Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Tue, 21 Mar 2023 01:18:00 GMT Tue, 21 Mar 2023 01:18:00 GMT https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/img/s/v-12/u694567909-o1056855695-50.jpg Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography: Blog https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog 120 68 Happy Naw-Ruz! https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/naw-ruz Floral Naw-Rúz images designed by Bahá’í Writings As Art.Happy Naw-Rúz!Happy Naw-Rúz! Today, I added some Naw-Rúz-themed floral photos. If you would like to download free photos to share on social media, please visit this gallery.

"The Bahá’í new year is called Naw-Rúz, which literally means, “New Day” in Persian, the language of Iran where the Bahá’í Faith has its roots. Like the ancient Persian new year, the Baha’i new year occurs on the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Floral Naw-Rúz images designed by Bahá’í Writings As Art.Happy Naw-Rúz!Happy Naw-Rúz! "The Bahá’í calendar has nineteen months of nineteen days each, leaving either four or five days depending on whether it is a leap year, which are known as Ayyám-i-Há or Intercalary days.

The Bahá’í month leading up to Naw-Rúz is a month of daytime fasting, used as a time of introspection and prayer. Baha’is rise before the sun to eat breakfast and pray. They break the day’s fast in the evening after sunset. The Fast offers both a physical and spiritual preparation for spring and renewal. Naw-Rúz marks the end of the Fast and is often celebrated with an especially festive meal."

Source: U.S. Bahá’í website.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Baha'i Faith Bahá'í Faith Baha'i Naw-Rúz Bahá'í Naw-Rúz Naw-Rúz https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/naw-ruz Tue, 21 Mar 2023 01:18:04 GMT
Mexican Dam Floods At Rio Vista Road https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/mexican-dam Carson City Flood 2023Carson City Flood 2023The Carson River at Mexican Dam in March 2023 was near flood stage. The rushing Carson River was just feet from Rio Vista Road. Mexican Dam, a popular hiking location in Carson City, Nev., flooded in March along Rio Vista Road. Although the water did not go over the road surface the day I was there photographing, it came within feet of the road and flooded downstream. 

The slideshow above shows flooding and/or high water in Moffat Open Space, Mexican Dam along Rio Vista Road, Morgan Mill Park flooding, and flooding on the west side of the Carson River as seen from the Ambrose Open Space along Deer Run Road. While the open space was closed, I parked just outside the barrier and took photos.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson City flood Fairview Drive flood March March 2023 flood Moffat Open Space https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/mexican-dam Tue, 21 Mar 2023 00:16:43 GMT
Beautiful Sierra Nevada Visible From California Trail https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/beautiful-sierra California Trail photos by Glenn Franco Simmons.California Trail In Carson CityThe California Trail in Carson City. I added another photo to my California Trail photos today. I took it a few days ago. Today, it's raining and there isn't as much snow in the lower elevations surrounding Carson City, but on the west side, the snow was mostly still like this when I was on my walk today.

The California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from South Saliman to Airport Road. It's a nice area to walk any time of year, even along I-580.

It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) California Trail Carson City Carson City wetlands cows gate gates lock gate lock gates locked locked gates Lompa Ranch https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/beautiful-sierra Sat, 11 Mar 2023 03:32:27 GMT
Gate Lock Removed; Trail Accessible https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/gate-lock Before the flooding on March 10, 2023, the gates on the California Trail were both unlocked. As soon as the flooding subsides, the trail will be accessible once again.

Previously, for at least a week, one of the pedestrian gates was locked and you had to climb over it or over the barbed wire or return where you came from. Perhaps it was an oversight when there was a risk of flooding earlier.

That said, it was a minor inconvenience.

California Trail photos by Glenn Franco Simmons.California Trail In Carson CityPlease make sure the gates are closed and latched.
What is not minor are unlatched gates, which I have encountered numerous times in the three years I've walked the trail.

In cold, icy weather, it can be difficult to latch the eastern gate because of the type of mechanism it has. If you are unable to latch it, please contact Carson City public works or parks or someone and tell them you were unable to latch the gate.

When I latched it on March 8, there were cows grazing very close to the gate. With the new trail from Fairview, there is no gate to stop a wayward cow from going up that trail to Fairview and possibly even Interstate 580.

Or, a cow or cows could make their way toward the wetlands and Airport Drive.

California Trail photos by Glenn Franco Simmons.California Trail In Carson CityThe California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from South Saliman to Airport Road. It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580.

It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.
Be responsible. Using that trail is a privilege, as it goes through an active ranch with horses and cattle. Show some respect for the ranching family that has worked with the city to make using the California Trail possible.

Gotta hand it to the city whose crews keep the trail plowed and free of snow. It is a pleasure to be able to use this trail system. They do an excellent job.

Views from the trail are spectacular, especially when there is snow.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) California Trail Carson City Carson City wetlands cows gate gates lock gate lock gates locked locked gates Lompa Ranch https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/gate-lock Sat, 11 Mar 2023 03:07:33 GMT
Minor Flooding In Carson City March 2023 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/minor-flooding Carson City Flood 2023Moffat Open Space FloodThis is part of the Moffat Open Space, as accessed from Hells Bells Road. It was flooded when I went there to walk. There was minor flooding in Carson City on Friday, March 10, 2023. After I was done walking around the Carson City Wetlands, Moffat Open Space and down Hells Bells Road, I took a drive on Deer Run Road and I could see the Carson River overflowing its banks along the trail area closest to the river at the Korean War Memorial trail system. Here are some photos from my outing. I will post more later. (Update: The slideshow below shows high water and/or flooding along the Carson River in Carson City, Nev., in March 2023.)

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson City flood Carson City flooding Carson City Wetlands Fairview Drive flood flooding Hells Bells Road Moffat Open Space https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/minor-flooding Sat, 11 Mar 2023 02:56:49 GMT
Carson City's California Trail Features Stunning Views https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/trail California Trail In Carson CityCalifornia Trail In Carson CityThe California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from South Saliman to Airport Road. It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580.

It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.
The California Trail goes through what is left of Lompa Ranch, which was one of the largest ranches in Carson City, before development has engulfed much of the city. It offers stunning views.

What is surprising (and this has nothing to do with the Lompa family) is how little space the city has chosen to purchase to set aside within the city proper. A tax measure was passed for the purchase of land on the outskirts of the city.

Within the city, Mills Park remains the largest city park, but it is infested with drug and alcohol issues, and I've heard more than one call about perverts at the park on my police scanner. I have yet to visit it, after visiting Carson City for 30 years and living here for three (and I walk and hike 5 to 20 miles a day, when weather and health allow).

Lompa RanchLompa RanchPart of the Lompa Ranch in Carson City, Nev. The ranch was once one of the biggest in the area. Originally, dairy cows were raised and then beef cattle. The California Trail that parallels this portion of the ranch offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada and the foothills of Centennial Peak that is part of the Virginia Mountain Range. The remaining part of Lompa Ranch that is used for cattle ranching would be a perfect park, should the family that owns it ever sells it. It would be much better as a park than more housing. The amount of housing possible on the acreage is minimal, so it wouldn't really hurt the amount of housing that is needed.

The California Trail that parallels this portion of the ranch offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada, Slide Mountain and the foothills of Centennial Peak of the Virginia Mountain Range.

Carson Now has a little history about the ranch: "In 1936 Sam and Eva Lompa bought 820 acres and used it to raise sheep and cattle. Milk from their dairy farm went to creameries in the Carson Valley."

I took a spur to take these photos. The ranch has been divided between a variety of developments, including I-580 that runs through it now. I walked over the I-580 bridge and down East Fifth Street to take this photo. Can't do it when it snows, so I did it when I could.

California Trail In Carson CityCalifornia Trail In Carson CityThe California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from South Saliman to Airport Road. It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580.

It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.
While I'm critical of the city about several major issues, such as not being able to afford to properly pave its own streets despite allowing the city to develop like a mini-Los Angeles in terms of sprawl, I am not critical of the Lompa family and/or whomever owns the land now. Some of the ranchland was donated, including land to build Carson High School. That is to the family's credit. And, land is needed to house more families. That is obvious.

My criticism is with the city and the Board of Supervisors for successive generations that has not seen fit to create another park the size of Mills Park, even as the city has exponentially increased in size, as it looks more and more like the over-development that plagues Reno, Las Vegas and many areas of California.

My wife is a native of Carson City and her family is here. They've seen the changes through the years. While I cannot speak for them, it is obvious that haphazard development in Carson City reflects a lack of vision in many respects.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) California Trail Carson City Carson City landscape Carson City landscapes Carson City wetlands Centennial Peak Lompa Ranch Sierra Nevada snow Virginia Mountain Range https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/trail Mon, 06 Mar 2023 15:42:36 GMT
Rose Of Love A Favorite Persian Hidden Word https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/rose Persian Hidden Word 3 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons with a rose.Persian Hidden Word 3O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love. .... I've yet to add hundreds upon hundreds of photos to my Bahá’í-inspired artwork on this website. I used to have several thousand photos with excerpts from the Bahá’í Writings, but I was unaware that my computer monitor was not able to be calibrated and for years my photos were too dark. I probably will never be able to re-create all those photos before the end of my life. However, I'll try. 

If you visit this site and enjoy it and the Bahá’í Writings that are featured, please share with family and friends. If you cannot afford a photo to frame, please send me an email, and I'll send you an original that you can use for personal (not commercial) use.

