Lake Hodges and Wild Mustard

On Sunday, I did a little hike along Lake Hodges. Three years ago, in January 2014, is what the “lake” looked like. It stayed that way through 2015 and most of 2016, until it started raining.

Now, areas like in the picture below, that have been bone dry for more than five years, look like this again:

The wetlands are back. I wonder what the fish think that used to be confined to the deeper waters at the other end of the lake. Now they can come up and dig for yummy grubs in the mud that saw no water for years and years. It must be a fish paradise under there now. All that Lebensraum.

Under the I-15 freeway bridge:

This too, has been dry for many years. Now there is water deep enough for boats to go through.

Here is a view down from the pedestrian bridge.

You can see that during the half decade of dryness, serious trees have grown. The one on the left is at least 30 feet tall. The water is at least 10 feet deep here. There are hundreds of trees in this part of the lake. Over the next few months, they will all die. Their leaves will fall off. Then next season, the will start falling over from rot. In a few years, they will all have fallen, except for the strongest and thickets trunks. For comparison, in my 2014 post linked at the top of this page, I took this picture:

You see the red arrow? That points to the exact spot where I stood when I shot the above photo last Sunday. For years, it was bone dry under that bridge. No trees, as you can see, except those in the foreground. The trees all grew in 2014 through 2016.

Then finally, a shot of the hillsides:

Right now, all the hills are covered with Wild Mustard. The plant in the foreground is representative of all the ones in the back. All the hills are rich in yellow now. For those of you that didn’t know, Wild Mustard is the super weed that the following vegetables are all derived from: Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, turnips and kale. Here is a post about that.

And that’s all I have to say about Lake Hodges.

3 thoughts on “Lake Hodges and Wild Mustard

  1. Mary Barnes

    Wild mustard isn’t native to Southern California. Do you know how it got here? Monks scattered the seeds so they could follow the bright yellow trail from one mission to the next.

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