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An overnight downpour ends suddenly, leaving the sound of water droplets tapping down onto lower leaves from higher reaches, and puddles shrinking as they are absorbed into the dirt and evaporate under the rising sun, but the jungle’s earthy scent and freshness from the rinse remains, and the greenness of the plant life glows healthy and strong.
As I approach the entrance to Monteverde’s biological reserve in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, my guide, Eric, points out a viper snoozing in the crook of a tree above my head. I look up, but can’t make it out. He slides a tripod off his shoulder, lines up the sight in his telescope, and there appears a long, lime green snake drooping and looping off one side of a branch and the other, fast asleep – or at least not visibly moving in its apparent highly-relaxed state. Maybe it’s as pleased as I am that the June shower has cleared, for now.