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AUG19140 AUG 1914 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.1914.08

Perm. No. Santa Rita. Temp. No. 1958. Photo Sta. #63. Looking N.E. from near Whitehouse in Madera Canyon. The dead tree and white rocks are in old corral used by freighters in early days. The old Apache trail runs just to the left of the little hill. Photo by Forbes. 8/23/14. Forbes No. 407. Compare with 1863 (104-C).

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JUL19350 JUL 1935 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.1935.07

Perm. No. 328664. Temp. No. 1863. Photo Station #63. Located just north of the Old Whitehouse in the mouth of Madera Canyon. Retake of (Forbes Photo #407) Santa Rita #1958. Original photo shows apparently more grass density, and dense growth of shrubs than is apparent at the present time. 1-f32-8"-K2-V. Photo by Cribbs, S.R.E.R. 7/1/35. (Hand drawn map on back of photo).

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APR19840 APR 1984 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.1984.04

PS 63. Azimuth 40. April 20, 1984. RFB. Honeywell Pentax 35mm camera. 35mm WA lens. f:8-11 1/125 30'. 2:00 P.M. Robert F. Buttery.

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JAN19880 JAN 1988 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.1988.01

PS-63. Az 40. Jan. 26, 1988. RFB. Canon AE-1, 35mm camera. 35mm WA lens. Robert F. Buttery.

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MAY20001 MAY 2000 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.2000.05

PS 63. May 17, 2000. Facing northeast. Azimuth 40. ASA 135, Plus X film. 35mm lens focal length. 30' north of road looking across wash at mile marker 11. Some Boer's lovegrass; little bit of Eragrostis lehmanniana; mostly native grasses. Stump on left edge of 1988 photo is still present but behind mesquite that has grown larger. M. McClaran.

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063_1_2007_04 APR 2007 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.2007.04

PS. 063. 09 April 2007. Facing northeast, Azimuth 40. Pasture none. Elevation 1359 m. ISO 100, 35mm focal length, Canon 5D Digital Camera. Witness present, camera above 3 m forward from witness because witness view blocked by small mesquite and witness is bent with top nearly touching ground. Witness about 3 m east of road. Some mesquite killed by 2005 fire, including larger foreground mesquite plants. Smaller shrubs across wash are Mimosa biuncifera. Mexican blue oak foliage in top right of photo. Desert spoon in center of photo, ocotillo on distant hill with mesquite and oak. Sprangletop, sideoats grama, tall threeawns, tanglehead and can beardgrass all common. Compared to 2000, more grass and less mesquite. M. McClaran photographer, C. McMurtry assistant.

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063_1_2009_03 MAR 2009 1

Photo Archive No. 63.1.2009.03

PS. 063. 18 March 2009. Facing northeast, Azimuth 40. Pasture none. Elevation 1366 m. ISO 100, 35mm focal length, Canon 5D Digital Camera. Witness present, camera above 3 m forward from witness because witness view blocked by small mesquite and witness is bent with top nearly touching ground. Witness about 4 m east of road. Some mesquite killed by 2005 fire, including larger foreground mesquite plants. Smaller shrubs across wash are Mimosa biuncifera. Mexican blue oak foliage in top right of photo. Desert spoon in center of photo, ocotillo on distant hill with mesquite and oak. Sprangletop, sideoats grama, tall threeawns, tanglehead and cane beardgrass all common. Compared to 2007, more grass; and the dead mesquite in the foreground have been removed; the removal of mesquite made it possible to see the beargrass at the base of the mesquite at the left midground. Also note that the large flat rock that was present in the 1914 and 1935 photographs has not been present since the 1984 (probably earlier, but no photo). That rock would have been immediately behind and to the right of the desert spoon in the center of the 2009 photo. M. McClaran photographer, A. Peterson assistant.

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