sins and virtues

You think: Not every place should deserve the moniker “ghost town”, but this one sure does. You become quiet, you’re treading on someone’s past, you’re stalking some family’s history. Alert.

_DSC1878There’s this one house, a handful of objects poised in perfect harmony against archeology of peeling wallpapers. Two bicycle rims. An iron stove. A tattered suitcase. A frugal spirit lived here, you think.

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Up the road, glorious derelict pickups serve as the foundations of an angry temple. It’s all but hollowed out, and all along the perimeter, wrathful admonishments and biblical verse – enough to frighten off any ghosts, and deter the curious.

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And up atop a bluff, overlooking Anger, a family dwelling, considerably less pious and a lot more down to earth, you think. Diapers to change, milk for the cupboard. A pair of swallows bats at the window, and empty green glass jugs on the steep – a generous soul lived here._DSC1900_DSC1912M72telegraph023

You’d best move on, you don’t want to overstay your welcome.

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Telegraph Creek, Northwest B.C.

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