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Madeiran Flower Festival 2012


The recent Flower Festival in Madeira was one of the loveliest experiences of my life,  I took over 650 photos, so it is hard to select just a few to share with you, but here goes.... this is one of the real flower pictures on show.



The market was full of exotic blooms.

And fruits!

The pavements were decorated with masses of flower heads in gorgeous patterns.

There was a fabulous display of orchids.

I took loads of shots, hard to pick just a few !

Folk dancers and musicians to entertain.

As you can see from this first shot of the parade, the streets of Funchal were packed tight with thousands of people. We could have found a spot right next to the road side at the barriers, but that would have meant standing in the hot sun for two and a half hours before the parade even started......... we found a wall to sit on, and I used my HS10 to zoom in over everyone's heads.

Ballet dancers on this one.

There were not as many floats in the parade as I had imagined, but hundreds of dancing children and adults in fabulous costumes all doing routines to music. These were some of the lucky ones getting a ride!

The crowds were all along the cliff tops right down to pavement level.

I could have done with a step ladder to capture more of the procession of dancers.

I like her style.

By the time the parade reached us it had been going for an hour and a half!

They were so energetic.

Thirsty work, being a flower!

Sun flower-tastic.

I wonder if this tot will remember her big day.

I bet these three will.

I love this shot.

A National costume float.

Traditional Madeiran embroidery

Hope you are still awake!!

By this time, I was flagging, and I was sitting down. I can't imagine how exhausted the dancers were, especially all the children.

Please excuse the bald heads, damned tourists, always in the way.

A floral vision!

Just imagine all the costumes that had to be made, and all the dance routines practised, the mind boggles.

Looks like this group were at the end of their tether, it's all a bit too much for the girl at the back, poor thing. At this stage, I know how she feels.

Two hours later and the final float comes into view!

What do you mean, Thank God!

I apologise to the hundreds of beautiful children in lovely costumes that I have not put on here. Hard to believe, but this is only a "small" selection.

I hope you enjoyed the photos and felt some of the sunshine coming through. Thanks for taking the time to look. Jane x

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 13:48

We have some friends who went Madeira a lot.  I seem to remember it consisted of steep hills (with toboggan style races down them) odd shaped houses in places and lots of aqueducts which you can walk along.  But, I never remembering them saying anything about a Flower Festival. Probably just my memory going a bit doolally.  But they are very colourful.

Looks like you really enjoyed yourself.


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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 13:48

A riot of colour, beautifully done including the photography, I kept wanting to enlarge them, thank you very much for a fabulous set of photo's did not need narrative each picture spoke for it'self, great blog a like from me,regards Leon.favourites too.

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 13:54

Jane what a stunning blog....full of colour.......the orchids are just loverly (biased lol) bet the kids slept that night. thank you for sharing Smile

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:01

cracking blog, Jane.

Must have took longer to compile than it did to get to madeira Smile

some wonderful pageant shots and flowers look gorgeous. i bet the scent was everywhere.

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:26

Hi Jane you must have had a brilliant time as I have never seen so much colour in my life and what must have been a pleasure to see. A great blog Jane many thanks for posting best wishes

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 14:37

Hi Jane

Welcome back and this is just what I needed on a drizzly afternoon on Anglesey.  An absolute riot of colour along with pretty girls.  Steph and I planned to go to Madeira a few years ago but they were hit by nasty floods and we had to change plans.  After seeing this,  it's back on the agenda.

Fantastic photos Jane.  Mwah. XXX

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 16:28

Great colourful blog.

I've been to Madeira and might be going again shortly, it really is a wonderful place especially if you like walking and obviously flowers which as this blog shows are everywhere. 

Glad you enjoyed your trip Jane...but.................wheres the clouds ?

LIKED (and welcome home)

ps Is the runway any longer ?


'Bokeh' Competition entry:-

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 16:49

A fabulous blog Jane. The flowers and colours are beautiful. It must have been a wonderful sight. Thank you for putting it all together for us to share.   liked

Christine :)    Bokeh  entry


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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 18:46

What a fantastic array of colour. great blog Jane, thanks for sharing

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Date Fri, 04/05/2012 - 18:58

super blog Jane, what wonderful colours, the poor children must have been absolutely pooped by the end of it!!

I'm looking forward to the next blog now xxx

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still checking on you all every now and again !!!


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Date Sun, 06/05/2012 - 09:57

Wonderful colourful compositions Jane ~ beautiful photography. I nearly made it to Maderia. I fell ill at the check in desk at Manchester airport and had to cancel my Maderia holiday there and then and have never booked a holiday to venture there since. Must go one day. Thanks for sharing  Smile

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Date Thu, 10/05/2012 - 12:46

Thanks for taking the time to put all those gorgeous shots on, Jane ... a super blog.

It looks like a fantastic place to visit ... when do we get the scenery ...Smile

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Date Fri, 18/05/2012 - 12:57

Hi Jane. Thanks for your lovely message. I've just noticed what I wrote above about me falling ill and here I am with another one cancelled. I'm recovering well thanks. Luckily, we missed the cruise ship by a few hours. Just booked Portugal this morning for the Summer. We have a few holidays booked so plenty of rest & relaxation and sun, sand and sea. Just the tonic I need. LOL! Hope you are well Smile

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Date Thu, 24/05/2012 - 19:37

FANTASTIC blog Jane this is what a blog should look like

so colourful well done a big like from me


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Date Sun, 27/05/2012 - 09:35

Hi Jane, Ragbag here! Blooming 'eck, where to begin. This, for me, is the most colourful and vibrant blog that I've seen for a long time. Every shot is full of life and joyfulness. You are putting yourself under some pressure to beat this one. It is much easier making silly ones like 'what I do'!


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Date Sun, 27/05/2012 - 22:38

This looks a beautiful flower festival, lots of colour and everyone looking so happy, i would of loved to of been there myself.


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Date Wed, 08/01/2014 - 07:42

they look so beautiful i love this event this so beautifully present i love the way the show the flowers beautiful collections of flowers 

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