Travel theme: Fragrant

Today’s part of the volcano road trip was filled with the scent of sage brush and pine so I thought fragrance might be an interesting theme for the week. While you cannot capture scent with an image (if anyone fancies patenting a scratch and sniff camera now’s your chance) perhaps you can evoke a scent. Several years ago I visited Hampton Court Palace in springtime and found in the gardens a spot entirely enclosed by soaring box hedge and filled to bursting with blue hyacinth. The intoxicating perfume is something I will never forget, but what is more curious to me is that every time I’ve detected the scent of hyacinth since then, a snapshot of that walled garden flits through my mind’s eye. So here are a few shots of some of my more fragrant encounters. High up on Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains, this black-tailed deer got within about an inch of my face and almost overpowered me with her musky scent. She was after my sandwich.

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There’s the smell of spice stalls at street markets…

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…and the scent of fruit ripening in orchards in the sunshine of the Yakima Valley…

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…the inviting aroma of freshly-baked Irish soda bread

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…and the intoxicating perfume of that humblest of hedgerow ramblers, honeysuckle.

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The sense of smell is perhaps the most evocative of all the senses, so get ready to heighten olfactory perception and show me your most aromatic photos. If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Fragrant
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” – Bertrand Russell


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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151 Responses to Travel theme: Fragrant

  1. aj vosse says:

    As I have no sense of smell I’ll have to let this one go by… NOT, everyone always tells me how good the food on the braai (BBQ) smells so you’ve just given me my idea… thanks!! 😉

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  3. Nice topic! My mind goes to tropical fruit but since I have no such pictures, here’s my respond:

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  5. Max510 says:

    Hi Ailsa, how are you ?
    You have always great ideas 😉
    Please, smell my shots 😀 😉
    Do you feel the scent ?

  6. Ingrid D. says:

    Hi Ailsa, some of your pictures make me feel hungry 🙂 So, I came up with this:

  7. suej says:

    Great theme and images, Ailsa… Now I’ve got to get thinking

  8. Danny James says:

    Ailsa, I always thought flagrant was bad, obnoxious, something so bad you can’t ignore it. My entry, yet to be posted, centers around bad smells. Or am I missing something?


    • ailsapm says:

      Hya Danny, you’re right, flagrant implies something conspicuously offensive, but this week’s challenge is fRagrant – oh the difference one little letter can make. Fragrant means having a sweet and pleasant smell, so very different from flagrant. 🙂

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  11. livvy30 says:

    Mmmmm, soda bread! My favourite!

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  13. Heyjude says:

    Well you asked for aromatic, so here are my representations for smells – some are more fragrant than others 🙂
    Jude xx

    Nice theme btw and I love your deer.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, wonderfully evocative photos, Jude. Just the thought of a garlic restaurant has my taste buds in overdrive! It was pretty amazing being that close to a wild deer, she was right up in my face trying to grab the lettuce from my sandwich – a sure sign that tourists feed the wildlife which always worries me, it puts them in such danger. But I’ll never forget her glorious musky scent and those great soft eyes.

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  15. markpeltonen says:

    Love our Blog, It’s inspiring and that deer photo is spectacular!

  16. markpeltonen says:

    Sorry. YOUR. Blog! sp.!

  17. Mark Twain has some of the best comments. Hadn’t heard this one – thanks

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  19. Jaspa says:

    I particularly like the photo of the deer, although every time I see it I initially think ‘donkey!’ Here’s my pungent submission. I hope you won’t think it stinks!

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  21. It’s a long time since I had Irish soda bread, but I can remember the fragrant smell. 🙂

  22. says:

    I really enjoy the subliminal suggestion of scent ! I will sniff around and see what I can find : )

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  24. Su Leslie says:

    Great theme: I didn’t know where to start. I love your photos. The honeysuckle is gorgeous and the soda bread made me so hungry. Here’s what I had to offer:

  25. whatuful says:

    Like this post!!!

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  28. poppytump says:

    SNIFF*** yes can smell all these Ailsa … just struggling to pinpoint that aroma of a musky black talied deer 😉
    Lovely theme and photos !

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  30. Amy says:

    Great post, Ailsa! This is such a cool challenge for this week 🙂 Here is mine:

  31. Lovely photos, as usual, Ailsa. I chose a few similar fragrances but also some not-so-usual ones.

    A fragrant Saturday, everyone


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  36. Hi Ailsa. I’m back with an odd cooking shot:

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  38. Tahira says:

    Ailsa, I have some delicious, fragrant Glühwein for this challenge!

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  43. babsje says:

    I am smitten by your deer photo!! And if you like peaches, you will like a poem titled “From Blossoms,” by Li-Young Lee. Most definitely worth a google.

    Beautiful Great Blue Heron in the Rain for Wordless Saturday

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