The smell of earth after rain #SundayStills


The smell of rain has been given the name ‘petrichor‘, a term coined by Australian scientists in 1964, which describes the unique earthy smell associated with rain. There’s more detailed scientific explanations available online if you’re keen to go searching for more information!

I know the correct use of petrichor is usually after log periods of dry weather when the ground throws up this amazing aroma, but it still struck me as a ‘thing’ when we pulled up at my late mother-in-law’s house yesterday. The smell of wet earth was there front and centre!

It had been raining for most of our 5+ hour drive and for days beforehand. We broke our drive with a short stop to see one of our daughters and two grandchildren along the way. The rain eased up so we took the opportunity go searching for some muddy puddles to jump in – the muddier the better – said the three year old!

Purple boots
Purple Gumboots

It’s so cute that she’s keen to teach her one year old brother how to jump in puddles, insisting on showing him and almost dragging him into said puddles 🙂

That sky after the rain!

Once we arrived at the property later that afternoon, the sky decided to put on a dazzling show and the smell of wet earth was prevalent.

No filter required with this sky!

sunset after the rain
sunset after the rain

Everything here is muddy and churned up from trucks coming to take the last effects of my husband’s family home away – the old red tractor the girls loved to play on, the scraps of metal in the paddock, the garage full of unloved and unused ‘stuff’….(churned up a bit like our emotions).

The property is going up for auction at the end of June so we are here for one final tidy up, if the weather will give us a break, but I have to say it’s looking promising today!

It’s been the Mathematician’s home for just about all of his life and I’ve been coming here since I was 17 (as the girlfriend) – so many memories, stories and life events are bound up in this place.

So while it’s sad to see it go from the family, we have to remember the fun times, the sad times and the many years of coming here as a family. It will never leave our memories.

The property in case you’re interested!

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge

Terri, from Second Wind Leisure, hosts Sunday Stills photo challenge every week with the prompt this week being ‘What is that aroma?’. You can read Terri’s post here.

Have a great week!

Deb x

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32 Replies to “The smell of earth after rain #SundayStills”

  1. I used to say ‘I can smell the earth’, when it rained. My husband would say ‘I can’t smell it.’ But after 48 years of marriage, he just said to me the other day, ‘I can smell the rain & soil.’ I think he gets it now!
    We just dismantled my family home 2 weeks ago. It’s so sad, but I’m clinging to the good memories in that home!

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  2. It’s as if the rain is washing away the former and freshening up the property for a new family, Debbie. I love that smell after the rain, too. So earthy and organic. Beautifully expressed with your words and lovely images. That sunset is beyond stunning! Enjoy your travels home!

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  3. I had never heard that word. It’s so perfect for that amazing smell. Your sunset is stellar. Ah yes it’s hard to give up the original home. I still miss it after all these years but that’s life isn’t it. Time keeps ticking. Have a good week. Bernie

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  4. Hi Deb – it must be heart wrenching to say goodbye to all those memories (the location looks amazing in the video) but also a feeling of accomplishment to know that things are sorted and a new family will be enjoying it soon. All that rain you guys have been having and it’s still quite dry over here – we had the lovely noise of rain on the roof the other night and it re-filled our rainwater tank, but now it’s dry again for the next few days. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of Winter we have and whether NSW & Qld used up all the rain already!

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    1. Hi Leanne, yes a new family will get to enjoy all that wonderful space but we still have the memories. So much rain lately, we can spare some for you!


  5. What an amazing location to grow up in – some lucky family will buy it and make their own special memories there, it’s time to pass the baton onto the next generation there.
    There really is something about jumping into muddy puddles isn’t there? Lovely to watch children enjoy something so simple – and I have to say it’s impossible for me not to join in with them when our grandchildren do the same!

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    1. Thanks Deb, yes it was a lovely place to share with our children as they were growing up on visits to see their grandchildren. Muddy puddles are fun no matter how old we are!


  6. Funnily enough I was talking about a distinct childhood memory: the playground after rain. The summer dust soaked gave off this oh so familiar aroma which I smelt again on a carpark! Thank you for a new word Deb!

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