Thursday, April 11, 2013

FLOWER PARADE

What began in 1936 as a flower parade has become the oldest and most celebrated ode to blooms in Europe.
Ever since its inception, Zundert in the Netherlands has  hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso, with an average 50,000 visitors descending on the town to  look at the brilliant displays.  Creators use dahlias for their breathtaking  displays and build gravity defying sculpture.


Intricate blooms have been  manipulated to create this gravity-defying impressive model of a tiger and her cubs.



Every float is made from dahlias. This twisting house, which is as high as other apartments, weaves its ways through the  narrow streets.



Volunteers created this show-stopping piece, where a startled antelope flees the clutches of a  cheetah.



Utterly (udderly?) brilliant - the competitors left no detail out -  they even included the numbers on the tags on the ears, and what  appears to be the inner workings of a milk-processing plant within the cow's body.



Something fishy about this: Bloemencorso saw this elaborate fish display, a shoal of fish whirling around each  other - even using light-coloured dahlias to shade in the light bouncing off the eyeballs. 



Bloemencorso has spiraled in popularity, as the small population makes huge efforts  to 
outdo one another so they can create sculptures like his huge organ.



Even the meerkats get a mention! The curious animals are brought to life, as creators perfected 
every inch of the models, even down to their nails and shading on their tails.


Look at these birds taking off! Bloemencorso has grown in term  of popularity as well as in the sheer size of the creations.



Bloemencorsois held on the first Sunday of every September. The quaint town becomes packed with visitors and, on this occasion, to see a huge rhinoceros made of delicate flowers.



Humor --

ENGINEERS

Q. What is the difference between Mechanical Engineers and Civil Engineers?
A. Mechanical Engineers build weapons. Civil Engineers build targets.

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"Normal people believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet."


2 comments:

  1. Wow! I'd never heard of this. WOW.

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  2. Spectacular! Someone needs to tell Macy's!

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