Fragrance Quote December 27th, 2011 from Rambles of a Canadian naturalist By Samuel Thomas Wood

Fragrance Quote December 27th, 2011 from Rambles of a Canadian naturalist By Samuel Thomas Wood

The odour of burning leaves is in the air. There is a natural freshness about it that prompts the expansion of the lungs. It seems an assurance of a wave of real air in the midst of the sulphurous fumes of a thousand chimneys and the penetrating dust of the abraded streets. The smoke of the leaves seems but a strengthening of the natural leafy smell that fills the naked woods, where the scattered foliage is returning again to the earth to enrich it for a new season's growth. There is no more satisfying forest odour than the exhalations from the fallen leaves, when they spread the moist, misty warmth of Indian summer among the rugged trunks and naked shrubbery. They seem to give forth again the breath of life that made the spring an invitation.