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The buzz of insects is the only noise you hear on the grounds of the Carmelite Monastery in Carmel, California. The nuns have maintained a vow of silence since coming from Mount Carmel in the Holy Land to the California shores in 1602.  But they were nice enough to let us photograph their beautiful gardens.

San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, California April 2013 – Click here to see the entire collection.

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