Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The sea lover king

Member of several scientific institutions, King Carlos (1863-1908) distinguished himself as oceanographer and naturalist. From 1896 to 1907, he supervised twelve oceanographic campaigns off the Portuguese coast, aboard the 4 royal yachts "Amelia". He collected a lot of zoological material as well as physical and chemical data that he used as a remarkable work of scientific dissemination including several exhibitions and the publication of books and reports. Most of this zoological collection and documents are now kept at the Vasco da Gama Aquarium Museum.

25 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Hello King Carlos! He doesn't seem very talkative ...

Olivier said...

l'ombre se dessine bien, cela rend tres bien

Babzy said...

He looks so real ....

brattcat said...

What a powerful memorial to the King. An excellent photo.

Sharon said...

What a lovely tribute! He can forever view the sea that he loved so much. I also love your new title photo. Beautiful colors.

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting! I hope to visit this Aquarium Museum next trip!
This picture is perfect with the title!Congrats!
Léia :)

Dina said...

A man who did something useful with his yachts.
Wonderful idea for a statue of him.

willow said...

He could easily be mistaken for my WT!

Tinsie said...

Who's the man on the photo?

B SQUARED said...

He looks in good shape for being almost 150 years old.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This sounds like he was similar to the king of Monaco during the same period. He loved the sea, gathered ocean specimens, and founded an aquarium. Maybe they knew and inspired each other. Or competed with each other.

Anzu said...

Thank you for warm autumn sunlight
and a calm seascape !

Your country is very attractive.
(o^-')b nice!

Vogon Poet said...

Beautiful and a bit sad image. I know his story, he was a grandson of our King Vittorio Emanuele II and died tragically in Lisbon. Good to know that he is well remembered for his scientific accomplishments.

JM said...

Yes, VP. He was murdered in Lisbon by republican activists as he travelled in an open carriage with the royal family. His heir, Prince Luís Filipe, was also shot to death. The younger son Prince Manuel was acclaimed King of Portugal (the last of the Braganza dynasty) until 1910, when Portugal became a republic. This was the end of monarchy.

cieldequimper said...

A beautiful tribute and a great shot. The angle from behind is wonderful!

Gunn White said...

I thought it was a real person at first....
Anyway, nice photo and interesting to read the story too.

Anya said...

Its a real KING
:)
Perfect tittle !!

Lois said...

That is a beautiful tribute!

AB said...

By the look across the water, it seems the Portuguese navel tradition lives on.

Joan Elizabeth said...

An very interesting photo and very interesting history too. It could be mistaken for a live person.

Jacob said...

Excellent and informative post, JM. I don't think much of the world realizes how important Portugal has been in terms of natural and scientific discoveries!

Very creatively done, too, with King Carlos facing the water - his other "domain."

exposemaximum said...

nice tribute

Julie said...

Your new banner is drop-dead gorgeous, Jose.

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Great post! To me, it is simply unimaginable that someone living in Portugal could not be a sealover.

Marie-Noyale said...

A nice statue tribute for this man who loved the Sea..
He is now facing it for Eternity.