Why Trees Smell Beautiful…

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“You know why trees smell the way they do?” Murphy asked, looking up from her hammering. “Sap?” Logan guessed. “Chlorophyll?” Murphy shook her head.  “Stars.  Trees breathe in starlight year after year, and it goes deep into their bones.  So when you cut a tree open, you smell a hundred years’ worth of light.  Ancient starlight that took millions of years to reach earth.  That’s why trees smell so beautiful and old.”

~ By Frances O’Roark Dowell in Where I’d like to be

Source: conflictingheart.  Image Source: madamescherzo

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  1. What a beautiful thought. I’ll never experience freshly sawn wood the same way again….

  2. Breathing in the starlight – what a magnificent thought. Feels so loving and peaceful and right somehow..

  3. Very interesting. I love the smell of wood and trees in general. Nice post!

    Happy Sunday!!

  4. Inspirational, poetic thought.

  5. I’ve always loved the smell of wood. Good to know I’m not weird. At least not about that. ;-)

  6. I too love the smell of wood. I have a 175 year old pine armoire that I sniff regularly :). Old, new, fresh cut, burning, live wood each with its own scent – Yum.
    p.s. I love doors too – especially the ones made of wood

  7. Just wonderful. I love this so much. Something to hold onto and think about often. I live in Redwood tree country in Northern California. They are the most amazing creatures.

    • Michael, I keep forgetting that you live in Redwood county. Blogosphere makes you feel next door. Yes, Redwoods are in a class of there own. Thanks also for the share on Twitter Michael.

  8. I love this thought….breathing in starlight! (only one exclamation point). You definitely have me more aware of using these now David :)

  9. Love that pic, and the explanation. ;)

  10. Love this… :-)

  11. Awesome post!!!!
    Why hold back? (maximum number of exclamation marks allowed without getting stupid).

  12. I love this idea! That trees smell of ancient starlight. Absolutely brilliant! That sends my imagination off spinning in all sorts of directions! :)

  13. Very creative and interesting photo and post.

  14. But when all is said and done, I like the bumper sticker that says, “Hug a logger. You’ll never go back to trees.”

  15. Great picture and thought concept!!

  16. Where did this quote come from? I can’t find any attribution.

  17. Oh, I love that photo; It gives me ideas for a painting! Never thought about starlight but it’s a cool thought.

  18. Love the thought and photo. Thanks David

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