How Conifers Scent the Moist Air After a Shower

Have you ever strolled through a forest after a rain and enjoyed the fresh scent of pine? An aroma simultaneously soothing and invigorating. A smell reminiscent of vacations spent in the mountains, or evening walks through groves of conifers in a city park.

A feature in DownEast – The Magazine of Maine, recently shared how balsam, fir, hemlock, spruce, pine, cedar infuse the air with their tonic of resinous scent after storms or showers.

It seems in the fleeting fraction of a second, when the raindrops hit the ground, they flatten into pancakes and trap miniscule bubbles that rise, pulling with them the smell of the needle-strewn ground beneath the trees and then burst, bathing the area in their own perfume.

Nature’s own atomizer.

Retreating Thunderclouds Hopefully Make Way for Pleasant Summer Days Ahead

Cumulonimbus are simultaneously threatening and lovely. Sunset tints these evening stormclouds pink as they retreat after a week of heavy rains.

We’ve had our share of precipitation and occasional heavy storms this spring. Hopefully the upcoming summer holds more balanced weather.