Lake Hodges Morning (4 photos)

Morning walk at Lake Hodges, on the old trail that used to connect 4S Ranch with Del Dios, before the dam was built and the valley flooded.

I guess the many Eucalyptus trees are descendents of the Santa Fe railroad’s attempts to grow trees in the area for railroad ties, but who knows. Unfortunately, they’re actually an invasive species that doesn’t belong here. They root much deeper than other plants, and thus take water away from the native plants in the chaparral and riparian woodlands.

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