The Scent of the Forest

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  1. Beach Hiker

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    After a fairly long absence, I'm back in some real woods.
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    And I was struck by.... the scent.
    Ok, it's spring, so there are more scents than usual. But nevertheless the forest has a particular, pungent sweet, slightly heavy smell.
    After a short time I couldn't smell it anymore (that's a problem/benefit of human noses), but it was sweet while it lasted.
    And the sea has it's own scent -and sound- as well.
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    Forest and ocean: two of the best scents on earth.
     
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    Agreed. Cedar and salt is where it's at for me.:dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I think the smell of fresh rain helps both those places have memorable smells. :)
     
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    And.... apologies to city folk... but most cities also have a particular..... scent.
     
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    It probably is the scent of sap rising. I notice it every spring, especially early in, when the birch sap starts rising. An unmistakeable sweet scent. What I always enjoy, is when the soil starts to thaw. The first scent of soil in spring. Less pleasant is the scent of the lakes, when the ice melts; a faint, yet pungent smell of decay. I guess the methan is being released from under the ice.
    As for the forest, I am guessing pine and spruce? I know pine here has a very distinct, sweet and heavy scent, which can be overpowering on hot summer days.
     
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    Oh man the smell of the woods is the best!! For me the spring smells and general smell of the woods can get me out of the foulest of moods.
     
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    Exactly. Sometimes it's pungent enough to be mildly displeasing for a moment or two.
     
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    The smell of spring. :) When spring arrives, I know it the moment I walk out of the door. Even if the snow has not started to melt. Oh yeah!

    Summer scents though, the smell of a pine forest on a hot summer day. The lazy days of summer, stretched out on a hammock, a warm breeze blowing. :) Those are days to live for! :)
     
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    Ohh yeah.... when the air is stifling hot, making it hard to breath, that same air is filled with the buzzing of hordes of big mosquitos, the ground crawling with large, red forestants, wherever you make contact with the ground and where offtrail walks are guaranteed to see your pants crawling with ticks....
    Those are the days that make me long for winter! ;)
     
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    I love the smell of lily-of-the-valley, and that special scent that comes when everything starts to "green up".
     
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    MMMMM... The smell of Spring. Even the smell of thawing dog and goose poop is glorious! haha!!
     
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    I enjoy the all smells of the outdoors, except fresh cut grass, because I know my allergies will start acting up in bout 3 seconds. joe
     
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    Here on the coast of Maine, the smell of balsam fir and salt air does it for me!

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    Funny how important and pleasurable the natural things are. All we have to pay is attention. I can afford that.
     
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    “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere" Laura Ingalls Wilder
     
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    You know, it's just too darn beautiful where you live! :)
     
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    Perspective my friend, perspective. :18:
     
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    I always take a minute or two to take in the smells of the outdoors, especially on camping trips in the sticks. I do that because in less then an hour there's just the smells of a camp. I love the smell of campfire smoke, I just like to take a few minutes and enjoy everything else.

    I love to just go sit by the creek near me, for some reason I always feel like I can smell the water ( and no, it's not a sewage drain, already leaning there are some jokesters on here ), probably just imagination, but it helps ease the restless mind.

    My wife and I took our honeymoon this past October, went to a touristy area near Mystic, CT ( ate at a few places on the water ), but also made the trek around the bay into RI to a beach. I was looking forward to the smell of salt water ( only been to the ocean a few times, but that smell has stuck with me in memory through the years ) and was pretty disappointed that the water had the smell of a local lake back here and not the ocean. My only reasoning would be the bay was actually more fresh water then salt water.
     
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    I'm inland, too far away to smell the ocean so I will substitute the aroma of coffee in the woods! Two of my favorites.
     
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    NEVER!!! Haha!
    Pine is my favorite... but I grew up in a Pine forest
     
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    I enjoy the scent of skunk from a distance. Is that odd?
     
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    If I go north, I'm in a pine forest, if I go south, I'm in the Gulf of Mexico. I love the smell of both.
     
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    Since I've only seen the ocean from afar, I cannot speak to it's scent. But a pine forest? Freshwater lake? Mixed wood forest? Aahhhhh!

    Oh, and yes, that first spring thunderstorm!
     
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    That's really beautiful. Is that the Baltic Sea? We live in a forest, and every morning when I go out to feed the chickens I get to smell the earth and the trees, and hear the birds. When it's very quiet I can hear the little river, about 1/4 mile away.

    Snow on the mountains last month.
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    This right here is when you know someone has had waaay to much Winter!
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    Just being your regular, everyday, run of the mill sunshine kind of guy here... ;)
     
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    It is indeed the Baltic.
     
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    Aww, c'mon! I figured everyone loved the smell of molten asphalt & diesel fuel. NOT! :26:

    Personally, I hate city smells. Except for on race day. I love the smell of burning rubber & tires smoking down the track. :D[​IMG]

    In honesty, I'd much rather enjoy the smells or nature. Out in the woods. At the beach, Or on top of the highest peak. Makes no difference to me. I'm there! :)
     
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    Years ago a friend of mine whose family owned a sardine packing plant in Lubec sent out his wedding invitations in sealed sardine cans which included the salt and pine air smell.
     
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    I live in GM factory city BUT I live next door to a lumber mill. When they do whatever it is they do over there, it makes the whole neighbourhood smell like campfire. :D It's so much better then when I lived near the sewage treatment plant in downtown Toronto. BLECK! haha!
     
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    it might be odd, but you're not alone. faint skunk aroma, and a light hint of cow manure are even pleasing to me! remind me of where i grew up...

    the best is the light smell of a running stream, or fresh turned earth like working in the garden.
     
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    It's always good to get out in to the woods it's the best place to be in my mind. Prov 27:17
     
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    My favorite is being in my hammock at night in a pine forest with a gentle rain falling. Doesn't get better than that.
     
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    The sense of smell can do amazing things, drawing out memories as though they were yesterday. :)

    Examples:

    The smell of a diesel starting up in the morning. Brings my mind right back to my early teens, and logging. Driving through the cutting area and smelling the exhaust from the equipment running and warming up. In later years when I operated a dozer and excavator too. My wife grew up on a farm, and the exhaust smell brings her back to hot summer hay making.

    Skunks. Yes. A very faint trace, and I do mean faint, makes me think of lemonade for some reason.

    When I open the tool box I inherited from my dad, the smell of grease and steel immediately puts my mind back to a young man who would hand him tools when he was fixing things.

    And the hot pine forest mentioned above in an earlier post of mine? The days of old, when I was a young boy and the summers were endless and the weather was always perfect, in memory at least. :)
     
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    I remember camping with a couple friends up on Cape Bretton island and walking down a path to the Atlanta ocean side. The 3 of us would take a week or so off every year at the end of October and go camping somewhere. Hiking down that path, all you could smell was fresh pine in the clear crisp air. To this day, if I'm somewhere and there is a pine scent in the air, I can close me eyes and go back to that trail.
     

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