Persian Hidden Word 3 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons with a rose.Rose Of LoveO FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love. ... The Rose of Love photo gallery features Persian Hidden Word 3: 

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Persian Hidden Word 3. © Bahá’í International Community. Used in accordance with BIC terms and with permission. Photo © Bahá’í Writings As Art. The featured photo is Cherry Parfait and it is one of my favorites. The second is Sparkle & Shine. They were photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. I was blessed with having lived in Cupertino for a decade. We lived about 15 minutes away from the rose garden.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Baha'i Faith Baha'i-inspired art Baha'u'llah Cherry Parfait Rose Cupertino Garden of Thy Heart Glenn Franco Simmons Persian Hidden Word 3 Persian Hidden Words plant naught but the rose of love rose of love San Jose Municipal Rose Garden Sparkle & Shine https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/rose Mon, 06 Mar 2023 15:10:33 GMT
Gate Locked Carson City's California Trail https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/carson-citys-california-trail If you cannot latch the California Trail's eastern pedestrian gate, report it to public works. Please do not endanger the cattle, by allowing them to get loose.Locked GateFor some reason, one of the gates was locked on the California Trail in March. It's unlocked now, but the latch is very, very difficult to latch. Please latch it. If you cannot do so, report it to public works. Please do not endanger the cattle, by allowing them to get loose. The California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from Solomon to Airport. It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.

For some reason, one of two pedestrian gates has been locked on the California Trail, much to the consternation of joggers, walkers and bikers. I saw one father lift his daughter over the lower barbed wire, along with their bikes. Senior citizens and some walkers, bikers and joggers not strong enough to lift themselves over the fence have been stopped.

California Trail In Carson CityCalifornia Trail In Carson CityThe California Trail in Carson City stretches, in part, from South Saliman to Airport Road. It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580.

It's a beautiful area to walk any time of year, even along I-580. Just bring some headphones, tune out the busy interstate traffic and check out the birds in the reeds along the waterway.

It is particularly beautiful in the snow. Occasionally, one or both the gate are locked. In winter 2023, one gate was locked, which perturbed bikers, joggers and walkers. I just hopped over it, but some people didn't want to.
I just hop over it, but as a former safety officer, I wonder how wise it is for the city to lock the gates. If cattle getting loose is a problem, a solution would be cattle grates, which should have been installed when the gates were installed, along with fencing to prevent cattle from going around the cattle grates. Someone could get injured very easily on icy, snowy and/or slippery bars that form the gate; or, if someone isn't strong enough to lift themselves over the gate, ripping their skin on the lower barbed wire fence that forms the barriers on each side of each gate.

There are no city signs saying the trail is closed and there are no warnings that one will have to climb the gate. There are no courtesy signs for bikers that the gates are closed.

The said, the trail is beautiful in the snow. I've walked it in snow flurries, hot sun, windy conditions and the condition it is in right now: clear. The surrounding views of Eagle Valley and the mountains are magnificent.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) California Trail Carson City Carson City photos Carson City wetlands Sierra Nevada landscape Sierra Nevada landscapes wetlands https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/3/carson-citys-california-trail Sat, 04 Mar 2023 15:13:57 GMT
Mexican Dam Filled To Brim https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/mexican Mexican DamMexican DamMexican Dam and Mexican Ditch are popular attractions along Carson River Trail in Carson City, Nev. This photo was taken in February 2023, when the river had receded a bit from its high-water mark. Mexican Dam and Mexican Ditch are two popular attractions in Carson City, Nev. The ditch runs throughout Silver Saddle Ranch and beyond, into a residential neighborhood and through Riverview Park and back into the Carson River. The ditch irrigates ranchland in the valley. This photo was taken in February 2023 and the dam was filled to the brim. The water level had been higher the week before.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson River Park Carson River Trail Mexican Dam Mexican Ditch https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/mexican Wed, 22 Feb 2023 03:51:44 GMT
Carson River Trail Can Be Hazardous https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/carson A photo taken along the Carson River Trail by Glenn Franco Simmons.Carson River TrailThe Carson River Trail to Mexican Dam is a popular trail for bike riders, horse riders, joggers and walkers. This photo was taken in February 2023, when the trail was extremely hazardous to even walk on.

The first day I walked on it, I made it to Mexican Dam, but it was hazardous. The next day, I took the trail again, and some ice had melted but the mud was just as bad. This time, I had a strong walking stick that could support my size of 6 foot, 4 inches and 230 pounds. Make sure you have a walking stick if you intend to take this trail when it is muddy and or icy.

The Carson River Trail to Mexican Dam is a popular trail for bike riders, horse riders, joggers and walkers. This photo was taken in February 2023, when the trail was extremely hazardous to even walk on.

The first day I walked on it, I made it to Mexican Dam, but it was hazardous. The next day, I took the trail again, and some ice had melted but the mud was just as bad. This time, I had a strong walking stick that could support my size of 6 foot, 4 inches and 230 pounds. Make sure you have a walking stick if you intend to take this trail when it is muddy and or icy.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson River Park Carson River Trail https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/carson Wed, 22 Feb 2023 03:46:49 GMT
Persian Hidden Word 3 Gallery Updated https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/phw Persian Hidden Word 3Persian Hidden Word 3In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love. Today, I updated the Persian Hidden Word 3 (Rose of Love) photo gallery with quite a few new photos.

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

© Bahá’í International Community. Used in accordance with BIC terms. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art. Photo by © Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) baha'i baha'u'llah Hidden Words illustrated Persian Hidden Words Persian Hidden Word rose of love https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/phw Tue, 21 Feb 2023 03:00:40 GMT
Immerse Yourselves https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/immerse-yourselves Immerse yourselves in this Ocean.Immerse YourselvesAttract the hearts of men, through the call of Him. Today, I've added a re-edited image from years ago to the Immerse Yourselves Bahá’í-inspired gallery.

Attract the hearts of men, through the call of Him, the one alone Beloved. Say: This is the Voice of God, if ye do but hearken. This is the Dayspring of the Revelation of God, did ye but know it. This is the Dawning-Place of the Cause of God, were ye to recognize it. This is the Source of the commandment of God, did ye but judge it fairly. This is the manifest and hidden Secret; would that ye might perceive it. O peoples of the world! Cast away, in My name that transcendeth all other names, the things ye possess, and immerse yourselves in this Ocean in whose depths lay hidden the pearls of wisdom and of utterance, an ocean that surgeth in My name, the All-Merciful. Thus instructeth you He with Whom is the Mother Book. ~ Bahá’u’lláh

© Glenn Franco Simmons. Excerpt from Gleanings from the Writings. © Bahá’í International Community. The photo shows McWay Cove on the California Coast.

 


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bahai Baha'i Baha'i quote Baha'i quotes Bahaullah Baha'u'llah Big Sur Big Sur Coast California Coast daily quotes immerse yourselves landscape landscapes McWay Cove McWay Falls Monterey Coast ocean Pacific Coast Pacific Ocean quote quotes quotes daily quotes to live by https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/immerse-yourselves Tue, 21 Feb 2023 02:58:02 GMT
McWay Cove Features 80-foot Tall Waterfall https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/mcway  

Today, I added a McWay Cove photo to my coastal landscapes gallery. McWay Cove photoMcWay CoveMcWay Cove features the 80-foot-tall. McWay Cove features the 80-foot-tall McWay Waterfall on the scenic coast of Big Sur in Central California. McWay Cove is part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which is about an hour's drive south of Carmel-by-the-Sea (if there isn't traffic or construction). It is the highest waterfall that dumps directly into the Pacific Ocean (on high tides). There is a small beach in the cove, but it is off-limits to beachgoers.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Big Sur Coast Big Sur landscape Big Sur landscape photo California coast Julia Pfeiffer Burns McWay Cove McWay Falls McWay waterfall Pacific Ocean waterfall waterfalls https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/mcway Tue, 21 Feb 2023 00:25:56 GMT
Pink & White Magnolia On Black Background https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/pink Pink and white magnolia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pink & White MagnoliaA pink and white magnolia photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area by Glenn Franco Simmons. I added a pink and white magnolia blossom to my pink and white magnolia galleries, respectively.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bay Area flowers Filoli flower photograph flower photographer flower photography Glenn Franco Simmons magnolia blossom magnolia blossoms Magnolias pink blossom pink blossoms pink magnolia pink magnolias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/pink Tue, 21 Feb 2023 00:19:05 GMT
Another Pink Dahlia Added Today https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/more-pink Pink dahlia photographed at Golden Gate Park by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pink DahliaA pink dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Today, I added another pink dahlia to my pink dahlia gallery. It was photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. The garden is located a short distance east of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. People from around the world make it their priority to visit the garden when they are in San Francisco from June to October.

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Coyote Valley Blossoms With Mustard https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/coyote-valley Coyote Valley mustard blossoms.Coyote Valley Mustard BlossomsThis photo was taken before the multi-year drought hit the San Francisco Bay Area. In good rain years, this area was awesome for mustard blossoms, even though development is encroaching from South San Jose. This photo was taken before the multi-year drought hit the San Francisco Bay Area. In good rain years, this area was awesome for mustard blossoms, even though development is encroaching from South San Jose.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Coyote Valley Glenn Franco Simmons landscape landscapes Morgan Hill mustard blossoms mustard blossoms landscape mustard blossoms landscapes https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/coyote-valley Fri, 10 Feb 2023 06:57:48 GMT
San Felipe Landscapes Evoke An Ag Past https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/san-felipe San Felipe Road landscape photos in San Jose, Calif.San Jose's San Felipe Road LandscapeAfter years of drought, 2017 had some rain, and the countryside along San Felipe Road turned green, emerald green and so very colorful. Metcalf Road and San Felipe Road join as they wrap around the eastern foothills of Coyote Valley in the South San Jose/Morgan Hill area of the far South Bay. I've taken a number of landscape photos that will appear in my Coyote Valley galleries. There even used to be a rocket-testing facility off Metcalf Road on Shingle Valley Road. It has since been dismantled.

