Since posting this photo, I'm amazed and highly flattered that it has proved so popular. I've seen it on many 'blog' sites with people commenting left, right and centre on it and a recurring theme seems to be that some people believe it to be either a computer generated image or a piece of digital art from some computer game. I even read somewhere that it was an artificially coloured satellite image!
For the record, it IS a photograph, of a real place, that I took on our flight from Cardiff to Faro.
The blue colour is from the water reflecting the sky and the white flecks are of course the clouds. The striking colours are thanks to running the original picture through Topaz Adjust 4.
Not that the above information will help anyone convinced that it's fake, but at least it allows me the opportunity to set the record straight for anyone willing to read this text.
Debate is good and I'm mightily pleased that my image has generated so much of it it!
My thanks to everyone who's taken the time to view it, leave comments and add it to their favourites. I hope that other of my pictures do as well as this one!!
Steve (Wales UK)
**UPDATE** Anyone still doubting the authenticity of this photo might like to read the comments left by Fried Egg Studios and Tracyj2008, both of which can be found on Page 8 of the comments section