|~~ Birds and Rainbows, heading out to pick up a well-deserved award! ~~|
This shot gives a decent overview of some of the fun things that were going on. Down below, there were float workers and up above, on the catwalk that covers three sides of the building, visitors were free to stand anywhere - and for however long - they liked.
This was my first visit to the barn. It was like a glimpse into a magical, time-warp world, with reminders everywhere of the many years that the members of the Rose Float Association have been working together. What really captured my imagination were the shelves with various containers holding seeds from years' past, including Cranberry Seeds, Alfalfa Seeds, Spanish Moss, Fennel Seeds, and Ming Moss (with a label that said "2/04").
All around the tops of the walls there were signs from previous years' entries, including Suenos de California (2011), and California Girls! (2010), both of which won the Governor's Trophy. What a nice feeling it must be for those who work so hard, to be recognized by the Tournament of Roses Association!