Photographing directly into the sun is generally not very conducive to obtaining good photographs, but it was a good opportunity to practice my photo-editing skills, salvaging my pictures with massive adjustments to the lighting. I'm pretty happy with how they eventually turned out.
I was standing at the mowed edge of a cluster of yellow star thistles.
In front of me was a small swampy area, and beyond that, the bay.
Further down Wetlands Edge Road, the area at the edge of the bay was less swamp and more field.
The field was fantastically colorful. Originally it came out all dark and greyish-looking in my photographs, due to the contrast from the fact that I'd been facing into the sun. But the wonders of the Gimp enabled me to restore the field to full color and brightness!
Eventually, of course, I returned to the freeway and continued toward home. This is the Sacramento skyline (complete with ziggurat) as I approached home.