High up in the Cariboo Mountains of South West British Columbia, on the back road from Barkerville to Likely sits Ghost Lake. As a lake it’s nothing special – you can boat, camp and fish there just like a host of other lakes in this evergreen playground I call home … and there are no ghosts there; pity that.
What is special about Ghost Lake is that the west end of the lake spawns the Mathew River starting with the first cataract of Ghost Lake Falls, a spectacular, thunderous three stage waterfall that drops about 200 feet to the Mathew River.
The middle stage is adjacent to the bridge across the river with the final stage below the bridge just before becoming the Mathew River. You can see it all here:
On the other side of the world in the Namib Desert is a dry lake full of ghosts. Deadvlei and the sourrounding area of Sossusvlei is world famous for the forest of long dead and preserved Camel Thorn trees sticking out of the dry lakebeds, backed by the red tinged dunes of the Namib. If we could put water back in the dry lakes, would the trees come back to life? What if they could speak? What would they say?
This is the stuff of “rainy day projects” and strange things can happen when the “rainy day muse” show up for work.
Would they mourn their dead?
Can you spot the animals? There are three.
Would they settle old scores?
Hot enough for you?
They don’t seem to move much. Does that make them lazy?
Do young trees behave like children? Do old trees behave like parents?
Would they recognize their relatives?
Do they get lonely?
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