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Mile 167.1, Downstream from National Canyon, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1584b)

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Stake 1584b, 26 February 1890 View Larger Image
26 February 1890
Stanton’s image downstream from National Canyon shows an interesting pattern of light on the river, owing in part to his long exposure time and the lighting conditions at the time of his visit. The river had risen in the days before this image was secured, perhaps peaking at the time of this photograph. A large catclaw dominates this view, largely obscuring a sandbar just downstream. Mesquite is growing at what is now called the old high-water line, and greythorn is also present.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-611, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1584b, 19 February 1991 View Larger Image
19 February 1991
Many of the same mesquite and catclaw are still present, including the plant in the immediate foreground, and the greythorn has also persisted the century. The sandbar has aggraded somewhat and is now partially vegetated. The water level is three or four feet lower than it was in 1890.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1584b, 27 September 2010 View Larger Image
27 September 2010
The moon was setting over the distant cliffs when John Mortimer took this match at 9:16 AM. The match is slightly off, but not enough to affect the interpretation that many of the catclaw, mesquite, and greythorn that were present in 1890 continue to persist. The sandbar at center is now covered with a thick growth of riparian vegetation, mostly arrowweed and non-native tamarisk, which also lines much of the river channel.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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