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Mile 122.8, Forster Rapid, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1759b)

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Stake 1759b, 20 February 1890 View Larger Image
20 February 1890
This view shows a broad expanse of eolian sand with scattered vegetation, including catclaw, Mormon tea, narrowleaf yucca, and perennial grasses, in the foreground and Forster Rapid in the left midground. The waves of Forster Rapid are smoothed out by the extended time exposure of the film. A small stand of arrowweed grows in the left midground. Large piles of driftwood line the river bank, and a large sandy beach is visible at the river bend.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-554, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1759b, 16 February 1991 View Larger Image
16 February 1991
Many of the catclaw and Mormon tea persist, and there has also been some mortality and recruitment. The narrowleaf yucca at the left center is still alive, although others present in 1890 have died. The sand has deflated where the arrowweed once grew. Dominant grasses are Indian ricegrass, big galleta grass, and Mesa dropseed, and rubber rabbitbrush and snakeweed are also present. The driftwood is no longer visible, and tamarisk lines the left shoreline. The sandbar at the bend has deflated and is covered with vegetation, probably mostly tamarisk.
Photo credit: Jane Bernard

Stake 1759b, 24 September 2010 View Larger Image
24 September 2010
The camera station is slightly forward and to the left, but most of the plants and features of the original and first match views are identifiable. Some of the narrowleaf yucca have died, while Indian ricegrass has increased both in size and density. Mormon tea and catclaw continue to persist. The riparian vegetation, leafed out, is more readily apparent and appears to have increased in density, and individual tamarisk trees are apparent in the left midground and across the river in the apex of the bend.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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