After years of drought, 2017 had some rain, and the countryside along San Felipe Road turned green, emerald green and so very colorful. It was a welcome respite from almost six years of drought (officially, the state did not consider the drought was that long, but our yard told us the true story).


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) agricultural photos Coyote Valley Coyote Valley photograph Coyote Valley photographs Coyote Valley photos landscape landscape photo landscape photos landscapes Metcalf Road mustard blossoms San Felipe Road https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/san-felipe Fri, 10 Feb 2023 05:37:27 GMT
Sparkle & Shine Adds Elegance To Gardens https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/shine Sparkle & Shine RosesSparkle & Shine RosesSparkle & Shine rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. Sparkle & Shine is the exhibition name of a deeply yellow Floribunda rose registered as Wekjunjuc. According to HelpMeFind, it was "bred by Christian Bédard (United States, before 2009)."

HelpMeFind said the rose was introduced "in New Zealand by Matthews Nurseries Ltd., ... in the USA by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower Inc. in 2012 as 'Sparkle & Shine,' and ... in Australia by Swane's Nursery/Swane Bros Pty Ltd. in 2014 as 'The Golden Child.'"
Floribunda.

Sparkle & Shas a "strong anise, apple, licorice fragrance, 30 to 41 petals, (and an) average diameter 3.25 {inches}," HelpMeFind noted.

As the rose matures, and your blooms get to be medium to large, you can expect a full bloom of 26 to 40 petals).

Sparkle & Shine roses photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Sparkle & Shine RoseSparkle & Shine rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. HelpMeFind said blooms are "borne mostly solitary" in small clustered-bloom form.

You can expect flushes of blooms throughout the rose-growing season, which can be from spring to into October, depending upon your region.

Sparkle & Shine has "pointed buds {that are} medium, bushy, rounded {and} upright," according to HelpMe Find.

There are usually three to seven leaflets that are "medium, glossy, medium green and leathery," HelpMeFind added.

Rose bushes grow four to five feet in height with a width of 5.7 to 6.7 inches. This rose an be used as a cut flower, in the garden, beds and/or borders.

(I'm a paid member of HelpMeFind, but I have no financial connection to it.)

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'Twirls' Made From Pink Dahlias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/twirls pink dahliaPink Dahlia TwirlThis dahlia twirl was designed from a single dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Today, I added some pink dahlia "twirls" to the website. They are made from dahlia photos by using software. Each twirl posted today was designed from a single dahlia photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park.

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Flower Temples Created From Floral Photos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/temple 9-sided flower temples created by Glenn Franco Simmons.9-sided Flower TempleI chose nine-sided flower temples because of my religion, the Bahá'í Faith, which constructs its houses of worship with nine sides. The houses of worship are sometimes referred to as temples. Today, I added my nine-sided flower temples, which I create using software. I chose nine-sided flower temples because of my religion, the Bahá'í Faith, which constructs its houses of worship with nine sides. The houses of worship are sometimes referred to as temples. These were created from a variety of flowers that include roses, freesias, dahlias, magnolias, daffodils, tulips and many more.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) abstract art Bahai Baha'i Baha'i abstract art Baha'i-inspired art Glenn Franco Simmons house of worship houses of worship https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/temple Fri, 10 Feb 2023 00:17:04 GMT
Wildfire Destroys Big Basin https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/basin Big Basin Redwoods before the lightning-caused wildfire.Big Basin RedwoodsI think this area was devastated by the Big Basin fire, because the visitors' center was just a short walk to the left of where this photo was taken. Heartbreaking. Today, I added four more of my Big Basin photos. It's quite sad adding them, but I had such enjoyable times there. Missing the ancient redwoods of my home turn, in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, where I lived and worked for almost my entire life up to that point (42 years), Big Basin was a short drive from Cupertino, our home in the Valley of Heart's Delight (also known as the Santa Clara Valley).

I've seen friends and others say that fire is natural and that the CZU Lightning Complex Fire that burned more than 18,000 acres second- and old-growth redwoods is just part of nature and that it should not be viewed negatively. 

Big Basin Redwoods before the lightning-caused wildfire.Big Basin RedwoodsA beautiful area of Big Basin Redwoods State Park. While I realize lightning-caused fires are a part of nature, I also realize how much humans still have to understand about fire management. California's wildfires cannot all be blamed on the very real changes to our climate. What is causing climate change, I'll leave to the hateful mobs that love to debate that issue.

When I think of the trees I photographed, some that I know were most likely destroyed and damaged, I cannot accept that the fire was a positive. I cannot accept the thousands of animals that may have been burnt alive was a positive.

Gone are the iconic and historic Big Basin Visitors' Center, a much-loved place remembered by generations of California families and families from throughout the world who were mesmerized by California's first state park.

Gone are the staff homes, the museum with stuffed animals and so much more.

While Big Basin will eventually recover, the Big Basin I remember will not recover for at least 1,000 years.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) ancient redwood photography ancient redwoods Big Basin Big Basin Redwoods Big Basin Redwoods State Park Glenn Franco Simmons redwood redwood landscape redwood landscapes redwood photography redwoods https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/basin Fri, 10 Feb 2023 00:13:15 GMT
Purple Orchids Featured At Expo https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/purple-orchids Purple orchid photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Purple OrchidsA purple orchid photographed it at one of the annual Pacific Orchid Expositions held in San Francisco. Today, I added different purple orchids to this website. They could not be identified when I photographed them at one of the annual Pacific Orchid Expositions held in San Francisco. If you can identify them, please le me know. Thank you, kindly.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) flower flowers Fort Mason Gilroy Gilroy orchid Gilroy orchids lavender orchids orchid orchids Pacific Orchid Expo Pacific Orchid Exposition purple orchid purple orchids San Francisco https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/purple-orchids Thu, 09 Feb 2023 04:06:04 GMT
Tineke Rose Among Most Beautiful https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/tineke Tineke rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.Tineke RoseTineke roses are among the most beautiful white roses I've ever photographed. I've added more photos today to the Tineke rose galleries. Tineke roses are among the most beautiful white roses I've ever photographed. The photos were taken at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in the Valley of Heart's Delight (aka Hearts' Delight). With the photos in this gallery, there is at least one variation in editing, be it for light/contrast, cropping, etc., to provide more options for buyers' individual tastes.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Municipal Rose Garden rose rose garden roses San Jose Tineke Tineke rose Tineke roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/tineke Wed, 08 Feb 2023 14:22:54 GMT
Tineke An Alluring Rose https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/tineke-roses Tineke rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.Tineke RoseTineke are an alluring white rose. Tineke roses are among the most beautiful white roses I've ever photographed. This is a real beauty I photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in Silicon Valley. With this photo, I've provided two edits, one a bit darker than the original. Below is a slide show of my present Tineke roses. More should be added in the future.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) flower flower photographer flower photographs flower photography flowers Glenn Franco Simmons Municipal Rose Garden rose rose garden rose pics rose pix roses San Jose Tineke rose Tineke roses white rose white roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/tineke-roses Tue, 07 Feb 2023 22:28:09 GMT
Historic Dayton Museum A Must-See In Nevada https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/historic Dayton Valley Museum photo by Glenn Franco SimmonsHistoric Dayton MuseumHistoric Dayton Museum in Dayton.

As part of my photojournalism, I offer the public these unedited photos from my new smartphone (2022), showing the Historic Dayton Museum in Dayton, Nev. There are also a few photos of a historic structure just west of the museum.

You may edit them as you desire. Some will need to be straightened; adjusted for light and color; etc. You may also download them for free.

If you share any on social media, you must include a credit: © Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons and a hyperlink to this gallery. Thank you.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Comstock museums Dayton Dayton Museum Dayton museum photographs Dayton Museum photos Dayton Nevada Glenn Franco Simmons Historic Dayton Museum historic museums museum museums Nevada Nevada museums https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/historic Tue, 07 Feb 2023 21:24:44 GMT
Sad Day When Bently Distillery Closed https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/day (These photos are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.)

You may use them on social media, please give me a photo credit (© Glenn Franco Simmons) and please note they were photographed at Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Minden, which has now closed.

You may download these for free. I don't recommend larger prints, if you want a print.

However, Bently restored some priceless buildings and to its owners we owe a debt of gratitude. (SP stands for smartphone, as not to be mistaken with my professional photos.)

