Photograph of a green eyed girl from Nepal
Green eyes are somewhat rare in most of the world. History and science can unravel some of this mystery and I’ll write a bit more about this below. Meanwhile this is an older photograph I took in 2007 near Kagbeni Nepal. I’ve yet to come across anyone else in Nepal with such striking green eyes.
The story behind this picture of a green eyed Nepalese girl
I was on the final leg of the Annapurna circuit and I had just passed through Kagbeni. It was winter and the ground was frozen with harsh winds baring down. Seeing a lone girl tilling some farmland I stopped to witness her hard labor. When she looked up I was dazzled by her green eyes and brilliant smile. Something I’d not come across in Nepal until then.
I walked on for a while but couldn’t shake her face from my mind. Stopping, I thought it crazy to miss this opportunity. I returned and found the girl by the side of the road. She only spoke basic Nepalese. A local woman translated a little as I asked if she was the only one with green eyes here. She was. I complimented her and asked for permission to take her photo. She obliged. Other locals gathered around and seemed a little taken back. True her eyes were not pure green. More green with an inner circle of amber. But no less impressive to me that day.
A little bit later I explained the unusual green eyed girl to a Nepalese friend. Sadly he said that the girl was probably looked upon as being strange and not that desirable. A far cry from what other cultures think of green eyes.
This girl was a farm worker and the only one out in the field that day. I can’t pretend to know the whole story. One can tell from her tough hands and weather-beaten skin she was not having an easy life. While many super models have enhanced green eyes with no bloodshot whites I found this girls eyes to be far more enchanting. Mixed with a natural smile this green eyed girl from Nepal is one of my personal favorite photographs.
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