Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Magical Float Barn

~~ Birds and Rainbows, heading out to pick up a well-deserved award! ~~
Thought I'd share one last float-related photo.  On New Year's Eve, we stopped by the Float Barn, in Sierra Vista Park, just prior to the time when the float headed out of its almost-yearlog home and out onto Colorado Boulevard to show off its beauty to the world.  

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!


16 comments:

  1. I have enjoyed your insight here of what goes on long before we see such a beauty in the Rose Parade. I bet the smell was divine.

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    1. Thank you, LOL! The strange thing is that I don't remember smelling the flowers that day!

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  2. how fun! and what lol said, the smell must have been amazing!

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    1. It really was fun! I'm wondering why I didn't smell anything. I usually have quite the sensitive nose. Must have been all the excitement!

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  3. It's so colorful and festive! I love these beautiful floats you've captured (agree with Tanya the smell must've been divine!:)

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  4. Fun!!! I helped decorate the Sunkist float way back when I was in High School...it was fun and quite exciting!!! A lot of energy, even though it was painstaking and very slow, detailed work!!!

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    1. Wow. That would be fun!! I've never thought to try it, because I'm not artistic and would likely be the first person ever to be asked to not volunteer again!

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  5. All I can think of is buuuurrr cold. Especially with the photo post below this one.

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  6. It's a cute one! Talk about a blue bird of happiness.

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    1. There he is - with two good friends!

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  7. Glad you used a few exclamation points! I use them generously myself.

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    1. I can't help myself. I'm fond of them!! (!!)

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  8. I'll bet the reason you didn't smell it was because it was so cold in there. It keeps the flowers fresh but their smell is stronger when they're warm. I don't think I'm making that up. Maybe I am.

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    1. That's it! Mystery solved. I think I've heard that, too. I don't think I'm making it up either. Maybe I am! (Really, though. I think you're right.)

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