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bently Bently bus Bently Heritage Estate Distillery Bently trucks Glenn Franco Simmons Minden vintage bus vintage trucks https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/day Tue, 07 Feb 2023 18:39:12 GMT
Freesias Added To Bouquet Gallery https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/freesias Freesias photographed in Cupertino by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cupertino Freesia BouquetsThese freesias were grown in our Cupertino backyard. I photographed them in my makeshift photo studio in our vacant bedroom. I've added some freesia floral bouquets to my Freesia Bouquet Gallery. These freesias were grown in our Cupertino backyard. I photographed them in my makeshift photo studio in our vacant bedroom.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) freesia freesia photo freesia photographer freesia photographs freesia photography freesia photos freesias Glenn Franco Simmons lavender freesia lavender freesia photo lavender freesia photographers lavender freesia photos lavender freesias Santa Clara Valley Valley of Hearts' Delight https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/freesias Sun, 05 Feb 2023 05:16:23 GMT
Heritage Orchard Apricots The Best! https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/heritage Sunnyvale's Heritage Orchard photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. It produces delicious apricots. The orchard, at the time this photo was taken, was one of two commercial orchards remaining in the Valley of Hearts' Delight (aka Heart's Delight) and gives a glimpse of the valley's rich agricultural heritage that it abandoned and has lost. If you want a professionally take photo with one of the best professional Nikon cameras ever made, and one of the best Nikkor lenses ever manufactured, please buy a photo now, while I still have this website because this will not be up for ever as I age!
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons Heritage Orchard landscape landscapes Sunnyvale Sunnyvale landscape Sunnyvale landscapes Sunnyvale orchard Sunnyvale orchards https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/heritage Sun, 05 Feb 2023 00:07:14 GMT
Sunnyvale Historical Museum A Must-see https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/sunnyvale-photos Sunnyvale's Heritage Park MuseumSunnyvale's Heritage Park MuseumSunnyvale Historical Museum was dedicated and opened to the general public in September 2008. "The Sunnyvale Historical Museum was dedicated and opened to the general public in September 2008, as a testament to the history of Sunnyvale and the contributions made by the Martin Murphy family towards the founding of Sunnyvale. It was funded through public donations and contributions from the state of California and the City of Sunnyvale," according to the museum's website (which may have changed since this was written).
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons Sunnyvale Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/sunnyvale-photos Sun, 05 Feb 2023 00:01:25 GMT
Olson's Orchard Provides Glimpse To Ag Past https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/sunnyvale

Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale was a great place to visit when I lived there with my wife for almost a decade. I only photographed in one year because it was the best for wild mustard growing among the cherry trees. Yellow oxalis also grew among the trees. In most years, however, there was a drought, officially for about three years, but in reality, more like 7 of the nine years we lived there. I could tell by our own garden, in which one orange tree almost died and other plants were ruined, and our lawns dried to a pulp. The cherries from this orchard were delightful! The photos I took are quite iconic. If you would like a memory of one of two of the Valley of Heart's Delight last commercial orchards, please order a photo while I have this website. Smartphone photos are not as high-quality as are photos taken from a professional digital single-lens reflex camera, in my opinion (I have the best Android on the market). The larger you go in size, the more obvious are the differences, but that is my professional, personal opinion. I own award-winning Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) cherries cherry cherry orchard Olson's Cherry Orchard Olson's Orchard orchard orchards Sunnyvale Sunnyvale cherry orchard Sunnyvale landscape Sunnyvale landscapes Sunnyvale orchard Sunnyvale orchard landscape Sunnyvale orchard landscapes https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/sunnyvale Sat, 04 Feb 2023 23:51:57 GMT
Rene Lalique Crystal Mascot At Nethercutt https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/coq The Nethercutt CollectionLalique Coq NainRené Lalique's "Coq Nain." Photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif. René Lalique's "Coq Nain" (bantam cock) was photographed at The Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, Calif. Nethercutt has two museums. Both are free at the time of this writing. One if focused mainly on cars. The other, which requires free reservations, features cars, Americana, automobile artifacts, a car salon and much more. If you live in Southern California and have not visited, you are really missing out.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bantam Cock car mascot car mascots Coq Nain Lalique crystal Lalique mascot Nethercutt Nethercutt Museum Rene Lalique The Nethercutt https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/coq Sat, 04 Feb 2023 23:13:00 GMT
Lalique Crystal Peacock Mascot A Beauty https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/lalique Delage Lalique Tête de PaonDelage Lalique Tête de PaonDelage Lalique Tête de Paon One of the finest vehicles at the Danville, Calif.-based Blackhawk Automotive Museum is this 1934 Delage D8SS — the only one of its kind ever made. The Lalique crystal radiator mascot, Tête de paon (Head of Peacock), depicts the proud peacock's head in profile. Please note that any photos of cars, mascots, etc. taken at museums may still not be there. Museums frequently change items on display.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) crystal mascot head of peacock Lalique peacock Tete de paon https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/lalique Sat, 04 Feb 2023 23:07:21 GMT
Silver Lake Features Treasure Island https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/silver-lake Silver Lake and Treasure Island in the Sierra Nevada Mountains photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver Lake & Treasure IslandSilver Lake and Treasure Island in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Silver Lake and Treasure Island in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This area is as beautiful in person. I'm not sure how much fire damage the area sustained, but I plan to check this spring or summer (in 2023). Right now, there is too much snow. The area offers a lot of recreational opportunities. It's accessible from Highway 88 in California.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons lake lake landscape lakes Mormon Trail mountain mountains Sierra Nevada Mountains Sierra Nevada Mountains landscape Silver Lake Treasure Island https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/silver-lake Sat, 04 Feb 2023 23:02:07 GMT
Grass Lake More Like A Swamp At Times https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/grass Grass LakeGrass LakeEldorado National Forest's Grass Lake photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Grass Lake photos by Glenn Franco Simmons. The area is a lake in winter, when it isn't snowed in. Even in late summer, there are still areas with water, when it becomes a wetland. This area was almost destroyed by a fire in 2021, which was caused by the federal and California state governments ignoring a lightning strike in a remote area that they called a "good fire" that then exploded and caused so much damage, the area will not recover for hundreds of years; a federal government control burn; and a third that was caused by humans on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. There also have been other fires close by in past years. How long this area will last in its beautiful, near-pristine state is anyone's guess. I'm fortunate I got it photographed. The last fire burned within minutes of this location on north, south, east and west.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Eldorado landscape forest forests Glenn Franco Simmons Grass Lake Grass Lake landscape Grass Lake photos Lake Tahoe landscape meadow meadow photo meadow photos Sierra Nevada landscape Sierra Nevada landscapes https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/grass Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:58:53 GMT
Carson A Picturesque River https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/carson-river These photos were taken just as Highway 88 in California crosses the Carson River that flows north-northeast to Nevada. It is within a few minutes where three fires in three consecutive years burned. This area was almost destroyed by a fire in 2021, which was caused by the federal and California state governments ignoring a lightning strike in a remote area that they called a "good fire" that then exploded and caused so much damage, the area will not recover for hundreds of years; a federal government control burn; and a third that was caused by humans on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. There also have been other fires close by in past years. How long this area will last in its beautiful, near-pristine state is anyone's guess. I'm fortunate I got it photographed. The last fire burned within minutes of this location on north, south, east and west.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson River fall fall colors Hope Valley Hope Valley fall colors https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/carson-river Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:55:46 GMT
Fall Colors At Wylder Hope Valley Resort https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/fall-colors These photos were taken at Wylder Hope Valley Resort in California along Highway 88 that is about 15 minutes east of Nevada. These photos show the Carson River just as winter was beginning to set in. A week after this photo was taken, it snowed and all the leaves were gone. This area was almost destroyed by a fire in 2021, which was caused by the federal and California state governments ignoring a lightning strike in a remote area that they called a "good fire" that then exploded and caused so much damage, the area will not recover for hundreds of years; a federal government control burn; and a third that was caused by humans on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. There also have been other fires close by in past years. How long this area will last in its beautiful, near-pristine state is anyone's guess. I'm fortunate I got it photographed. The last fire burned within a football field of the resort on several sides.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) fall fall colors Hope Valley Hope Valley fall colors Sorenson's Cafe Sorenson's Restaurant Wylder Hope Valley Resert https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/fall-colors Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:50:21 GMT
Hope Valley Barely Spared From Wildfires https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/hope Hope Valley fall colors photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Hope Valley Fall ColorsHope Valley's fall colors, near the former Sorenson's Resort, now the Wylder Hope Valley Resort. These photos were taken at Wylder Hope Valley Resort in California along Highway 88 that is about 15 minutes east of Nevada. This area was almost destroyed by a fire in 2021, which was caused by the federal and California state governments ignoring a lightning strike in a remote area that they called a "good fire" that then exploded and caused so much damage, the area will not recover for hundreds of years; a federal government control burn; and a third that was caused by humans on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. There also have been other fires close by in past years. How long this area will last in its beautiful, near-pristine state is anyone's guess. I'm fortunate I got it photographed. The last fire burned within a football field of the resort on several sides.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) fall fall colors Hope Valley Hope Valley fall colors Sorenson's Cafe Sorenson's Restaurant Wylder Hope Valley Resert https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/hope Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:45:22 GMT
Two Peaks In Hope Valley https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/two Pickett & Hawkins PeaksPickett & Hawkins PeaksPickett Peak (left) and Hawkins Peak that you can see from Hope Valley parking lot off Blue Lakes Road. Pickett Peak (left) and Hawkins Peak that you can see from Hope Valley parking lot off Blue Lakes Road. This area was barely saved from three forest fires: one caused by a federal government control burn; one caused by the federal and California state governments ignoring al lightning strike in a remote area that they called a "good fire" that then exploded and caused so much damage, the area will not recover for hundreds of years; and a third that was caused by humans on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada. There also have been other fires close by in past years. How long this area will last in its beautiful, near-pristine state is anyone's guess. I'm fortunate I got it photographed. This gallery is linked to the Hope Valley gallery that features many photos of fall colors, forests and the Carson River.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Blue Lakes Road Hawkins Peak Highway 88 Hope Valley Pickett Peak https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/two Sat, 04 Feb 2023 22:40:25 GMT
Jimi Hendrix Quote About World Peace Was Visionary https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/jimi Jimi HendrixJimi HendrixA Jimi Hendrix quote. Noncommercial. Photo © GTFS.

