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Mile 31.9, Vasey's Paradise, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 2527)

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Stake 2527, 17 July 1889 View Larger Image
17 July 1889
While waiting for the crew to cache supplies at the mouth of South Canyon prior to evacuating the first expedition, Nims hiked down towards Vasey’s Paradise to take this image. The waterfalls at Vasey’s Paradise are not visible but flow off the near-vertical slopes at right center. A small redbud tree is growing at right center, and several clumps of perennial grasses are visible in the right foreground. A boulder island, which is outwash from the South Canyon debris fan upstream, can be seen along the left center.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-328, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2527, 3 January 1992 View Larger Image
3 January 1992
Many small new rocks are present in the foreground, probably from a small rockfall(s). The grasses are gone and have been replaced by biological soil crusts and mosses, and Utah agave grow along the cliff at right. A redbud grows in the same place as the one 103 years before, but it is likely a different tree. While no individual rocks can be identified on the boulder island, it has roughly the same shape.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2527, 17 September 2010 View Larger Image
17 September 2010
The camera station is slightly forward of the 1992 camera station, but the proximity to the cliff at right exaggerates some differences that are not real changes on the right side. Many of the same Utah agave and perennial grasses have persisted the intervening 18 years. The area that had sustained biological soil crusts has been scraped clean, apparently by bighorn sheep bedding at this site or possibly campers accessing the river corridor from South Canyon. The boulder bar is now more heavily vegetated than it was 18 years before, probably with seepwillow and non-native tamarisk.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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