Long continuous rain

July 2, 2004

There is a Chinese character that means ‘long continuous rain’. It’s constructed from the rain character over the forest character. I’ve always loved this picture, because in a forest it is still raining after it’s stopped raining, the water dripping from the canopy overhead. You run into the forest to take shelter from the rain, and for a while it keeps the worst of it off you, but then it permeates through the dense leaves and starts dripping thick and fast, yet out in the fields it’s sunny again and the rain has stopped. It’s like it has to rain a bit longer in the forest to make up for it not raining in the forest at the start of the storm.