Articles by Glenn Franco Simmons

Dahlias are my favorite flowers

 Dahlias are my favorite flower.Most of my dahlia photos were photographed at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park on the grounds of the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. The City's official flower is the dahlia.Some of my favorite dahlias are Carmen Bunky, Victoria Ann, Happier (which I've included in this post) and Veca Lucia.My favorite dahlia poem was written by Lord Holland for his wife Lady Holland.This poem was written by Lord Holland to his wife Lady Holland.... continue reading

Cherry Blossoms And Bees

 When I first began transitioning from photojournalism to what I consider my fine-art photography, I was a bit nervous that the bees swarming around me would sense my apprehension and perhaps sting me. I am highly allergic to bee stings.Eventually, after having them land all over my body and equipment, I developed a quiet "bee zen," in which I really came to love their little critters. I was often so mesmerized by them that I wouldn't even take photos for a while as I watched them.This... continue reading

Point Lobos Preserved For Posterity

    Point Lobos is a pristine locale on the Big Sur Coast of California a few minutes south of world-famous Carmel-by-the-Sea.Point Lobos includes the Point Lobos Natural Reserve as well as two adjoining federally protected marine environments: The Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area.If not for the foresight of engineer Alexander Allen, who purchased a large parcel of Point Lobos in 1933, it would have been subdivided and ruined for posterity,... continue reading

The Flower Photographer of Silicon Valley

 For many years as a boy and young adult, I could not be around flowers or blossoms because of the risk of severe allergy and asthma attacks. I would long for the time when I could be around flowers and blossoms and enjoy them like my Grandma Hill and everyone else.Grandma loved flowers so much, and always had something blooming in her yard in spring and summer, whether in Goleta or Freshwater, Calif., where I grew up.By my late 20s, my allergies subsided to the point where I could be around... continue reading

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