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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 67.2, Comanche Creek, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1438b)

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Stake 1438b, 22 January 1890 View Larger Image
22 January 1890
From the same perch atop the limestone boulder where he captured an upstream view, Stanton obtained this downstream image showing Comanche and Escalante Buttes in the distance and the mouth of Tanner Canyon in the left background. Snowline is extremely low, as seen in the drainage across the river at right. Mormon tea and grasses are present on the Pleistocene terrace in the foreground and midground, and mesquite clumps are visible along the high-water line.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-390, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1438b, 8 February 1991 View Larger Image
8 February 1991
Many of the Mormon tea and perennial grasses have survived the century, as have the mesquite, which appear to be denser today. Four-wing saltbush is now common, and snakeweed, fluffgrass, and brittlebush are also present.
Photo credit: Jane Bernard

Stake 1438b, 20 September 2010 View Larger Image
20 September 2010
Some of the mesquite, grasses, and Mormon tea present in 1890 continue to persist, as do snakeweed, four-wing saltbush, grasses, and brittlebush from 1991. The general impression is an increase in size and density of perennial vegetation on this surface, but this could in part be caused by the seasonality difference between this view and the two previous ones. The riparian vegetation along the river corridor has increased in number and density, and common reed is visible in the bend in the center of the photograph. 
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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