While driving I-5 with my son, I decided to have yet another look at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Dylan walked inside and, clearly taken aback, blurted “Wow!” In 2000, the bougainvilleas around this archway were in bloom far better than I had ever seen. I knew the best light would be late afternoon, so I planned to return at 4:30, leaving barely enough time before closing. By then, the line of trees to the west and the possibility of low lying clouds would soften the contrast of this scene between the dark shadows of the hallway and the brilliant highlights along the left courtyard. The foreground bougainvilleas would be completely in the shade. The most brilliant colors of flowers or forests are often found in shady or foggy lighting conditions.