One of my late brother's favorite musicians was Jimi Hendrix. Like Jimi, Mario died too young, at 35, in February 1992. Please share, if so inclined.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Jimi Hendrix Jimi Hendrix peace quote Jimi Hendrix peace quotes https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/2/jimi Sat, 04 Feb 2023 19:42:32 GMT
Marshall Mint A Virginia City Treasure https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/marshall-mint A photo of the Marshall Mint in Virginia City, Nev., in The Comstock Lode.Marshall MintThis is a photo of Virginia City's Marshall Mint. The Marshal Mint is a throwback in time to when there were private mints that minted coins. There used to be an official federal mint in Carson City, which still mints collectors' coins. The Marshal Mint does the same thing and it's a great place to visit if you are interested in coins. There are many sets of officially minted coins in mint condition, too. If you visit Virginia City, don't miss visiting the Marshall Mint.

We've bought many valuable and memorable items from Marshall Mint for family members. There are many items that make great birthday and Christmas gifts.

These photos of Virginia City's Marshall Mint are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) coin coins Comstock Lode Marshal Mint coins Marshall Mint Nevada silver Virginia City https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/marshall-mint Mon, 23 Jan 2023 21:52:11 GMT
Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Is In Carson City https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/peace-officers Nevada Law Enforcement Officers MemorialNevada Law Enforcement Officers MemorialThis is the Nevada Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Carson City.

This is the Nevada Police Memorial in Carson City. I plan to photograph it professionally in the future, but these are the only photos I have now and they were taken with my smartphone. You may download and edit them as you desire. Please credit: © Glenn Franco Simmons, if you use them on social media.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Nevada Police Memorial police memorial Police officer memorial https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/peace-officers Mon, 23 Jan 2023 21:27:21 GMT
Monarch Butterflies' Temporary Home In Pacific Grove https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/monarch Monarch butterfly photographed in Pacific Grove by Glenn Franco Simmons.Monarch ButterflyA Monarch butterfly in Pacific Grove, Calif. When we lived in Cupertino, Calif., I often visited the Pacific Grove Monarch Sanctuary that is a temporary home to Monarch butterflies each late fall to early spring (times can vary). Locals told me that the butterflies are many fewer than there used to be decades ago. I have some single shots of butterflies that I will be adding. So far, I only have one.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) butterflies butterfly Butterfly Sanctuary Monarch butterflies Monarch butterfly Pacific Grove https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/monarch Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:56:46 GMT
Escurial 7 A Grand Comstock Masonic Lodge https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/escurial Escurial Lodge photosEscurial #7 Lodge, Virginia CityAs with all the Masonic buildings I've ever seen or been in, the Virginia City Masonic Hall is a well-kept historic treasure. As with all the Masonic buildings I've ever seen or been in, the Virginia City Masonic Hall is a well-kept historic treasure in a city filled with many buildings that, to an amateur's eye, could use some help.

On my return trip to Virginia City, I plan on getting some closeups and some more photos to better represent this Lodge.

Escurial #7, as it is known, has an excellent history of the Lodge on its well-organized Website.

"Escurial #7 was one of the four original lodges on the Comstock," according to the Lodge's Website. "It was originally chartered by the California Grand Lodge as Escurial #171, on Oct. 13, 1864.

"It later became Escurial #7 under the Grand Lodge of Nevada on Jan. 18, 1865 shortly after Nevada became a State. Originally, Escurial Lodge met in the same lodge building as Virginia #3, and the two lodges shared the same quarters for many years.

"On May 19, 1875, a fire consumed much of Virginia City, including the Lodge building that Escurial 7 and Virginia 3 were meeting in at the time.

"This necessitated that the two lodges would meet in the Odd Fellows Hall, while a new lodge was being constructed.

"On September 3, 1875, a second fire then destroyed the Odd Fellows hall, along with all the Masonic Lodge records of Escurial 7 and Virginia 3.

"Following this fire, the first of the 'Masons on the Mountain' meetings was held on top of Mt. Davidson.

"Construction of another new lodge was under way when, on October 26, 1875, a third fire destroyed much of the Virginia City, once again, including the lodge.

"The present lodge building was constructed in 1987 through the generosity of Brother Francis N. Fisher, PM, PGM, a longtime resident of Virginia City and a member of Escurial Lodge #7.

"Many of the present furnishings were salvaged from the fourth Lodge building, constructed after the fires, and are still in use today. The Lodge jewels are fashioned from the silver mined from the Comstock Lode. The upper lodge room was designed and built as a copy of the original Lodge room of 1863.

"Approximately 730 Master Masons have joined Escurial Lodge #7 and signed the by-laws since its humble beginning in 1864."

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Brother Francis N. Fisher Comstock Lode Escurial 7 Glenn Franco Simmons Grand Lodge of Nevada Master Masons Nevada Landscapes Virginia City Masonic Lodge https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/escurial Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:51:39 GMT
Carson City Car Show Features Amazing Cars https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/car-show Carson City Downtown Revival Car Show PhotoCarson City Downtown Revival Car Show PhotoThe annual Carson City Downtown Revival Car Show, held each July, is one of Carson City's most popular events. (These photos are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.)

The annual Carson City Downtown Revival Car Show, held each July, is one of Carson City's most popular events. This is one of the photos I took with my smartphone. Next year (2023), I'll be using my professional cameras and lenses.

If you would like professional photos of your car taken, I have two of the best Nikon cameras in the world and award-winning Nikkor lenses. I also have tripods and lights. Just e-mail me.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) car show Carson City classic car classic cars Downtown Revival Car Show Eastern Star Esther Chapter Glenn Franco Simmons Nevada car shows vintage car vintage cars https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/car-show Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:46:29 GMT
Virginia City Firehouse A Fascinating Museum https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/virginia-city-firehouse Virginia City Firehouse photosVirginia City FirehouseThe Virginia City Firehouse (old one) is a fascinating little fire museum. (Please note that these photos are from my smartphone. They are professionally taken, nor are they edited. You may download and edit them if you desire. They may not be used commercially. Any use requires that you attribute the photo with "© Glenn Franco Simmons" and provide a hyperlink to the page you downloaded the photo from.)

The Virginia City building that hosts the Virginia City Firehouse was not always a firehouse.

According to the VisitVirginiaCityNv website, the building has "housed many diverse establishments including a broker’s business, a meat market, a saloon and a brewery."

"It was acquired by Storey County about 1930 and became the Storey County Fire Department until the 1960s when a larger, more modern firehouse was constructed," the website notes. "The building was restored as a firehouse museum in 1979 and contains a collection of fire engines and apparatus used in earlier times."

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) antique fire trucks fire trucks Glenn Franco Simmons Nevada museums vintage fire trucks Virginia City Virginia City Firehouse https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/virginia-city-firehouse Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:42:52 GMT
'Beyond Van Gogh' An Exhilarating Experience https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/vincent-van-gogh Van GoghVan Gogh(Note: This image not for sale and cannot be sold.) (Note: These images are not for sale and cannot be sold. They cannot be used commercially. They are only for artistic appreciation. They are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.)

Before I saw the "Beyond Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience" in Reno, Nev., I was not a Van Gogh fan, but when I left, I was a fan for life.

In fact, my wife bought me numerous framed, print images of his paintings. That's how much I enjoyed it.

So, what is "Beyond Van Gogh?"

"Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, .Beyond Van Gogh. breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s artworks," states the "Beyond Van Gogh" website. "Occupying over 30,000 square feet, Beyond Van Gogh is the largest immersive experience in the country, offering guests ample room to safely enjoy the exhibit.

"Comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, this high-resolution portrayal of Van Gogh’s work gives guests the opportunity to become one with his paintings."

Those words are an apt description, but when you see the magnificent artistic alchemy in person, you won't truly appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of this exhibit.

"In an imaginative and immersive presentation crafted for our unique times by world renowned audiovisual designers, 'Beyond Van Gogh' uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh," the website notes. "Using his dreams, his thoughts, and his words to drive the experience as a narrative, we move along projection swathed walls wrapped in light, colour, and shapes that swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes and landscapes.

"Masterpieces, now freed from frames, come alive, appear and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. Through his own words set to a symphonic score, we may come to a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work."

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) abstracts art Beyond Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/vincent-van-gogh Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:33:36 GMT
Fourth Ward School A Historic Treasure https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/fourth-ward A photo of the Fourth Ward School in Virginia City by Glenn Franco Simmons.Fourth War School Photo(This photo is part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit it as you desire. It may not be used commercially. If you use it on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to this photo. Thank you.)

"The Fourth Ward School is an historic 4-story mansard-roofed former public school building located at 537 South C St. in Virginia City, Nevada," according to Wikipedia.

For a full description of the school, please navigate to the gallery page.

For a commercial photo of the Fourth Ward School from the outside, please visit the Fourth Ward School
commercial gallery.
(These photos are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.)

For a commercial photo of the Fourth Ward School from the outside, please visit the Fourth Ward School commercial gallery.

"The Fourth Ward School is an historic 4-story mansard-roofed former public school building located at 537 South C St. in Virginia City, Nevada," notes Wikipedia.

"Designed in 1876 by architect C.M. Bennett in the Second Empire style of architecture, it originally held more than 1,000 students in grades 1 though 9 divided into three departments: primary (grades 1 though 4); second grammar (grades 5 though 7) and high school (grades 8 and 9). Grades 10 through 12 were added by 1909. It graduated its last class in 1936, after which its students were moved to a new school built by the Works Progress Administration.

"The building then fell into disrepair and remained closed until 1986 when it was reopened as the Historic Fourth Ward School Museum. The museum features exhibits of city history, 19th century education, Mark Twain’s life, area mining and a letter printing press.

The Fourth Ward School is a contributing property in the Virginia City Historic District which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Comstock Lode Fourth Ward School Nevada The Comstock Virginia City https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/fourth-ward Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:27:25 GMT
Sutro Tunnel A Comstock Icon https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/sutro Sutro Tunnel photo by Glenn Franco Simmons.Sutro TunnelThis photo is from a family tour we took of the Sutro Tunnel site.

