Today, for me, is one of those perfect rainy season mornings. The sky is blue, with puffy clouds in the distance. I’m sitting on our patio, drinking my coffee, watching and listening to all the activity going on around me. Our cats are mesmerized by movements in our flower beds – geckos and insects mostly – and the squirrels jumping from tree to tree.
Though I can hear the traffic on the Pista, what has my attention are all of the bird sounds. There are Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds squawking as they feed on the nearby flowers. Large brown and yellow Montezuma Oropendolas fly through the trees and make the branches shudder when they land while making their turkey-sounding call. And then there is the distinctive call of the Wood Rails who are our frequent visitors, and the non-stop symphony of other birds I’ve yet to identify. The birds are the first things I hear in the morning and the last I hear before falling asleep.
I am also aware of the other creatures with which we share this space. There is a huge bumblebee just now flitting between the flowers. And over there is a caterpillar inching its way across the patio. Butterflies float through, including the brilliant Blue Morphos which we are lucky enough to have in our area. And then there is the chirping of frogs which I hear but never see.
There is so much LIFE here in Costa Rica. Perhaps there was as much life going on back at our home in Baltimore. But there, I rarely had the time to just sit and observe it, or the weather was too hot, or too cold, or there were too many mosquitoes for me to enjoy it for long. Here in Costa Rica, the weather in the Central Valley is almost always comfortable, and I have the time on most days to just be. What a great gift our life here has turned out to be!