Trees and rainbows

Today’s prompt is Mnemonic! I rely on so many different memory aids to remember the Chinese language that I no longer see them as mnemonics, but rather a matter of breaking down the language to digestible pieces and then using associative ways to piece them altogether again, in a way I can remember.

This is my favourite, and the simplest example to explain how the language works. 木 (mu) is a  singular tree. When you have rows of trees, you get 林 (lin) which is woods. When they grow dense like a forest, you get 森林 (sen lin). The pattern is more pronounced in the Japanese language where there is 木 (ki), 林 (hayashi), 森 (mori) and 森林 (shinrin).

While rummaging through my digital library, I found lots of rainbows that I initially wanted to blog about. Mnemonic: Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain! This Mnemonic itself is in vain, for I cannot find any order in my rainbow here! But I can see the Reds, Oranges, Yellows, Greens, Blues, Indigoes and Violets, in their in-between shades or maybe even in a different octave of vibration.

Isn’t it beautiful? How is it that I never notice this photo before?

Is this what happens at snowy places? Normally?
Rainbows streaming through with the rays of the sun?

Pardon the ignorance of this equatorial girl.

Winter, Yosemite. 2013
Spring Festival 5 years ago
(Cultural difference. heh)

5 Comments Add yours

  1. anne leueen says:

    I think the rainbows are caused by the camera lens. However in severe cold there are suspended ice crystals that can produce amazing sparkles so it could be that too. Thanks for the information about the Chinese and Japanese characters. This is all new to me.

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Coolz, thank you for solving the mystery! It was not that cold there and then. Good to know I have an artistic camera, I shall use it more often~ 😉

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  2. phonynonie says:

    Your post has actually got me interested in Chinese n Japanese… So far, they always looked scary😅

    Nice one👌

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    1. leapingtoes says:

      Let me give you a very misleadingly simple example. One is 一 (yi / ichi), Two is 二 (er / ni), and Three is 三 (san / san). 😉

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      1. phonynonie says:

        Now you are scaring me back again😅

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