Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Xenophyte and Xanadu

An introduced species (also known as naturalized species or exotic species) is an organism that is not indigenous to a given location but instead has been accidentally or deliberately introduced to a new location by human activity or by natural means

House sparrow

Kubla Khan


Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

Forest of Xanadu

(Click on the photo to see the sunny spots in the Ancient forest)

Troy and Martha


Granny Smith said...

Xenophyte is a new word for me. The photo of the valley of Xanadu is especially lovely. I enlarged it and felt as though I could almost walk into it.

picturing said...

lovely shot for xanadu...

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Juliana RW said...

lovely view....

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Jerez said...

Xanadu, I forgot about Xanadu! Nice poem too!

Very informative x word!

esnorway said...

nice x good shoots to

Rena said...

What an informative blog. Thanks!

Gary said...

I've been looking for Xanadu for years - thanks for finding it for me!

Great shots and a great post.

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Anonymous said...

It is hard to believe that sparrows are quite uncommon these days. However we get quite a few in the garden now and it very heartening.
Great post.

Denise said...

Another Wednesday, another new word.
Excellent stuff!

The Texican said...

Very enjoyable visit today. I haven't read that one since college days. Keep up the good work.

fishing guy said...

Troy: What a great Sparrow photo you have here. I posted a Sparrow as my opening photo also. You did a really nice job on your capture.

me ann my camera said...

A couple of great choices. Xenophyte is a neat bit of information to know of.
ann at:
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nature tales and camera trails

reader Wil said...

Xanadu and Xenophyte
were put in a new light!
Your photo is better than best!
Last but not lest:
The colours are fine and true
I really like that shade of blue.

I am no poet at all and certainly not in English!
Thank you for the visit! I like your visits!

kjpweb said...

Great choices. Very creative! Cheers, Klaus

Stacey Huston said...

Troy and Martha., You did so much better coming up with X than I did.. I had to streatch it a bit.
Beautiful forest photo.
Hay thanks for your consern on my X post, I used my Sigma 50-500mm lens, I was too close, but my Tripod was the armor plated window sill of my car (wink)

Liz said...

That's a lovely bird photo.

And the damselfly is amazing!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Yes, I am loving your photos and learning some new literature... very nice post.

Kelly said...

This makes me laugh, since yesterday, my friend and I were singing bad seventies songs, and were trying to recall the words to the Olivia Newton John song Xanadu. I had to memorize this poem in High School!

AphotoAday said...

That's a great poem -- I think I'll make a screencapture and tack it up on the wall.
Beautiful scene!
Hope both of you are having a great X day.

Anonymous said...

Nice poem and a great photo.

Daryl said...

That's one of my favorite poems ... and the pix are as always Xtremely good!


RuneE said...

A very special combination, but with X being the subject everything goes ;-)

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Hello Try and Martha,

Very Good and creative,XANADU??? haha I love this area, very much

Thanks that you visited my ABC-X
Greetings from JoAnn/Holland

VP said...

Our native sparrows (your X) are becoming endangered over here. Didn't know you had them over there though. X-cellent post!

becky voyles said...

I have always loved the Xanadu poem. I had a friend who could recite it; probably still can. Thanks for bringing back that memory for me.

starnitesky said...

I am learning lots of new words with the letter X this week. I love the sparrow photograph.

Kathiesbirds said...

You know, that Forest of Xanadu looks an awful lot like a valley I know of in Idaho! I love this poem by the way. I didn't know an indroduced species was a Xenophyte. Nature Tales and Camera Trails (meannmycamera) has a xeno something or other as her X. She posted pictures of an evening grosbeak that lacks the black coloration so it is almost all yellow! eX-ceptional!

Katney said...

Deligthfully original in this most difficult of letters.

John said...

X-ellent post and great shots!

David said...

These are both new words for me, you have done an excellent job of this X post.

Now that I'm back online I'll be reading your blog, even if I can't leave a comment every post. Please do drop by my blog if you have some time and try to answer the "guess what" question.


David Webb

Nydia said...

Both so stunning! I even thought of Xanadu, but the movie with Olivia Newton-John, but changed my mind and found something else!
Beautiful X post!
Kisses from Nydia.

leslie said...

Lovely post! I know I'm late, but I did manage a teeny post for the letter X.

Ackworth Born said...

I always wondered exactly where Xanadu was.

Max-e said...

We also have those sparrows over here. They are everywhere