So many pictures of the young from Nepal are ornamental. The dresses are beautiful and ornate, but there is a simple and natural beauty to this girl. It may seem grey next to the colorful women of Teej, but arguably the most beautiful picture yet.
Muktinath, Nepal - Along the Annapurna circuit, Nepal. Update: I won first place with this photo in a National Geographic Traveller Photo Contest: "The World in Focus" . I love how this portrait shows a mother's love.