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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 229.0, Travertine Canyon, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2553b)

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Stake 2553b, 12 March 1890 View Larger Image
12 March 1890
This downstream view shows the debris fan at the mouth of Travertine Canyon from upstream. There is no vegetation apparent in the foreground, although beyond the boatman sitting on a prominent rock in the left foreground, a few shrubs appear on the left slope.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-674, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2553b, 29 February 1992 View Larger Image
29 February 1992
Bob Webb poses in the same position as the Stanton boatman. A debris flow in the past century has deposited more material in the foreground of this view, but some large boulders are still recognizable in the lower right corner, and the center foreground. Bastardsage has appeared in the rocks behind the model, a small catclaw is in the center of the view behind a small sweetbush.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 2553b, 23 April 2011 View Larger Image
23 April 2011
Even with moderate foot traffic in this popular spot, most of the smaller rocks remain in place, and the catclaw persists in the center. The lower right corner of this view is dominated by sweetbush, which has persisted under the center catclaw and become established on the left slope. Beyond the large sweetbush at lower right,slender poreleaf and buckwheat persist from 1992. Dead catclaw wood remains behind where Webb and the boatman posed in previous photographs.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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