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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 234.4, Above 234-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 3057)

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Stake 3057, 13 March 1890 View Larger Image
13 March 1890
Stanton secured this long upstream view in Lower Granite Gorge from a right-hand bend. Bare sand and rock extends upslope beyond Stanton’s camera station in this view. Bastardsage and catclaw appear in the right midground, but otherwise the foreground is devoid of vegetation. Beyond the sandy foreground, bastardsage appears in the rocks at the center of Stanton’s view.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-685, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 3057, 15 March 1993 View Larger Image
15 March 1993
More sand has been deposited at this camera station, but the foreground rocks appear to mostly be unchanged. Big galleta grass has colonized the sandy patch with catclaw in the rocks beyond the open sand. The river level is considerably lower than in 1890, exposing more of the small beach on river right that sustains non-native tamarisk. Catclaw and bastardsage persist on the right slope, although at least one individual of bastardsage has died. Mormon tea has appeared lower on the same slope.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 3057, 24 April 2011 View Larger Image
24 April 2011
Big galleta grass has increased in the sandy foreground, as well as the catclaw beyond. The tamarisk on the opposite beach has increased considerably in size. Most impressively, the catclaw in the right midground persists and is well over 121 years old.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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