22 January 2013
Ponderosa Cleft, Missoula, Montana
ponderosa pine, it smells like the finest quality vanilla - and makes you crave a snickerdoodle. I’m not sure if there’s a criteria for trees that readily evoke this fragrance - tallest, craggiest bark, exposed to sunlight - but recent controlled tests reveal no hint of vanilla present on a snowy, cold day. Later explorations showed the cookie jar was - alas! - empty.