The Elizabethan Gardens: HRH
Posted on 18 May ’11 by Earl Moore
I mentioned in my previous post of the heavy wooden truss structure that it was an image from The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. I thought before I post any other photos from the gardens I should give credit due HRH Queen Elizabeth I for whom these gardens were named. The gardens are a memorial to the first English colonist who came to North America in 1584-1587, under Sir Walter Raleigh, as the first attempt to colonize the “New World” under Queen Elizabeth I — a first attempt forever to be known as “The Lost Colony.”
The idea to build these gardens was initially proposed in 1950 but they did not formally open until 1960. The Elizabeth statue is a fairly new addition to the gardens, dedicated in 2006. For whatever it means, it is the world’s largest bronze statue of HRH Queen Elizabeth I.
I found the detail work on the bronze statue to be quite amazing — even more impressive in person then these images imply. Surely only b&w photography would be appropriate for this subject matter.
Some may find these types of photos and the details I’ve provided in this post boring but I have a love for history which has grown with time.
Often the who, what, when, where and why puts the subjects and the images in context and begins the “Once upon a time…” story I aspire the photos to tell.
I would also readily tell you my increasing historical interest may be due to my becoming old enough to be a little historic myself.