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Mile 189.0, Below Whitmore Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1514b)

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Stake 1514b, 27 February 1890 View Larger Image
27 February 1890
Ocotillos frame this view looking upstream toward Whitmore Wash and its array of sandbars, one of which is visible in the distance below the triangular-shaped butte. Creosotebush, catclaw, and Mormon tea are abundant on the foreground slope, which also supports several barrel cacti. Several sandbars are visible on both sides of the river channel, including a wide, unvegetated one at right center.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-627, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1514b, 21 February 1991 View Larger Image
21 February 1991
The ocotillo on the left side of the image has died, but the one on the right now largely obscures the image. Creosotebush, catclaw, barrel cacti, and Mormon tea are still common, with some of the individuals persisting, particularly the two individuals in the foreground that are subtly visible in the 1890 view. Brittlebush, beavertail pricklypear, and cottontop cactus are now present. Some vegetation, likely tamarisk, now grows upon the sandbars.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1514b, 28 September 2010 View Larger Image
28 September 2010
The ocotillo is leafed out, indicating recent rains. Many of the plants that had survived the century continue to persist, including the ocotillo, creosotebush, catclaw, and Mormon tea. Barrel cactus is now more abundant than it was two decades earlier, and riparian vegetation has increased in both stature and density.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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