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Mile 26.7, Tiger Wash, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1561b)

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Stake 1561b, 13 January 1890 View Larger Image
13 January 1890
On their first clear day in a week, the Stanton expedition finally got through the Roaring 20’s. The portaging and lining required every half mile had taken its toll; all the boats needed repair. The intended camp for the night of 13 January 1890 was South Canyon, where the crew would fix the leaky boats and retrieve the goods they had stashed six months earlier in an alcove. But rapids still impeded travel, and Tiger Wash Rapid required yet another portage of goods and lining of boats. At noon, when the rest of the crew was enjoying the sunshine, Stanton climbed onto a shady terrace on river left and made this downstream view, dominated by a juniper tree that was obviously dead some time before Stanton arrived.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-317, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1561b, 2 February 1991 View Larger Image
2 February 1991
Was the dead tree the intended subject of Stanton’s photograph? Whether intentional or not, the dead snag still dominates the downstream view at Tiger Wash Rapid. Small twigs collected from the tree and radiocarbon dated indicate the tree died about 550 years ago. The new juniper on the terrace is one of the few present along the river corridor. None of the Utah agaves have persisted the century, but many news ones occur throughout the foreground. Five individuals of Mormon tea and one of Anderson thornbush persist the century, but Apache plume has decreased on the left and increased on the right sides of the view. The small rapid behind the tree is informally called ‟MNA Rapid” for the Museum of Northern Arizona trip that witnessed the rockfall that created the rapid in 1974.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1561b, 16 September 2010 View Larger Image
16 September 2010
The dead juniper is still standing, although some of its topmost branches are now shorter. Apache plume in the view is approximately the same, although the presence of considerable non-native brome grass somewhat obscures the perennial vegetation. The Utah agave in the foreground has died, and others have flowered and died, but new ones are apparent in the view. The juniper new to the view in 1991 has grown considerably. Tamarisk growing along the opposite bank has greatly increased.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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