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Mile 122.8, Forster Rapid, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1759a)

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Stake 1759a, 20 February 1890 View Larger Image
20 February 1890
The weather was rainy but warm when Stanton secured this view at about 3:46 PM. The expedition spent a rare day of running rapids instead of lining and portaging them. Stanton summed up the pleasure of river running with his description of 122 Mile Rapid: “We run [122 Mile Rapid] in fine style. High waves but we cut through on the left and miss them all. What beautiful rapids all day today.” After running Forster Rapid, Stanton photographed this downstream view to capture an individual of narrowleaf yucca in the foreground.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-555, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1759a, 1 March 1993 View Larger Image
1 March 1993
The narrowleaf yucca, or rather its stems that arise from the persistent root crown, remains in the same place as the original plant stood a century before. This species reproduces vegetatively as well as through seeds. Several Mormon tea on this slope, with its sparse cover of eolian sand, have died, but several others persist. A catclaw in the center of the view to the right of the narrowleaf yucca is leafless but persistent over the past 103 years, looking very much the same size but with different branches.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 1759a, 24 September 2010 View Larger Image
24 September 2010
While the stems of the narrowleaf yucca that were visible in 1993 appear to have died back, a new stem seems to be growing from the same root crown. There is less big galleta grass growing in the right midground than there was two decades before. The catclaw, leafed out in this late-summer view, is larger than in the two previous views. Tamarisk is now growing along the river, along with some coyote willow.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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