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Mile 107.6, Upper Bass Area, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1754b)

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Stake 1754b, 17 February 1890 View Larger Image
17 February 1890
With his back to Bass Rapid, Stanton obtained this view showing sweetbush, pricklypear, and Mormon tea growing in the spaces between outcrops and boulders of the dark-colored diabase the occurs in this reach. Several small sand beaches are visible adjacent to the river, and Stanton’s boats are parked in the distance on the right bank.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-510, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1754b, 14 February 1991 View Larger Image
14 February 1991
After 101 years, pricklypear, probably a hybrid of grizzlybear and beavertail pricklypear, is more abundant today. Brittlebush also is present, and other Stanton views in this vicinity showed that it was present in low density in 1890. While sweetbush still grows in the area, none of the individuals appear to have persisted the century. The beaches have deflated by several feet, and the one at center is now vegetated. In taking this image, Bernard had to shade the lens against the sun, with the dark slide used visible in the upper right corner.
Photo credit: Jane Bernard

Stake 1754b, 23 September 2010 View Larger Image
23 September 2010
The match is slightly off, but individual plants are readily identifiable. Many of the sweetbush, Mormon tea, and pricklypear present two decades before persist. The vegetation growing on the sandbar, leafed out in the warm season, appears to have increased.
Photo credit: Todd Esque

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