There is a field that I have been going to for the past several years to take pictures of sunflowers. This year, I went early to catch the morning light. The farm planted corn on three sides of the field, shrinking the number of acreage with sunflowers significantly. It does not compare with the miles after miles of sunflower fields that I drove by in South Dakota, but this is perhaps the best we can get in this small state.
Carmel Mission, Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo, is in the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, bordering Monterey, CA. At its current location since 1771, it is the second oldest mission in Northern California. We went there on a cloudy Saturday with rain threatening, but the weather eventually turned out fine. Busloads of tourists kept arriving and soon there were lines and throngs of people inside the mission gates. Luckily many went into the church so the grounds were soon cleared.
The mission looked old, but all kinds of colorful plants and flowers grew around its perimeter. I chose not to go inside the gates, and walked around the outside taking many shots of flowers, some of which I could not name.