Photographer's Note

This year, it's FiESA 2011 - and it's the ninth time that the Algarve will have seen the exhibit that's become famous the world over.

Every year since 2003, Pera, in the Algarve, has hosted what is reputedly the biggest event of its kind in the whole universe! This year, however, it's starting earlier than usual - on April 15.

That means I've missed the opening - drat! - since I wasn't even in Portugal at the time. Ah, well - there are months and months left for it to run, so I'll get there sometime.

You do see, throughout the Algarve, the occasional on-beach display of sand sculpting - and very worthy some of it is...

But for scale and artistry, and breathtaking panoramas, it has to be FiESA 2011. Nothing else comes close to the level of skill on display within the roadside site near Alcantarilha.

Although I missed the inaugural event in 2003, I've remedied that since by visiting the exhibits every year, often more than once, since I enjoy seeing the expressions on the faces of my visitors when they get their first glimpse of a FiESA event.Hope you enjoy, Cheers Iain.

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  • Copyright: Iain Richardson (RhodieIke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 835 W: 1 N: 2670] (11752)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-09-27
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 2:42
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