Give Thanks- Smell of Arizona Desert After A Rain

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Those of you that live in Arizona all know one of the most wonderful aromas that we love and give thanks for. (photo- Rain in the Desert 67Armadillo from Pixabay). For me the smell brings back memories of days gone by. It is a smell of freshness and purity and the desert opening up to the welcomed rain.

"There is a scent that fills the air after rain falls. This scent—known as petrichor—may be described differently around the world, because it comes from the oils secreted by certain plants in the area. Arizona’s after-rain smell, however, is one of the most popular and well-known scents around." Read on from Complete Landscaping in Tucson to learn exactly where that fragrance comes from.

Petrichor (The name of the "Fragrance")

"Petrichor is the official term given to any type of after-rain smell. It comes from the Greek words of petra and ichor, which mean “stone” and “fluid that flows in the gods’ veins,” respectively. The term was first used in the 1960s when Australian researchers wrote a scientific article in Nature. These researchers determined that the attractive fragrance comes from plant oils that are found in the soil and rocks. When rainwater—which is scentless—hits the ground, the oil is released and emits a fragrance. If there is lightning in the area, then an ozone scent might also be present."

Creosote Bush

"One of the most famous and well-loved after-rain smells is found in Arizona’s desert. This smell can be hard to describe, but is often given a sweet and earthy description. Arizona’s after-rain smell can be attributed to the creosote bush.

Creosote Arizona

Creosote in the desert (photo: Nancy Padilla from Pixabay)

The creosote bush can be found in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts. It is a large shrub that grows between three and ten feet tall and produces yellow flowers. Creosote bushes can live for hundreds and even thousands of years, because one bush will split into separate crowns once it reaches a certain age. One of the oldest living organisms is a creosote ring called the “King Clone” found in California. It is estimated that this bush is almost 12,000 years old."

Would you like to live in wide open spaces with nearby creosote in Arizona to experience this wonderful smell for yourself? Give me a call, Jeff Masich as your REALTOR® and I will help you find the right home for the right price.

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Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jeff - Arizona Fresh!  

Nov 27, 2021 04:45 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the smell after it rains and seeing the beauty that is all around us in the East Valley!

Nov 27, 2021 05:48 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I do love the rain.  It is so refreshing and makes everything smell so wonderful.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2021 06:01 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Oh, I do love the smell of 'fresh' after a good rain too, Jeff. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

Nov 27, 2021 08:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI - What a great blog post and video too. You opened up all my senses. Thank you. 

Nov 27, 2021 12:13 PM