Flickr Photo of the Month – February

Shepherd Near Segovia

This winner of best photo in the NFS Flickr Group this month is Luke, with the above, wonderful portrait, “Shepherd near Segovia”. Luke said:

“I took it last summer in a pueblo between Avila and Segovia. He seemed to have the ‘thousand yard stare’ that you don’t get living in the city. In that area of Castilla there are occasionally blue eyed, red skinned people who don’t fit the stereotype ‘Spaniard’. I guess they are from the Celto-Iberian or Gothic/Visigothic gene pool?”

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15 Replies to “Flickr Photo of the Month – February”

  1. I’m surprised how the englishmen are often classifying the people according to their appearance/eye color/skin colour/roots into visigoth this, celtiberic that, etc. I haven’t seen a spaniard mentioning if that guy is visigoth and that other guy is 10% goth 50% iberic 40% celt, etc. It’s kind of weird.

  2. @mujeriego
    I’m not English, I’m half Irish, and a mix of Welsh, Scottish, German Jew and English!!!
    I’ve no idea what the genetic mix is in Spain so many invasions Carthaginians, Romans etc. I don’t judge people by their racial origins, I’m just interested in history.
    When I’m in Spain, Spanish people start talking to me in English before I’ve said anything. So they are judging that I don’t look Spanish, just from my appearance.

  3. @luke
    No, I didn’t say that is a bad thing, I like the curious behaviour, It’s just that it’s strange to me that the first thing you think about another perason can be somthing like this:
    “In that area of Castilla there are occasionally blue eyed, red skinned people [..]. I guess they are from the Celto-Iberian or Gothic/Visigothic gene pool?”
    I guess it’s historic curiosity, like you said.

  4. I don’t know about blue-eyed red-skins and Ibero-Visigothic-Celts, but I want to say this:

    that old fella has got one fine set of ears on him!

  5. @Jon Hundt

    Are you laughing at this man because of his physical appearance?. I thought being racist and politically incorrect was an exclusivelly spaniard’s business.

  6. Here we go, an innocent post showing a wonderful photographic portrait of a great looking old guy is turning into another potential arguement… maaaaadre mia!

  7. Great shot, just a shame it dosen’t have a sweeping Castilla vista in the background!

    Regarding blue eyes Ben, the locals here in Galicia tell me of a village, somewhere in the hills, in which until recent times was solely inhabited by blond blue-eyed people…and that even today the majority are still of this persuasion!

  8. I agree with Brendan, nice close up pic but the background is a pity.

    About the blue-eyed blonde type in Spain, there are quite a number of people like that in Cantabria, Galicia and Asturias (the Cantabrian north coast) which actually come from the Celts.

    There is a very interesting community in Cantabria named the ‘Pasiegos’ living an environment which has been rather isolated until very recently in the rural mountains and green valleys of deep Cantabria who have pursued a life of livestock farmers keeping ancestral traditions for generations.

    Most of them are blue-eyed blondes with red faces who look like what you would think of the average Irish or Scott.

  9. re: “just a shame it dosen’t have a sweeping Castilla vista in the background!”

    – Ahh, but the strength of the photo is that I can see that in his eyes!

  10. Thank you all for comments (even the one that said I’m weird; I thought I was just a geek!) and the link to the migration map.
    I was attracted to this dignified man because I thought the harsh campo of central Spain is etched on his face. I was amazed when I found out that he is still working long days in all kinds of weather, having to pick up sheep to wash them etc. What a tough job at that age and for little financial reward.

  11. Celtic and Germanic presence in Iberia were too small to significantly alter the appearance individuals in large regions. Celtic languages became predominant in Iberia because of Celtic-speaking elites imposing their culture on Natives.

    Something persons of Northern European ancestry must be taught, light eyes and hair are not features exclusive to persons who have Nordic ancestry. Those traits appear in im ALL caucasian groups, with peaks in Northern and Easten European and Germany and France, followed by Southwest Europe and Italy, and then Southeast Europe, being far rarer — however by no means non-existent — in North Africa and the Middle East, with more elevated frequencies in Iran and Afghanistan, and again decreased frequencies amongst the Pakitanese and the Indians. The presence of those features does not imply admixture with Northern Europeans.

  12. There people of the isolated Kalash valleys in northern Pakistan often have blue eyes and fair hair. One theory is that they are remnants of Alexander the Great’s army – soldiers who settled there after being left behind after he turned back from India. I guess that’s another example of “blue eyes implies european origin” thinking. Other theories suggest it is genetic drift. I don’t think anybody really knows.

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