June 2, 2006

Humidity and Scents

Dew on a Leaf, by Solar Police
The humidity of early summer air and its frequent rains magnify and enhance the power of scents and perfumes, as it also works to moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.

The rains of early summer  beautify the air even when they keep recurring over a string of hot nights  bringing loud thunder and lightening.

Someone I know once remarked on a big storm that it seemed like a piece of time had has been swept away, and I have thought of it that way ever since.  The refreshment of the aftermath uplifts us psychologically, and sensually.

There are  perfumes that aim to give the impression of rain, but that particular smell is difficult to capture accurately in all its subtlety and dimension. The air itself holds the best of it, as it does the scent of dewy flowers.

Summer is when we can go out and directly experience nature without reservation, to reconnect with primal sensual elements, such as the smell of rain, the warmth of the sun on skin and hair bringing out their fragrances, the freshly opened flowers of the season, and the humidity bringing out the smell of wet earth.

Just like placing pebbles in water intensifies and fully reveals the stone's color, so does humidity intensify the sense of smell.

Photo Image Above from Wikipedia Commons, Dew on a Leaf by Solar Police.

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