#878 The smell and sound of a campfire

Feel the burn

Slicing and dicing a dead tree, tossing it on a pile of dirt, and setting it ablaze is pure joy.

As that dry, withered stump slowly releases years and years of energy soaked up from the sun, the air, and the ground around it, out come bright lights, whispering hisses, sizzling pops, and a thick, intoxicating smell of Musky Smoke N’ Pine Needles.

You can close your eyes and let your eyelids paint yellow and orange kaleidoscopes as the heat washes over you, rosying up your cheeks and giving you that nice, warm Hotface Effect. In that cold, dark forest, on that cold, dark log bench, beside that cold, dark lake, your ears and nose perk up, as you call on some of your primal, caveman instincts to focus on every little sound and smell around you.


Tastes slightly better than a flaming log

Photos from: here and here


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20 responses to “#878 The smell and sound of a campfire

  1. I love this one! Campfires is one of my favorite things, its mesmerizing. also we have a camp we goto to meet up with family 2 or 3 times a year and have had 20-30 people around a big fire until late at night, talking, telling stories, having a blast…nothing like a good campfire:)

    • Josh

      Heck yes! Camp fires are the best! I went camping once without one and I had a miserable time :( Thank God for inventing camp fires!

  2. Jenn Hendrickson

    I LOVE campfires. Hanging out with friends, drinking, listening to music, and telling stories! I love remembering childhood memories with family and friends, too. Most of all, I love the way my clothes smell the day after the campfire. I always hate washing my clothes after that!

  3. chocolatedog

    An addition to this should be discovering clothes that still smell like campfire, long after campfire season is over. Like that long forgotten sweatshirt that you wore the last night of summer, and as you pull it over your head you get a big whiff. Just wonderful :)

  4. james

    one of my most favorite things in the world. its so relaxing. just thinking about watching a fire makes my muscles release some tension

  5. I can smell it through the TV.

  6. Anna

    Love watching the flames flicker back and forth. The way they dance is just mesmorizing . Also awesome toasted marshmellows. 2 ways to do those statue of liberty style (flaming then blown out) or perfectly roasted to a golden brown perfection

  7. Emmy

    The best part of camping trips! I LOVE this one, the description is too perfect. What is even awesomer is that Mum has got a picture we took of one of our campfires we made and it looks so pretty, all gold-warm orange on top then bright purple on the bottom X)))

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  9. Kim

    3 months! I will be at a summer camp in 3 months where we will make so many fires it will be awesome! ahhh, cooking food over the fire with your group is awesome, but so are those staff fires in the evening when all the kids are in bed, and then you get to having so much fun the counselors have to sush the group (themselves included) because they don’t want their kids to wake up until 7 the next morning (hey, we’ve got them awake 7am-9 or 10 pm and then we’re “on-call” if they wake up and they aren’t even related to us, don’t judge!). I do love the kids and my job though, and campfires are a big part of it including the ones with the kids where skits are done and you can just feel the hoy and laughter at something that you’ve see 1o times in a summer, but still enjoy it because the kids do.

  10. wendywithaurora

    You’ve capture the campfire to perfection.
    I love, love, love kaleidescopes and will remember this next time I’m sitting around a campfire.
    On that note I say, “There in spirit. Hugs & Sweet Dreams Awesomeland.”

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  13. Kayla

    Best awesome yet!!

  14. Fred

    I like the small fire when the embers rich red velvet glow temporarily turns black when brushed by a breeze. Noise, like the fire, has faded and a few soft-spoken people sit close and talk in hushed tones, often reflective. Darkness dances with the fading flames as Nature resumes her nightly concert. Camping from a canoe on Red Creek’s sandy beaches may not be the best that it gets but it’s well positioned in my top 5.

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