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Mile 65.5, Palisades Creek, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1434b)

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Stake 1434b, 22 January 1890 View Larger Image
22 January 1890
Stanton turned his camera upstream to take this view of Temple Butte, which is prominent in the center skyline. A backwater lined with sand bars and marsh vegetation ringing its margin appears in the left midground. Several clumps of mesquite grow along the high-water line, and Mormon tea is present at several places in the right foreground.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-383, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1434b, 6 February 1991 View Larger Image
6 February 1991
A century later, some of the sandbars have been removed, leading to a large eddy with a ring of mostly non-native tamarisk. The amount of riparian vegetation has increased but mostly is tamarisk and mesquite. Many of the Mormon tea individuals in the right foreground persist, brittlebush is common, and a few cottontop cacti have become established.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1434b, 19 September 2010 View Larger Image
19 September 2010
Some of the Mormon tea present in 1890 continue to persist, and many of the same plants growing two decades ago, including catclaw, brittlebush, and cottontop, are still present. Several new plants, including brittlebush, Mesa dropseed, and snakeweed, have become established. The riparian vegetation zone has broadened and become more dense, with considerable growth of tamarisk behind a stand of what appears to be native species, including coyote willow, seep willow, and other species. The water level is slightly lower than it was in 1991, revealing more of the sand deposits in the eddy.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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