Deadvlei itself. As previously explained, 'vlei' is the south african word for a wetlands. Only in the dessert, a vlei is seldom wet. This particular vlei does not have a dry or wet riverbed to feed it in time of good rains. The Deadvlei catchment area is limited to the vlei itself. It is not realistic to expect standing or running water in this vlei - hence the name of Deadvlei.
The tree skeletons are of camel thorn trees.
May you experience a weekend that is not so dry.