Nature Scents

There are many things in nature that have recognizable scents. Here are some of the more recent photos I’ve taken where I immediately recall the scent, aroma, or smell as soon as I look at the photo. The first photo is of a young coot bird in a rather swampy pond at the Oak Glen Preserve.

Young coot bird trying to sift through the algae at a pond in Oak Glen, California.

Here’s another set of photos where I immediately recall the smell. Of course, if you don’t pay attention to the stinky pink birds, then you will start to notice what all the fuss and commotion is about. Either way, it’s not something I’ll forget.

Female flamingos roosting atop mud mounds at San Diego Zoo, California.
Female flamingos protecting their eggs atop stinky mud nests at San Diego Zoo, California.

Other times, nature photos remind me of more pleasant scents, such as these next two, where rain, salty ocean, and sandy beach aromas mix.

Rainy day at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California, does not keep the walkers or surfers away.

Rainy day at Shark’s Cove on North Shore of Oahu does not keep snorkelers away.

I can’t bring up scents and nature without sharing flower photos. If I had the time, I’d post a flower every day! These next three flowers are my favorite-smelling flowers in my gardens. I can recall their scents just looking at the photos.

The best-smelling red roses in my garden.

Purple hyacinths have a beautiful and powerful scent that can be smelled throughout the garden.

Jasmine flowers cover the whole wall of my yard, and their scent drifts into the house through the open windows.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD), Jez’s Water Water Everywhere (WWE), Terri’s Sunday Stills – Scents, Aromas, Smells and Dawn Miller’s Spring Festival 2022 Week #8.

Published by Dawn Palmer

I am an avid nature and ecology lover and enjoy sharing my photography in my blog writings. I will often be out early in the morning or late in the evening with my camera, trying to capture the peacefulness and beauty around me.

20 thoughts on “Nature Scents

    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Thatโ€™s actually my son and daughter-in-law visiting from Nebraskaโ€ฆthey thought it was awesome weather. I thought it was beautiful, but I was dressed like an Eskimo. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  1. Wow, the flamingos are a sight for sore eyes, Dawn–been a while since I’ve been to the SD Zoo. I remember the variety of smells at the zoo ๐Ÿ™‚ I can smell your florals from here! My grandparents home in Lemon Grove had big bushes of honey suckles and night-blooming jasmine. Miss those fragrances so much!

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  2. So wonderful to remember to enjoy not only the sights of nature but the unique smells that enhance these experiences. Your pictures are beautiful!

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  3. Hi again Dawn, I just love the smell of jasmine. We smelled some at a restaurant coming home from Palm Desert on Sunday. It made the stop worthwhile. Your purple hyacinths are gorgeous, but I can’t think what they smell like. I love the roses, too. Beautiful photo with the water droplets.

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    1. Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š The hyacinths bloom early spring. If you ever get a chance to walk through a nursery at that time, they overpower all of the other flowers. Theyโ€™re stronger than jasmine.

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