Natural Attraction

This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar

I look at a flower of this size, of such round and voluminous shape, and I just imagine that it smells that much brighter and stronger. That its natural perfume is logically amplified as per ratio of size. I can’t say it does – it could be the opposite for all I know. But it’s a nice thought just the same.

And so too I wonder, why do only flowers smell so beautiful? Some fruits have a sweet smell, but that’s a matter of tasting sweet, too. But flowers? The only word for it is Beautiful. Lovely. An inexplicably positive olfactory sensation. It’s a purely attractive experience – highly desirable.

And it makes sense in the grand life scale of things – the smell attracts insects for pollination. But why people as well? What is the natural advantage, evolution-wise, in flowers appealing to humans? And what do humans and flowers have to gain, respectively?

I theorize my combining Tennyson with a more proverbial quote…

“Ours not to reason why, ours to stop and smell the roses.”

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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