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Mile 10.2, Opposite Ferry Swale Day Use Area, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2602a)

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Stake 2602a, 23 December 1889 View Larger Image
23 December 1889
Nims captured this striking view from a talus slope covered with eolian sand; a similar slope is visible on the opposite shore at the base of the large cliff. Nowadays, views of this bend and others nearby taken from the rim appear on calendars and other media promoting the scenic vistas of canyon country. The dense collection of shrubs includes Mormon tea, grizzlybear pricklypear, and four-wing saltbush.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-242, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2602a, 10 February 1992 View Larger Image
10 February 1992
A century later, the height of the sand dune visible on the opposite shore has increased dramatically, likely deposited by large floods between 1890 and 1923. Tamarisk is now present here, growing in dense rows along the shoreline. Several individuals of Mormon tea persist, while the pricklypear has died. Four-wing saltbush is still growing in the area, although none of the original plants persist. Other vegetation growing on the slopes includes globemallow and rubber rabbitbrush; and biological soil crust is common.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2602a, 21 April 2011 View Larger Image
21 April 2011
Many of the four-wing saltbush have died off in the two decades between photographs, and the amount of biological soil crust has declined. The Mormon tea to the left of the boulder persists, and tamarisk is still abundant in the view.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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