It smells alive when it rains.  Earth long dry and trees parched from the summer sun seem to inhale the rain and exhale a scent so intoxicating I will stand outside in a downpour just to breathe it in.

They call that scent petrichor, a word coined by Australian researchers in 1964 and based on the Greek words petra (rock) and ichor (the blood of gods).  I cannot think of a more fitting word to describe a scent so rooted in heaven and earth at the same time.

—Julie Johnson, The Bulletin, August 3, 2013


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