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Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Bricks

Just a few drops last week in our rain-challenged state. I was surprised when I checked my rain figures that we had 24" last year, but 41" the year before. I'm hoping we get more rain this year. The early drops of rain like this are heavenly…the smell…the most wonderful example of this is rain in the Baja California desert. When the rain comes, it's in big quantities. You can almost watch the desert bloom, and it's ambrosial.

4 comments:

pranaglider said...

Amen

Anonymous said...

nice picture...makes me smile.

wolflahti said...

Petrichor!

Lloyd Kahn said...

Thanks wolfhati; didn't know that.
"Petrichor…is the scent of rain on dry earth. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning stone + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.
The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature.… In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, a metabolic by-product of bacteria, which is emitted by wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present if there is lightning.…" - Wikipedia

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