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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 92.5, Salt Creek, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1457)

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Stake 1457, 7 February 1890 View Larger Image
7 February 1890
Looking back across his tracks, Stanton captured this view of a wide sandbar and boulders at Salt Creek. The crew is perched among the boulders, presumably enjoying the sunshine on what reportedly was a chilly February day in Upper Granite Gorge. What appear to be Stanton’s camera dark cloth and a box are visible in the lower left corner.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-461, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1457, 29 January 1990 View Larger Image
29 January 1990
A large amount of sand deflation dramatically changes the appearance of the view and also made for an inexact match. Many of the same boulders are still present, including the large light-colored one at left center and the pile extending into the river at right center. A line of small tamarisk trees has become established in the center of the view, trapping sand in a hummock at what is now a popular campsite, and catclaw are growing among the boulders in the center of the image.
Photo credit: Glenn Rink

Stake 1457, 20 September 2010 View Larger Image
20 September 2010
The camera is located too far into the view, but changes in the past two decades are still readily apparent. The tamarisks are now much larger, providing desirable shade and wind protection as evidenced by the location of the camp kitchen. A foot of sand has accumulated behind the tamarisk in the past twenty years, partially burying some of the rocks visible in 1990. The distinctive light-colored boulder is now mostly obscured by catclaw, goldenbush, and tamarisk.
Photo credit: Todd Esque

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