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Mile 2.0, Colorado River, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 755b)

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Stake 755b, 26 December 1889 View Larger Image
26 December 1889
This camera station, upstream from Lee’s Ferry, represents the last photographs Franklin Nims took before the Stanton expedition reached what passed for civilization at Lonely Dell Ranch on the Paria River. This upstream view is from a low bedrock terrace on the left side of the Colorado River. This slope is sparsely dominated by blackbrush and Mormon tea. Interestingly, footprints are apparent in the soil leading up to the camera station. In the mid-1890s, Stanton returned to this area to build a road to his mining claims on river terraces in Glen Canyon.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-250, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 755b, 11 June 1975 View Larger Image
11 June 1975
This first match is only a partial view of the original wide-angle photograph. Rocks are piled in the right foreground from Stanton’s road, which cuts through the lower right corner of the view but largely spares the camera station. The Mormon tea that was previously at lower right was killed, but seven blackbrush persist from 1889 and two new individuals have become established. A pricklypear has become established in the center of the foreground.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 755b, 28 October 1989 View Larger Image
28 October 1989
This second match is partial and slightly off the original camera station. Blackbrush continues to persist in this view, but no new individuals have become established. The Mormon tea and prickly pear in the center of the foreground have died. There are four new narrowleaf yuccas in the midground, and a new turpentine bush appears in the lower left corner. Farther upstream, the right riverbank has become more heavily vegetated with non-native tamarisk while the left side has less vegetation.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 755b, 28 October 1992 View Larger Image
28 October 1992
The near shoreline remains unchanged, but riparian vegetation has increased in density upstream, particularly on river left (right side at center). Phragmites are apparent along the river banks, and a mix of native and non-native woody species are further back from the river. Blackbrush, prickly pear, turpentine bush, and Mormon tea continue to persist, although two Mormon tea individuals have died in the foreground. Snakeweed and narrowleaf yucca have established in the view, and the yuccas have been grazed, probably by cattle or horses, and cattle dung appears in the view.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 755b, 21 April 2011 View Larger Image
21 April 2011
Along the upstream banks on both sides of the Colorado River, riparian vegetation has become established to the water edge where sand was exposed in earlier matches. Indian ricegrass, dropseed, shadscale, and shrubby coldenia have colonized the roadway, which does not appear to be have more use than as a cattle path. Woody aster is new to the view. The blackbrush and Mormon tea populations appear stable with many persistent individuals; no blackbrush and only one Mormon tea have died. Three of the narrowleaf yuccas have died during recent drought years, and one narrowleaf yucca has become established and then died in the last 19 years as well.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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