13 thoughts on “Nina, India. By Diego Junca, Bogota, Colombia

    • It is a gorgeous capture, and to me there’s something quite touching about how Nina’s grasping the wild flowers in her lightly clenched fist. I had always assumed Nina was a girl, but now you mention it, the point seems a little moot. I used this photograph on a post called ‘Offering Presence’, which I think Nina does just here – there’s a strong sense of her presence, which is almost intense, it seems.

      • Very intense, to me. Nina struck me as a name representing children, as in the Spanish “la nina” (with an accent over the “i”) for the girl. I love all of the photos on your blog and visit them often. (There is no “like” to show I’ve visited, but I do.) Take care, Hariod.

          • I am almost finished with your posts. I’ve read some more than once. Although I’ve been enraptured by the photos, I haven’t spent as much quality time with the art. I’ll remedy that this week. thanks, Hariod. [Have you noticed that my spell check has been behaving lately?]

            • I’m rather missing being referred to as ‘Hairdo’, which a couple of mischievous friends temporarily adopted when I told them about your spellchecker’s brilliant misconstrual. Many thanks, dear Clare – always a pleasure.

              • I was mortified when I saw that error and you have been quite gracious about it all. I cannot blame it totally on spell check, though. Over a year ago I underwent some eye surgeries and I find when I’m on the computer for too long, my sight becomes a bit undependable. I’m noticing errors which have slipped past me in posts and comments and wish for simpler methods to undo the errors once they’re detected. Also, I sometimes am too quick to send or publish, and that would be my impatience showing through. Thanks, my friend. I’m glad you were so understanding. Clare

                • Aha, I had not understood that you may have had some sight problems, dear Clare; but really, it was nothing, and I actually enjoyed the mistake immensely, as did the friends I mentioned. I should let you know that your comments here are exemplary and although I always moderate so as to fix typos and punctuation omissions, it’s never necessary with your own, and that is very rare indeed.

                  • That is high praise, indeed! I do have some different writing styles, though; a more formal, a conversational and an informal. I use each of them in my writing, always keeping my targeted audience in mind.

                    Yes, I’ve had major problems with my eyesight in the past few years. This was finally corrected in 2014 with three separate operations. Now, however, I’m finding the cataract lens in my left eye is overly sensitive to light. I can’t spend as much time as I once did on my lap top late at night. (I prefer writing in the hours after midnight.) My mystery book has suffered because of this. I just have not had the motivation to do the careful editing needed. It strains my eyes and causes headaches. Growing older can have its positives and its negatives, Hariod. This certainly is one of the latter.

                    Thank you for your encouraging comment, but I really should have double-checked my own comments before pressing ‘send’. No excuse for that, I’m afraid. I’m much too impatient.

                    Your friend, Clare

                    • Oh, I had no idea you were in the process of writing a book, Clare. I do hope you are able to finish the project, to bring it into print, and was wondering whether you were considering hiring a professional editor to do the remaining work on your behalf? That particular process is very demanding, I know, as is proof-reading more generally. I gather that professional writers, or rather their publishers, can have as many as six proof-readers going over final drafts so as to pick up on every last error – the problem being that the brain often sees what it expects to see, rather than what is actually printed on the page, and proof-readers are not immune from this phenomenon, of course.

                    • Yes, there can never be enough eyes when it comes to editing. I had finished my newest book a few months ago and put it aside for a bit. It’s a local mystery. I love mysteries. My latest children’s book is in the process of galley preparation and I hope it will be in my hands soon. And of course, Roxie continues to clamor about having a book of her own. It’s going to be a very busy summer!

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