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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 233.4, Above 234-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2667)

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Stake 2667, 13 March 1890 View Larger Image
13 March 1890
By the time Stanton and crew reached western Grand Canyon, they had developed sufficient boating skills to run what are now considered large rapids. These included 231-Mile and 232-Mile Rapids, which they ran on 13 March 1890 with little note or trouble. Below 232-Mile Rapid, Stanton stopped at 9:15 AM to capture this upstream view. He placed his camera only a short distance from his boat, which is uncharacteristic of his other views.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-684, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2667, 15 March 1993 View Larger Image
15 March 1993
232-Mile Rapid is the last whitewater of significance in Grand Canyon, primarily because of some rocks in the tailwaters that become emergent and dangerous at low dam releases. The river flows freely for another four miles or so, depending on the level of Lake Mead. The gorges through schist and granite are well-known for their boils and whirlpools, informally referred to as ‟swirlies.” Both the original and replicate views artistically show this turbulence well. Steve Tharnstrom matched Stanton’s view on March 15, 1993, at 12:07 PM.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2667, 24 April 2011 View Larger Image
24 April 2011
In the 18 year interim, there has been little change in this view. At the water’s edge pockets of tamarisk appear along river right. Vegetation on banks appears new, but may be present on previous leafless winter match. As in 1993, this view was matched using a neutral density filter to replicate the water surface in Stanton’s. This resulted in a long exposure, which was difficult in gusty winds.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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