The encroaching forest


As I mentioned the other day, I recently went to British Columbia to meet up with my friend Ehpem. He was an excellent host, showing me non-tourist parts of Victoria, and arranging a trip up the west coast of the island, where’d he planned a stop at this little ocean-front community because he knew I’d like to see (and photograph, endlessly) the remains of the place.

As we were standing there, cameras in hand, he remarked on the difference between what the surroundings looked like compared to what I usually see in West Texas. It was a good point: we have more problems with encroaching dirt than encroaching forests…

Jordan River, British Columbia
photographed 4.22.15

(Here’s a self-portrait that Ehpem made during our Jordan River stop.)

Posted on May 6, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the great visit! And the mention here.

    The shrubs and forest are relentless. For a time the ruins can be hidden by dense impenetrable growth and then decades later as the forest takes over the understory thins and whatever has not rotted might be visible as shapes in the humus and moss of the forest floor.


    • When we lived in Louisiana, there was a huge problem with kudzu, a non-native plant that would cover everything. And cover it in a hurry. Scenes like this one in Jordan River would have been just leafy green lumps.

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      • I believe that is the fate for this one too. Perhaps not so quickly as kudzu would manage. But no less final. It was quite recently that these places were still occupied.


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