I've added the Sutro Tunnel and grounds photos that were taken on a family visit. Sutro Tunnel is a Comstock Lode icon, even though it really never made financial sense, except for the people who earned money from selling investments in it. But, that's the story of the Comstock: More money, some say, was made in San Francisco selling stock in Comstock mines and projects than in mining silver and gold.

These photos are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use.

The photos in this gallery from a family tour we took of the Sutro Tunnel site. They are for personal use only and cannot be used commercially. You may download and edit them as you desire. If you use on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and stipulate that Sutro site does not have public access, that it's private property and that you must sign up for a tour (modest cost) to visit.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Comstock history Comstock Lode Dayton Nevada Nevada mining Sutro Tunnel https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/sutro Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:21:35 GMT
Nevada State Museum Photos Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/state-museum I added photos from the Nevada State Museum today that were taken with my smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially.

If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use.

Some times, I take more than one photo, due to camera shake from my asthma sprays, so that is why you sometimes see multiple photos of one subject. If one appears blurry, most likely another will not be.

"The Nevada State Museum engages diverse audiences in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage," according to the museum's website. "The museum preserves heritage for long-term public benefit.

"{It also} presents heritage through unique and authentic educational experiences, enhanced by an environment of comfort, interaction, and inspiration.

"Audiences learn what makes Nevada special. They gain stronger identity, connection, and validation. They develop a broader point of view and a sense of responsibility.
"The museum extends benefits to the greatest audience, provides leadership in heritage education, and adheres to the highest standards of public-trust stewardship."

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson City museum museum museums Nevada history Nevada museum Nevada museums Nevada State Museum https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/state-museum Mon, 23 Jan 2023 20:10:43 GMT
1 Chronicles 16:34 Illustrated With Yellow Rose https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/1-chronicles 1 Chronicle 16:34 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.1 Chronicles 16:34~ 1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:34

From the American King James version of the Bible, which was placed into the public domain on Nov. 8, 1999, by Michael Peter (Stone) Engelbrite, who produced it. On his website, he wrote: "You may use it in any manner you wish: copy it, sell it, modify it, etc. You can't copyright it or prevent others from using it." While the verse is not copyrighted, the photo is: © Glenn Franco Simmons.

The rose is Sparkle & Shine and was photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden the Santa Clara Valley in California.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) flower flower photographer flower photographs flower photography flowers Glenn Franco Simmons Municipal Rose Garden rose rose garden rose pics rose pix roses San Jose Sparkle & Shine rose Sparkle & Shine roses yellow rose yellow roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/1-chronicles Sat, 21 Jan 2023 05:50:16 GMT
Sparkle & Shine Roses Are A Soft, Creamy Yellow https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/sparkle Sparkle & Shine roses photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Sparkle & Shine RoseSparkle & Shine rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. Depending on the light and how one edits a photo, the subject can appear quite differently. My Sparkle & Shine roses vary a bit in the tone of yellow, but variables such as editing and the light I photographed them (sun, fog, clouds, partial sun) affects the final photo. Sparkle & Shine are among my favorite roses. They are among the most-beautiful of all the yellow roses and yellow flowers I've photographed. The yellow is soft and creamy. I just love them. Above is the one I added today. To navigate to that gallery to see other Sparkle & Shine roses, just click on the image.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Municipal Rose Garden rose rose photo rose photographer rose photographs rose photography rose photos roses San Jose Sparkle and Shine Sparkle and Shine rose Sparkle and Shine roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/sparkle Sat, 21 Jan 2023 05:38:58 GMT
Now Is The Time For Isaiah 2:4 To Be Realized https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/isaiah-2-4 Isaiah 2:4 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.Isaiah 2023Isaiah 2:4, WEB®. Today, I added an artwork with Isaiah 2:4, from the public-domain World English Bible®. The photo was taken at Olson's Cherry Orchard in Sunnyvale, Calif. It is one of two remaining commercial orchards in Silicon Valley proper (not counting South Santa Clara Valley).

He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bible verse Bible verses illustrated Bible verses Isaiah Isaiah 2:4 Isaiah 2:4 illustrated judge between the nations learn war Olson's Cherry Orchard Olson's Orchard peace spears into pruning hooks Sunnyvale sword against nation swords into plowshares war https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/isaiah-2-4 Sat, 21 Jan 2023 02:42:39 GMT
Is This Carson City Church Baptist? https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/carson-city-baptist Carson City ChurchCarson City ChurchThis photo was taken of an old church on Snyder Avenue in Carson City. The church is now closed, or appears to be. If you can identify it and provide more information, I would appreciate it. Or, if it isn't closed, if you could let me know what denomination uses it, I would appreciate it.

This is part of my photojournalism via smartphone. It is not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit it as you desire. It may not be used commercially. If you use it on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.
Today, I added unedited smartphone photos of a church on Snyder Avenue in Carson City. The church is now closed, or appears to be. If you can identify it and provide more information, I would appreciate it. I did edit one photo, which appears above. I hope to get back out there and take professional photos because the church is lovely. These are part of my photojournalism via smartphone. They are not professionally taken or edited. You may download and edit them as you desire. They may not be used commercially. If you use them on social media, please credit Glenn Franco Simmons and provide a hyperlink to the photo you use. Thank you.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Carson City Carson City Baptist Church Carson City church Carson City churches church churches Nevada churches https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/carson-city-baptist Sat, 21 Jan 2023 01:04:17 GMT
Psalm 139 Illustrated With Photo Variety https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/psalm-139 Today, I added some photos that illustrated Psalm 139:11-13, from the public-domain World English Bible®. They were taken in a variety of areas, including a secluded valley about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, Point Lobos and Pacific Grove Beach on the Big Sur Coast, and the Pacific Grove Butterfly Sanctuary in the heights above Monterey Bay.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Big Sur Filoli Glenn Franco Simmons illustrated Bible verses Pacific Grove Point Lobos Psalm 139 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/psalm-139 Fri, 20 Jan 2023 23:22:37 GMT
Another Camelot Daffodil Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/another-camelot Camelot daffodils photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in the Santa Clara Valley.Camelot DaffodilsCamelot daffodils photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area by Glenn Franco Simmons. I added another Camelot daffodil photo to my Camelot daffodil photo gallery. It is a mixture of light and dark; not to everyone's taste, but I like it. I photographed in the morning light in a secluded, forested valley about halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. Below is a slideshow of my Camelot daffodils. If you like these photos, my website, etc., please share and return. Word-of-mouth is my main way to advertise my photo art.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Camelot daffodil Camelot daffodils daffodil daffodils https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/another-camelot Fri, 20 Jan 2023 21:44:08 GMT
'Beyond Van Gogh' A Mesmerizing Experience https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/van-gogh (Note: These images are not for sale and cannot be sold. They cannot be used commercially. They are only for artistic appreciation. You may download them and edit them as you desire. If you share on social media, please credit me, Glenn Franco Simmons.)

Before I saw the "Beyond Van Gogh, The Immersive Experience" in Reno, Nev., I was not a Van Gogh fan, but when I left, I was a fan for life.

In fact, my wife bought me numerous framed, print images of his paintings. That's how much I enjoyed it.

So, what is "Beyond Van Gogh?"

"Through the use of cutting-edge projection technology and an original score, .Beyond Van Gogh. breathes new life into over 300 of Van Gogh’s artworks," states the "Beyond Van Gogh" website. "Occupying over 30,000 square feet, Beyond Van Gogh is the largest immersive experience in the country, offering guests ample room to safely enjoy the exhibit.

"Comprised of over 4 trillion content pixels, this high-resolution portrayal of Van Gogh’s work gives guests the opportunity to become one with his paintings."

Those words are an apt description, but when you see the magnificent artistic alchemy in person, you won't truly appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of this exhibit.

"In an imaginative and immersive presentation crafted for our unique times by world renowned audiovisual designers, 'Beyond Van Gogh' uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh," the website notes. "Using his dreams, his thoughts, and his words to drive the experience as a narrative, we move along projection swathed walls wrapped in light, colour, and shapes that swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes and landscapes.

"Masterpieces, now freed from frames, come alive, appear and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. Through his own words set to a symphonic score, we may come to a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work."

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) abstract abstract art art Beyond Van Gogh Nevada Reno Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/van-gogh Wed, 18 Jan 2023 20:37:15 GMT
John 8:12 Illustrated With Big Sur Photo https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/john-8-12 John 8:12 illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.John 8:12John 8:12 illustrated with a Big Sur photo by Glenn Franco Simmons. Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.Isaiah 60:1 He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~ John 8:12

From the public-domain World English Bible®. Photo taken at Point Lobos on the Big Sur Coast of California.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bible verse Bible verses Big Sur Coast John 8-12 light of life Point Lobos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/john-8-12 Sat, 14 Jan 2023 21:42:47 GMT
Carson City Downtown Revival Car Show A Hit In State Capital https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/downtown-revival The annual Carson City Downtown Revival Car Show, held each July, is one of Carson City's most popular events.

I've added my smartphone photos of this event, numbering more than 600. All are free to download, although I have not edited any. Simple photo-editing software can easily crop them, remove noise, etc.

With the busy Carson Street closed off from East 5th Street to Robinson Street, cars, buses and trucks are parked in front of many of Carson City's most-iconic buildings, including the state Capitol.

There are usually about 400 vehicles entered in the car show, which is filled with many interesting and memorable vehicles.

