When in Friburgo I live in a forest. This is not the forest of Germany or of the Northern USA – when you walk there you smell the pines, pine needles on the ground or the smell of whet leaves on the floor of the forest.
Here the forest smells of vegetation, whet vegetation, often rotting vegetation. The smell of mold, mildews and fungus is dominant even in our garden. Outside our fence with the years of buildup from the forest trees and plants the smell of vegetation tells me the life cycle of a sub tropical forest.
Today it has been foggy all day, no rain just whet and it is easy to smell the humidity as it saturates the ground, the trees, the stones. There is a constant turnover of flowers, leaves, seeds (pine nuts) out in the garden. Inside the fence this is kept swept and the ground clean, but there is still signs of the constant moisture. Among all of these smell, on the breeze will come the smell of a lone flower – light and lemony – even the bees can’t resist.
These photos have been taken only during this winter, this dry season.
you got lucky I almost did this post about the smell in the supermarket’s dried meat and fish department.
Yep on the right is pigs feet! YUCK!