I started thinking about defining the smell of spring after smelling it for the first time this year. I assume everyone’s definition of what spring smells like is unique. I chuckled at the result of typing “spring scent” into a search engine. Many types of air fresheners and laundry products came up. Obviously we think a lot of this scent to reproduce it in so many ways.
I don’t think the scent of spring is overwhelmingly floral. For me it’s a deep, earthy smell of soil that is saturated with water, decomposition and life. It’s the first breath soil has after prolonged freezing and snow cover. As the ground warms, organisms start to grow and reproduce again and this is a good thing. The smell of soil is a promise. It means things are happening that will eventually impact so many other things that benefit us, including those delicious smelling spring blossoms.
My definition calls for the smell of spring flowers after the smell of thawing ground. It’s a second phase and with warmer days ahead, we’re moving in the right direction. For now, I’m enjoying the smell of soil, the hues of spring and the songs of birds. Red hues have appeared on trees as buds on the ends of branches swell. Songs from Robins and Cardinals consume my early morning thoughts. Soon, the smell of the crab trees in front of my house will overwhelm my senses. I look forward to their sweet blossoms.
What changes are you observing? What do you see, smell and hear?