Petrichor is the name for that perfectly pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell. It was named by two Australian researchers, who discovered that the smell is an oily essence emitted from rocks or soils. The oil is a complicated mixture of at least fifty different compounds, rather like a perfume.
“But, even in the other pieces, her prose breaks into passages of lyrical beauty that come as a sorely needed revivifying petrichor amid the pitiless glare of callousness and cruelty.” Pradip Bhattacharya; Forest Interludes; Indianest.com; Jul 29, 2001.
Nature is the best perfumer since it has only the most natural of ingredients to work with, no?
Namaste ~ Ella
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Wow, you even managed an example! Making English Teachers everywhere proud! 🙂
Can’t wait for the next one! Then I’ll be learning as I’m reading…just another excuse to read blogs instead of work! 😉
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