Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ABC Wednesday

F is for Fragrance

Technically, here, we expand a little on the meaning and the means by which fragrance (or any other smells) are perceived.

Noun 1. fragrance - a distinctive odor that is pleasant
perfume, scent, aroma
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor- the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
incense - the pleasing scent produced when incense is burned; "incense filled the room"
2. fragrance - a pleasingly sweet olfactory property
fragrancy, redolence, bouquet, sweetness
aroma, odor, olfactory property, odour, smell, scent - any property detected by the olfactory system

But then there is the spirit of fragrance whose connection to emotions and memory take precedence. I think so, anyway!

The warmth of feeling that is aroused by the fragrance of bread baking, bacon frying, wood smoke, oranges or ginger, a rose, a lily, or perhaps the distinctive smell of a train that envelopes us in memories, or a favourite perfume worn by a beloved person.

Like music fragrance has a certain magic that plays on our emotions, and brings us pleasure - and sometimes pain.

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. Beverley Nichols

The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose. Heda Bejar

Well, on the lighter side - did you ever wear Tweed? I did.... what memories the faintest whiff of this particular perfume must rouse in the lady in the picture. And maybe the gentlemen too.....

See what other ways F has been interpreted here, at ABC Wednesday.


LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Oh, that is a good one! I am one that can smell something and it will indeed take me to that moment. This is good. :)

jabblog said...

What a lovely post - and the photographs are wonderful, particularly the first one.
Yes, I did wear Tweed and thought I was so sophisticated at 17. How true - scents hold and awaken memories.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for sharing your post.
Fragrance is a great word. I like the photo of the painting with the lady smelling a rose. And of course the first one with the baby!. Good idea to use the wedding cartoon for your relative's wedding!

Wanda said...

Your post has caused to to stop and think of all the fragrances in one's life. It's endless!

wenn said...

i love the fragrance of roses.

RuneE said...

And I always thought Tweed was a river - and woollen cloth :-)

Jay said...

Haha! I never saw that Tweed advert! It always reminds me of my sister-in-law, who was the only person I knew who used it.

You're right, fragrance is like music, it goes straight to the limbic system, I think.

On behalf of the team, thanks for taking part in ABC Wednesday this week! :)

Beverley Baird said...

What a great description and photos for fragrance. Lovely post!

photowannabe said...

Fragrance and memories are so closely entertwined.
Nice post and perfect choice for the letter F.

Tumblewords: said...

Darling child nosing a flower! Terrific shot. Fragrance is such a wonderfully personal thing. Nice post!

Roger Owen Green said...

I love the smell of baking bread which I can occasionally smell from a bakery a couple miles away!