If you’ll take the time and pleasure to sniff the air, you’ll realize that each season has it’s own distinctive smells. Winter has the sharp sting of air soaked with ice and snow. Springtime features cooling rains, awakening of new blossoms and whiffs of early meadows. Summer fills the nostrils with the full, heated scents of all of nature’s odors.
Autumn months, as they stretch from summer’s heat into winter’s cold, often feature all of the year’s smells. However, when we experience those wonderful moments in time, we realize that autumn also has very distinctive odors.
1. Dry leaves: The crackling of the colorful dry Autumn leaves as they are raked have a pleasant woodsy smell.
2. Campfires: Autumn gatherings around the sparkling fire produce many sniffing joys. There are the odors of broiling sausages and frankfurters, followed by the sweet smell of toasting marshmallows.
3. Backyard barbecues: These wonderful autumn family occasions also have their own distinctive smells. There are the odors coming from the grill as burgers, chickens and hot dogs crackle over the fire. Along with them in the coals below come the different smoky smells of roasting corn and potatoes.
4. Autumn sports events: Those attending football games will experience the smell of the wooden stands, big yellow mums, and wool and leather clothing. Along with the crowd cheers, vendors fill the stadium air with the odors of popcorn, chips, sodas and the inevitable hot dogs. Additionally, just outside the stadium, the tailgate parties are surrounded by similar cooking odors, along with sharper smells of sausages and beer.
5. Hay rides: For more intimate autumn smells and experiences, the traditional ride on the back of a wagon full of new-mown hay can be a great way to celebrate the season when you can bundle up with someone warm on a crisp, moon-lit autumn night.
6. Wet dog shake: Not everyone would consider it a pleasant autumn smell, but nothing says goodbye better to one season and introduces the next. When your best friend wiggles off the water after your final summer swim in the lake, you know the trees will soon do the same with their leaves.