What is the Perfume Project?

This blog is a constantly evolving forum for thoughts on perfume, perfume-making, plants (especially orchids and flora of the Pacific Northwest) and life in general. It started out chronicling the adventures of Olympic Orchids Perfumes, established in July 2010, and has expanded in other directions. A big part of the blog is thinking about the ongoing process of learning and experimentation that leads to new perfumes, the exploration of perfumery materials, the theory and practice of perfume making, the challenges of marketing perfumes and other fragrance products, and random observations on philosophy and society. Spam comments will be marked as such and deleted; any comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil discourse will also be deleted. I am grateful to all of you, the readers, who contribute to the blog by commenting and making this a truly interactive perfume project.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Somehow it seems like this year has gone by extraordinarily fast. It was just summer a few weeks ago, and now it’s suddenly winter, sliding into the home stretch to the solstice. Where did fall go? Here in the Pacific Northwest, days get very short this time of year, with the sun setting around 4 PM. Because of my schedule, I’ve started trying to run in the mornings instead of the afternoons or evenings, so have had a chance to enjoy the splendors of winter mornings, the only time I’m up “early” enough to actually experience a sunrise. Yesterday was clear and sunny, but very cold, with frost everywhere on the ground. The air smelled clean and earthy, punctuated by the occasional plume of smoke from someone’s wood fire. On the way home I picked some lavender and a late-blooming rose for our cat’s new grave. I’m learning that cut flowers last a ridiculously long time outdoors.

When I look out my window as I write, most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, restoring my view of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. To me, this is a sad time of year, just cold enough to kill a lot of vegetation with night frosts, but not cold enough to really drive one indoors to a warm fireplace, hot drinks, and hibernation mode.

This week and next are also the home stretch into the end of fall quarter, with a grand finale of exams, term papers, and meetings that’s like the last burst of a fireworks show when they just decide to send up everything that’s left and light up the whole sky. Instead of running today, I’m squeezing in a minimal blog post before I have to leave the house at 8:30 for a morning meeting that kicks off a round of business that doesn’t end until late tonight. By next week, or at least mid-December I hope to get back to posting more.

[Photo of winter sunrise is from the webcam of our local ski area] 

1 comment:

  1. Winter snuck up on me this year too! I'm looking out my window now and it's just cold and dank. Looks like rain is coming and it's just an ugh shade of gray outside. I'm pining away for spring already!