Local businesses are open and there is plenty to eat and drink, which is great if it's a hot July day. There also is plenty of shade to cool off on the Capitol grounds.

The show is sponsored by Esther Chapter No. 3, Order of the Eastern Star. Proceeds go to the chapter's choice of charity.

If you would like professional photos of your car taken, I have two of the best Nikon cameras in the world and award-winning Nikkor lenses. I also have tripods and lights. Just e-mail me.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) car show Carson City classic car classic cars Downtown Revival Car Show Eastern Star Esther Chapter Glenn Franco Simmons Nevada car shows vintage car vintage cars https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/downtown-revival Sat, 14 Jan 2023 21:19:19 GMT
View Virginia City Camel Race Photos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/virginia-city-camel-races

Well, if you have never been to Virginia City's Camel Races, you are sure missing a great time. The animals are treated very well and there is a lot of fun and more than camels! My wife Kathleen and I had a wonderful time. I added photos from the 2022 Virginia City Camel Races. The photos are free to download. I do not sell them. You may edit them as you like. I'm not sure if the edited versions would make for good prints or not, but you can try it. Just edit them first. Next year, I'm ight bring my professional gear and take a bit better photos. This year, we were driving by and realized it was Dayton Valley Days and stopped. If you share on social media, please credit with: © Glenn Franco Simmons. Thank you, kindly.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) camel camel races camels Nevada race races Virginia City https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/virginia-city-camel-races Fri, 13 Jan 2023 21:09:11 GMT
Truck & Bus Photos At Bently Heritage https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/bently These photos were taken with my smartphone when we first arrived in Nevada. I hadn't yet pulled out my professional gear.

You may duse them on social media, please give me a photo credit (© Glenn Franco Simmons) and please note they were photographed at Bently Heritage Estate Distillery in Minden, which has now closed.

You may download these for free. I don't recommend larger prints, if you want a print. I slightly edited these, but most of my smartphone photos are just "raw," meaning unedited.

However, Bently restored some priceless buildings and to its owners we owe a debt of gratitude. (SP stands for smartphone, as not to be mistaken with my professional photos.)

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bently Bently bus Bently Heritage Estate Distillery Bently trucks Glenn Franco Simmons Minden vintage bus vintage trucks https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/bently Fri, 13 Jan 2023 20:15:13 GMT
Tractor Photos From Dayton Valley Days 2022 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/tractors Tractor photos at Dayton Valley Days 2022Dayton Valley Days' TractorsUnedited smartphone (SP) photo taken at the Dayton Valley Days car show. This shows the tractor part of the show. Please credit © Glenn Franco Simmons if you share these on social media. You may crop them with your own photo-editing software, with which you can crop, straighten, etc. I just added a lot of tractor photos from Dayton Valley Days 2022. The photos are free to download. I do not sell them. You may edit them as you like. I'm not sure if the edited versions would make for good prints or not, but you can try it. Just edit them first. Next year, I'm ight bring my professional gear and take a bit better photos. This year, we were driving by and realized it was Dayton Valley Days and stopped. If you share on social media, please credit with: © Glenn Franco Simmons. Thank you, kindly.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Dayton Dayton Valley Days Nevada tractor tractor show tractors https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/tractors Fri, 13 Jan 2023 20:10:00 GMT
Car Show Photos From Dayton Valley Days 2022 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/dayton-valley-days Vintage car photo at Dayton Valley Days 2022Dayton Valley DaysPhoto taken at the Dayton Valley Days car show.

I just added a lot of car photos from Dayton Valley Days 2022. The photos are free to download. I do not sell them. You may edit them as you like. I'm not sure if the edited versions would make for good prints or not, but you can try it. Just edit them first. Next year, I'm ight bring my professional gear and take a bit better photos. This year, we were driving by and realized it was Dayton Valley Days and stopped. If you share on social media, please credit with: © Glenn Franco Simmons. Thank you, kindly.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) car show Dayton Dayton Valley car show Dayton Valley Days Nevada Nevada car show https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/dayton-valley-days Fri, 13 Jan 2023 20:03:28 GMT
Photo Added To Big Basin Gallery https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/big-basin My Big Basin Redwoods State Park photos are iconic, partly because these photos can never be taken again because of a 2020 wildfire that virtually destroyed California's first state park. It burned park headquarters to the ground. That structure was located about a five-minute walk to the left of some of the photos I took and about a two-minute walk for the single redwood photo (added today) that I took. Big Basin was California's first state park.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Big Basin Big Basin Redwoods landscape landscapes park redwood redwoods state park https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/big-basin Thu, 12 Jan 2023 23:16:22 GMT
Marigolds Are Joyful Flowers https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/marigolds Marigold photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.MarigoldsMarigolds are a lot like pansies and poppies: They are among spring's happy flowers.

I just added two marigold photos that were taken with my first Nikon, a D5000. While it doesn't have the same professional qualities as a Nikon D3x or D800e (which was made with flower photography in mind), it still took good photos that can be framed. Marigolds are a lot like pansies and poppies: They are among spring's happy flowers.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons marigold marigold photo marigold photographs marigold photos marigolds The Flower Photographer https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/marigolds Thu, 12 Jan 2023 22:28:34 GMT
More Photos In 2023 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/more-photos Peacock photo by Glenn Franco Simmons.PeacockA peacock that I photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since my last post in December 2022, I've been shoveling a lot of snow from one storm after another. And then we were out of power for six days. Hopefully, after the next few storms, I can get back to photos. If you like my website, please share and return! Thank you for visiting.

This photo was taken in the San Francisco Bay Area. Because the background was distracting, I decided to black it out and I really like the effect.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bay Area peacock peacock photo peacock photograph peacock photographs peacock photos peacocks San Francisco https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2023/1/more-photos Wed, 11 Jan 2023 18:48:32 GMT
In The Garden Of Thy Heart ... https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/garden-of-thy-heart I have added some illustrated Persian Hidden Word 3 images to my gallery today. Just click on the slideshow to navigate to the gallery.

O FRIEND! In the garden of thy heart plant naught but the rose of love, and from the nightingale of affection and desire loosen not thy hold. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Persian Hidden Word 3. © Bahá’í International Community. Used in accordance with BIC terms and with permission. Photos © Bahá’í Writings As Art. I don't use the # (such as #3, #30, etc., because # is redundant.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) garden of thy heart Persian Hidden Word Persian Hidden Word 3 Persian Hidden Words rose of love https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/garden-of-thy-heart Tue, 20 Dec 2022 18:41:30 GMT
Francis Meilland A Beautiful Pink Rose https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/francis The Francis Meilland roses I photographed were among thousands of beautiful blooms of a variety of roses at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. It's one of the prettiest pink rose I've photographed. While not fully pink, it definitely has a pink tone to it that is quite unique. Please click on this photo to navigate to the Francis Meilland rose photo gallery. I updated two photos today and this is one of them. There is also a cropped version of this photo, which I also updated today.

Francis Meilland rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.Francis Meilland RoseFrancis Meilland rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden by Glenn Franco Simmons.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Francis Meilland rose pink rose pink roses rose rose photo rose photos roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/francis Tue, 20 Dec 2022 17:25:31 GMT
Fence Rose Adorn San Jose Municipal Rose Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/fence A beautiful, unidentified fence rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. This is a fence rose, which adorn the award-winning San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in Silicon Valley. Please click the photo to navigate to more photos in the unidentified rose gallery.

A beautiful rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.San Jose RoseA beautiful, unidentified fence rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons Municipal Rose Garden rose rose photo rose photograph rose photographer rose photographs rose photography roses San Jose https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/fence Tue, 20 Dec 2022 03:15:09 GMT
Sweet Surrender A Victory For Any Rose Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/sweet-surrender Sweet Surrender roses photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's most-cherished rose gardens in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose. Click on the photo to navigate to the Sweet Surrender rose garden.

Sweet Surrender rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Sweet Surrender RoseSweet Surrender rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's most-cherished rose gardens in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Municipal Rose Garden rose rose photographer rose photography roses San Jose Sweet Surrender rose Sweet Surrender roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/sweet-surrender Tue, 20 Dec 2022 03:05:22 GMT
Sunsprite Roses Are Delightful https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/sunsprite This gallery will feature Sunsprite roses photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's most-prized rose gardens. Click on the image to navigate to the Sunsprite rose gallery.

Sunsprite rsoes photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons near San Francisco.Sunsprite RosesSunsprite roses photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's most-prized rose gardens.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) rose photographer rose photos San Jose Sunsprite rose Sunsprite roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/sunsprite Tue, 20 Dec 2022 02:56:47 GMT
Red Freesias A Brilliant Addition https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red-freesias Red freesias are a brilliant and colorful addition to any garden; however, the ones I had, had a problem with black mold, so this is the best I could come up with. Click on the photo to navigate to the red freesia photo gallery.

