Scents of autumn; Burning wood

Ah, autumn, that time of year when the days get shorter and the nights get longer. Cool in the morning, but still warm in the afternoon. It’s that brisk, clean smell that comes with cooler temperatures that we all know, but if there’s one scent that brings it home for me it’s the smell of burning wood.

Now, believe it or not, there is a difference between wood burning in the summer and in the autumn. I’m not sure how to describe it, maybe it’s the cool air that intensified the smell of smoke or maybe it’s the type of wood that’s burning. I’ve seen people around here sell campfire wood that’s all soft wood. It makes sense. Soft wood burns faster and people who own woodstoves (like us) prefer to use hard wood.

To me, the smell of a wood stove signifies a drastic change in seasons. No more hot days or humid nights, vacations are over and it’s time to head back to school. The last of the summer vegetables have been harvested and most flower gardens are dying back. The leaves turn colour and the geese and other migratory birds are flocking up. There’s nothing like going out in the early morning, and taking in that combination of brisk cool air and smoke. It’s the first sign for me that autumn is here.


What about you? What scents/smells remind you of autumn? I have a poll just to the right of this post.


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Scents of autumn; Burning wood

  1. ajsikes says:

    Ah yes, the most perfect time of year has come back around again. I like all the seasons, and enjoy the changes between, but this one most of all has my heart held fast. Wood smoke, chilly air, quiet streets, crisp leaves soon gone wet with dew. Welcome back, Autumn!

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