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Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Smell the rain?

I came across this picture today:


It's called Le Manege de Monsieur Barre, by Robert Doisneau and when I saw it, I was almost transported onto the square. Even though it's in black and white.
I'm almost sure I can hear the rain coming down on the merry-go-round. It must have been one of those sudden French rains that you never see coming. An hour later, the sun would be back and people would start popping out of their hiding places.

You can practically see the water run towards the drain on the right, and then there's that smell...

I had to know what that rain smell was, and Google gave me this:

"There are two main smells associated with rain. The first is ozone which can be produced by lightning. This has an acrid smell. The common rain smell is a gas called petrichor. Volatiles evaporate from plants and are absorbed by rocks, concrete etc. When the rain hits the rock, the volatiles are released into the atmosphere and you smell it. This is a clean fresh smell.

So there: Petrichor is your word of the day.

3 Comments:

Blogger omsoc said...

Fantastic shot, you can just imagine getting caught in that downpour and sheltering under the merry go round, wiping the rain from your face and staring upwards, then your word of the day started me thinking, we have only had 2.6mm of rain since the start of december so that rain smell/petrichor will a) be really strong if we get a summer downpour not likely today fine & 28c, also i'm on day shift as a paramedic in the city and I think I might see how many times I can use the word of the day on my 10hr shift, I enjoy your blog and will let you know how I go

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 2:15:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger omsoc said...

Fantastic shot, you can just imagine getting caught in that downpour and sheltering under the merry go round, wiping the rain from your face and staring upwards, then your word of the day started me thinking, we have only had 2.6mm of rain since the start of december so that rain smell/petrichor will a) be really strong if we get a summer downpour not likely today fine & 28c, also i'm on day shift as a paramedic in the city and I think I might see how many times I can use the word of the day on my 10hr shift, I enjoy your blog and will let you know how I go

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 2:21:00 AM GMT+1  
Blogger Tara Gowland said...

I always check out the first post in peoples' blogs LOL!I LOVE the pic - I may have to steal it LOL!

Tara

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