‘Ahanti bent her head towards his, closed her eyes and breathed deeply of his newly washed hair, the freshly laundered blanket, his milky baby skin.’
This is far more effective than ‘Ahanti breathed in his baby smells.’
It’s specific and it tells us how much she loves her son.
‘Just across the field from us was an oak forest, no more than a grey smudge in the endless slanting rain.’ This tells the reader what the scene looks like, and also gives information about light quality and air temperature. It appeals to other senses as well as sight.