And the word of the day is – petrichor

This is something I discovered recently, and is a woefully underused word, though it’s been around a long time. It’s the fantastically evocative word that describes the ineffable smell of earth after rain, that rich, earthy scent that rises from baked soil when the first showers of summer strike.

You don’t really get petrichor in England; the best you can get is a faint hint of it during a summer shower, but in Bangalore in April, when the first huge cumulo-nimbus thunderheads start to build up with the promise of summer thunderstorms and then dump their shiver-inducing load of rain on parched, dusty fields and streets, then petrichor abounds.

Mixing stone with the fluid that runs in the veins of the gods; what a heady mix.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrichor

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