the horn music that it has inspired.

While the deep sea Magnapinna or Big Fin Squid has only been captured on video a few times, you might have already seen it in this rather stunning viral video from an oil drilling site in 2007. It’s long tentacles have been witnesses to be 20x the length of its body, possibly around 23-26 feet long in total.

More squid goodness in the archives: the grimalditeuthis bonplandi and the vampire squid. Plus: more Songs for Unusual Creatures.

Tagged: marine biologymarine lifeanimalswaterunderwatersquidmusicinstrumentssongs for unusual creaturestrombonepbshawaii17thJanuary2014January 17th 2014JustDia


In this time lapse video, nature history and prehistoric life modeler Gary Staab studies, welds, sculpts, and paints to create a large crocodile sculpture with his team. Staab has worked for clients like National Geographic, the American Museum of Natural History, Walt Disney Animation, and the Smithsonian. This sculpture will tour the United States in an exhibition called “Crocs — Ancient Predators in a Modern World.”

Related watching: paleo-artist John GurcheFlorentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark), and The Secret Story of Toys.

Thanks, Michael.

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Watch the flight paths of starlings as they make computer-assisted trails across the sky above the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Artist Dennis Hlynsky filmed them (and otherswith a Lumix GH2 and then used After Effects to make their paths more visible from their own visually-echoed image. A time-lapse of sorts…

Related watching: swarms.

via kottke.

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Kaia is a dog that clearly loves to run trails, and it looks like Bryan Gregory, her mountain biker, is working hard just to keep up with her. Bryan and Kaia, filmed by Foxwood Films.

Related watching: more running in Jim Henson’s Run, Run, and lots of dog videos.

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A crab finds a small video camera set up outside of its hole in Fiji. The crab decides to take the camera home

Related watching: gopro on a hula hoopon a trombone, and on a Hello Kitty rocket to the sky

via Sploid.

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Baby river otters don’t know how to swim when they’re born! In this April 2013 video from the Oregon Zoo, meet Molalla the Baby River Otter and his mother Tilly as she gives him a few lessons.

"It might look kind of scary to a casual observer," (keeper Becca) Van Beek said. “She’ll grab Mo by the scruff of the neck and dunk him in the water. But that’s a very natural behavior. Baby otters are extremely buoyant, so Mo has built-in water wings for his swim lessons. This is how baby otters learn to swim, and it’s exactly what we’ve been hoping to see.”

Related reading: sea otter vs river otter. Then watch videos of more babies and a few more otters.

Thanks, Michael.

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