These sanctuaries become ever more contracted and fewer in number, yet they continue to fill with the refugees of the mountain.
The predators know this too and they close in to slake their own ravening thirst.
For now the promise of the rains has receded over the far western horizon and this hope has been replaced by dazzling blue sky bereft of cloud.
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Photo: Tree frog at el Chorito. Courtesy of the author.