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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 4.0, Water Holes Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 750)

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Stake 750, 24 December 1889 View Larger Image
24 December 1889
The day before Christmas and a planned feast at Lee’s Ferry, a short distance downstream, three members of Stanton’s crew are surveying on a bench a few miles above Lee’s Ferry, opposite a long gravel bar. The vegetation in the foreground includes Mormon tea and four-wing saltbush; the taller plants behind the men are shrub live oak and hackberry.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-245, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 750, 11 June 1975 View Larger Image
11 June 1975
This match includes the central portion of the original wide-angle view, and the other photographs have not been cropped down to this field of view. The shrub live oak and hackberry, leafed out in this summer view, persist. Mormon tea and four-wing saltbush, some persistent, are present, and pricklypear has become established. The gravel bar has been eroded by the clear-water releases from Glen Canyon Dam, and riparian vegetation (mostly non-native tamarisk) has become established along the channel, all results of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam 10 miles upstream.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 750, 20 December 1989 View Larger Image
20 December 1989
Fourteen years later, there has been little change to the view. The plants are dormant in the winter season. Following dam construction, trout fishing has become popular in this reach, and fishermen are visible both on a boat and in the shallows. The camera’s stage appears in the immediate foreground of this wide-angle view.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 750, 30 October 1992 View Larger Image
30 October 1992
The amount of pricklypear, which includes beavertail and grizzlybear, appears to have increased, while some of the foreground shrubs have died. Bob Webb, Jan Bowers, and Mia Hansen pose in the same locations that Stanton’s crew stood a century before. The gravel bar on river left is once again visible owing to low-water releases from Glen Canyon Dam.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 750, 21 April 2011 View Larger Image
21 April 2011
In the two decades between photographs, some of the pricklypear and shrubs have died back, while some new plants have become established. Nonetheless, live oak and other trees along the bank persist the 122 years between the original image and this match. Bob Webb stands slightly closer to the camera than he did in the previous image.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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