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Stanton Repeat Photography

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

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Stake 2602b, 23 December 1889 View Larger Image
23 December 1889
Rotating his camera slightly downstream, Nims took another vertical shot at Ferry Swale (see Stake 2602a). The eolian sand in the foreground and across the river is heavily vegetated with a variety of shrubs, including four-wing saltbush and Mormon tea. Low vegetation above the river on the opposite bank could include coyote willow and arrowweed; a single netleaf hackberry tree appears in the distance above the other shrubby riparian vegetation.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-242, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2602b, 10 February 1992 View Larger Image
10 February 1992
The amount of sand against the cliff on the opposite bank has increased significantly, while the lower sand bar has deflated. The small gully in the foreground has eroded, removing much of the original vegetation. The patch of Mormon tea in the right foreground persists, and four-wing saltbush and biological soil crust are present, along with a rubber rabbitbrush in the lower right corner. Non-native tamarisk grows in dense patches along the banks. The sand bar on the opposite shore is now part of the Ferry Swale Day Use Area, and two privies can be seen at center right.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2602b, 21 April 2011 View Larger Image
21 April 2011
Erosion has continued in the foreground gully, and many of the four-wing saltbush have died off. Many Mormon tea have persisted, but the amount of biological soil crust has declined. Pepperweed is now growing in the bottom of the gully, and the rubber rabbitbrush has died. Netleaf hackberry has become established against the cliff on the opposite shore, and the amount of tamarisk on both sides of the river appears to be similar to that present 19 years before.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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