death by paper cut

{September 1, 2009}   right as rain

Afternoon Rain

when not too destructive, rain is a relief from the heat of day. even at night, rain makes you want to snuggle up tighter and sleep tighter. this afternoon, i continued my ravenous reading amidst the delightful downpour.

i love how the wind howls and creates a vortex that lifts and sends the leaves fluttering in an upward spiral. they look like a hundred thousand butterflies.

i love the billowing bellowing black clouds, that’s when the smell of impending rain knocks me out. i am an inhalant so that works for me.

this scent should be bottled up and sold at body shop’s next spring range. this is what how stuff works says about the smell of rain:

As it turns out, the smells people associate with rainstorms can be caused by a number of things. One of the more pleasant rain smells, the one we often notice in the woods, is actually caused by bacteria! Actinomycetes, a type of filamentous bacteria, grow in soil when conditions are damp and warm. When the soil dries out, the bacteria produces spores in the soil. The wetness and force of rainfall kick these tiny spores up into the air where the moisture after a rain acts as an aerosol (just like an aerosol air freshener). The moist air easily carries the spores to us so we breathe them in. These spores have a distinctive, earthy smell we often associate with rainfall. The bacteria is extremely common and can be found in areas all over the world, which accounts for the universality of this sweet “after-the-rain” smell.


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