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Stanton Repeat Photography: Mile 130.5, Bedrock Rapid, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1492)

Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 130.5, Bedrock Rapid, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1492)

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Stake 1492, 22 February 1890 View Larger Image
22 February 1890
At the end of Middle Granite Gorge (mile 130), diabase, a distinctive intrusive rock that is greenish-black in Grand Canyon, forms a prominent ledge on both sides of the Colorado River. Before running Bedrock Rapid, Stanton climbed through a notch in the diabase at 9:00 AM to photograph his railroad route, which would have passed through the center of this downstream view. Earlier in the day, he referred to ‟the garden on top of the granite” and the ‟mountain with snow in distance.” In other words, he was definitely admiring this mid-morning view as a distraction from documenting his railroad route. Six barrel cacti are scattered through the view; no brittlebush is visible.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-574, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1492, 17 February 1991 View Larger Image
17 February 1991
When Hymans replicated Stanton’s view below Bedrock Rapid, the weather was cloudy for this view, taken at about 1:30 PM. Barrel cactus has increased; eighteen are visible in 1991. None of the cacti visible in the 1890 view have persisted. Brittlebush is now common here, and numerous catclaw and Mormon tea persist on the slopes at right.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1492, 24 September 2010 View Larger Image
24 September 2010
One of the barrel cacti visible in the near foreground in 1991 has died while the other one has grown much larger. Overall, the number of visible barrel cactus has increased in the past twenty years. Many of the woody shrubs, including Mormon tea, brittlebush, and catclaw, persist from 1991. 
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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