Snake Scare

It was our gardener’s assistant who sounded the alarm. The undergardener had been clearing underbrush behind the laundry drying area in the far corner of our “plantel”. El plantel is the level area of a property on which people build their homes. In our mountainous Central Costa Rican neighborhoods, a pantel is usually carved out of the face […]

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Pouring Green

During the green season everything around us is green. The landscape is verdant, lush and aromatic. The proverbial tropical paradise. This opulence comes at a price. Most vegetation, or flora, as we retired biologists like to call it, thrives best under wet conditions. Our green season is so lush, because ‘green’ is a euphemism for ‘rainy’ – […]

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