Red freesias photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Red FreesiasRed freesias photographed in my Cupertino backyard.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Cupertino freesia photo freesia photos red freesia red freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red-freesias Tue, 20 Dec 2022 02:44:18 GMT
Percy The Peacock Is A Character https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/percy-the-peacock-is-a-character A peacock that I photographed in my travels. Please click the slideshow to navigate to the gallery with more peacock photos.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Filoli peacock peacock photo peacock photos Percy peacock photos Percy the peacock https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/percy-the-peacock-is-a-character Tue, 20 Dec 2022 02:38:08 GMT
An Almost-famous Clocktower https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/clocktower I have black-and-white and color photos of an almost-famous clocktower in the San Francisco Bay Area. I added numerous new photos today, so be ssure to check it out by click on the slideshow to navigate to the clocktower gallery.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bay Area clocktower clocktower photo clocktower photos Filoli San Francisco https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/clocktower Tue, 20 Dec 2022 02:27:04 GMT
Mauve Freesias A Unique Addition https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/mauve These were listed as mauve freesias, but they are kind of difficult to identify in terms of color. I photographed them in our Cupertino backyard. Just click the photo to navigate to the photo gallery where these are featured.
Mauve freesias photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Mauve FreesiasThese were listed as mauve freesias, but they are kind of difficult to identify in terms of color. I photographed them in our Cupertino backyard.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) freesia freesias mauve freesia mauve freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/mauve Tue, 20 Dec 2022 02:14:38 GMT
Red Tulips Brighten Any Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red I've photographed many tulips in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, I added red tulips. Click on the slideshow link to navigate to the red tulip gallery.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) red tulip red tulips tulip tulips https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:56:51 GMT
Purple Irises Are Bay Area Beauties https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/purple-irises Purple iris photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a real challenge to photograph these in the full sun, which is about the only time of day I could photograph irises in this part of the Bay Area.

Purple iris photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Purple IrisPurple iris photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a real challenge to photograph these in the full sun, which is about the only time of day I could photograph irises in this part of the Bay Area.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) iris irises purple flowers purple iris purple irises https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/purple-irises Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:49:38 GMT
White Water Lilies Bloom https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/water-lilies White water lilies photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in the San Francisco Bay Area. I added two photos to the white water lily photo gallery today. Just click on the photo to navigate there.

White water lilies photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.White Water LilyWhite water lily photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Filoli flower Glenn Franco Simmons lilies lily water lilies water lily https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/water-lilies Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:33:27 GMT
Pinnacles Worthy Of A National Monument https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pinnacles Pinnacles National Park photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Pinnacles used to be a national monument, but it was changed to a national so it could be preserved. Click on the photo to navigate to the Pinnacles gallery.

Pinnacles National Park photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pinnacles National ParkPinnacles National Park photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons. Pinnacles used to be a national monument, but it was changed to a national so it could be preserved.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) landscape landscapes Pinnacles Pinnacles National Park Pinnacles National Park photos Pinnacles photos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pinnacles Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:23:39 GMT
Pretty Pink Magnolias Photographed https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pretty-pink Pink magnolias photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Magnolias in the San Francisco Bay Area bloom as early as January. They are among spring's first blooms. Click on the photo to navigate to the pink magnolia photo gallery. I added five photos today. They are cropped differently.

Pink magnolia photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Pink MagnoliaA beautiful pink magnolia blossom photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) magnolia magnolia blossom magnolia blossoms magnolia photos magnolias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pretty-pink Tue, 20 Dec 2022 01:08:47 GMT
Stainless Steel Roses Are Stunning https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/stainless-steel-roses-are-stunning This gallery will feature Stainless Steel roses photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's premiere rose gardens. Please click on the photo to navigate to the Stainless Steel rose gallery.
Stainless Steel roses photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Stainless Steel RoseStainless Steel rose photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which is one of America's premiere rose gardens.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons Municipal Rose Garden rose rose photo rose photograph rose photographer rose photos roses San Jose Stainless Steel rose Stainless Steel roses https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/stainless-steel-roses-are-stunning Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:55:01 GMT
White Magnolias Are Early Bloomers https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/white-magnolias-are-early-bloomers White magnolias photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Magnolias in the San Francisco Bay Area bloom as early as January. They are among spring's first blooms. Click on slideshow to navigate to the white magnolia photo gallery. I added five photos today. They are cropped differently.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons magnolia blossom magnolia blossoms Magnolias white magnolia white magnolias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/white-magnolias-are-early-bloomers Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:40:37 GMT
Cherry Blossoms & A Bee In Saratoga https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/cherry-blossoms Cherry blossoms photographed in Saratoga, Calif., a quaint town in Silicon Valley's foothills.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) bee bees blossom blossoms Cherry blossom cherry blossoms Saratoga https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/cherry-blossoms Tue, 20 Dec 2022 00:31:46 GMT
Peace In Various Languages Illustrated https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/peace This image features peace in a variety of languages. Image courtesy of NASA; image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of use. Used in accordance with NASA public-domain images. Click on the image to be taken to the gallery where this resides. I added two such images today.

Peace in various languages illustrated by Glenn Franco Simmons.Peace In various LanguagesThis image features peace in a variety of languages. Image courtesy of NASA; image use does not imply NASA's endorsement of use. Used in accordance with NASA public-domain images.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) peace world peace https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/peace Mon, 19 Dec 2022 23:59:51 GMT
Fragrant White Freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/fragrant-white White freesias grown and photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in our Cupertino backyard. Freesias are about the most-fragrant flower I've ever grown and/or photographed. They are a delight to any garden. To see more white freesias, just click on the photo to navigate to the white freesias gallery. There are other freesias colors, too, if you are interested. I've added a few photos today.

White freesias photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.White FreesiasWhite freesias grown and photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in his Cupertino backyard.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Cupertino freesia freesias Glenn Franco Simmons white freesia white freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/fragrant-white Mon, 19 Dec 2022 23:42:48 GMT
Freesia Bouquets Are Now Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/freesia-bouquets I have quite a few freesia bouquets, but I've only uploaded a couple at this point, starting today. Click on the photo for the gallery that features freesia bouquets with freesias grown in our Cupertino backyard and photographed in my small studio.

Freesias photographed in Cupertino by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cupertino Freesia BouquetsThese freesias were grown in our Cupertino backyard. I photographed them in my makeshift photo studio in our vacant bedroom.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) freesia freesia photo freesia photographer freesia photographs freesia photography freesia photos freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/freesia-bouquets Mon, 19 Dec 2022 22:40:20 GMT
Moondance Rose A White Beauty https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/moondance One of the whitest of white roses I've photographed is the Moondance rose. It's a real beauty and very close to Canadian White Star rose and the Tineke rose. I photographed all of these roses at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, one of America's most-beautiful rose gardens. I added two Moondance photos today. Just click on the image and it should take you to the Moondance rose gallery.

Moondance rose photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Moondance RoseMoondance roses photographed at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, one of America's most-beautiful rose gardens.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Moondance rose Moondance roses Municipal Rose Garden rose rose photo rose photos roses San Jose https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/moondance Mon, 19 Dec 2022 22:14:38 GMT
Beautiful Bronze-colored Dahlias In Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/bronze-colored Because I was unable to identify these dahlias, I'll call them bronze-colored. However, brown dahlias that are unidentified will also be included in this gallery. Photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) dahlia dahlia photo dahlia photographer dahlia photographs dahlia photos dahlias Glenn Franco Simmons Golden Gate Park San Francisco The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/bronze-colored Sun, 18 Dec 2022 17:20:22 GMT
Flaming Dahlias At Golden Gate Park https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/flaming-dahlias I called these dahlias "flaming dahlias" because of their fiery reddish-orange and yellow. I was not able to obtain the names for them when I photographed them in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. If you can identify them, please let me know. I added them today.


 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) dahlia dahlia photo dahlia photographer dahlia photos dahlias Glenn Franco Simmons Golden Gate Park San Francisco The Dahlia Garden yellow dahlia yellow dahlias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/flaming-dahlias Sun, 18 Dec 2022 17:05:42 GMT
Pink Dahlias Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pink-dahlias-added I have quite a few photos of pink dahlias and I've added many today; unfortunately, many of them I could not identify. They were take in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. Just click on the slideshow to navigate to the pink dahlia gallery. I also have hundreds of other dahlia photos, if you like dahlias, so be sure to check those out.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) dahlia dahlia pics dahlia pix dahlias flower flower photographer flower photographs Glenn Franco Simmons Golden Gate Park pink dahlia pink dahlias The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pink-dahlias-added Sun, 18 Dec 2022 03:26:09 GMT
Salinas Valley A Beautiful Location https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/salinas-valley Just click on the slideshow to navigate to the Salinas Valley photos.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Glenn Franco Simmons Salinas landscape Salinas landscapes Salinas Valley landscape Salinas Valley photographs https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/salinas-valley Sun, 18 Dec 2022 02:55:45 GMT
Saratoga Cherry Blossoms Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/saratoga Today, I added more cherry blossoms to the cherry blossom group. These photos were taken in Saratoga, Calif., which is located in the Silicon Valley foothills. Saratoga was located about 10 minutes from our Cupertino home. Just click on the slide show and it take you to the Saratoga cherry blossom gallery.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) cherry blossom cherry blossom photo cherry blossom photographs cherry blossom photos cherry blossoms Saratoga Saratoga cherry blossoms https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/saratoga Sun, 18 Dec 2022 02:18:57 GMT
Rhododendrons Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/rhododendrons Rhododendrons have been added today. Just click the slideshow and it will take you to the rhody gallery.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Rhododendron Rhododendron photo Rhododendron photos Rhododendrons https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/rhododendrons Sun, 18 Dec 2022 01:37:24 GMT
Pansies ~ Spring's Happy Flowers ~ Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pansies The pansy is one of spring's "happiest" flowers. Pansies will brighten up any garden and can be grown in a variety of climates. I've added three to new galleries today. You can find them under the "Pansies" gallery or in the "Pansies" gallery within the "Flowers As Art" group.

Pansies photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.PansiesThe pansy is one of spring's "happiest" flowers. Pansies will brighten up any garden and can be grown in a variety of climates.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) flower photo flower photos pansies pansy pansy photo pansy photos https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/pansies Sun, 18 Dec 2022 01:19:57 GMT
Dainty Porcelain Dahlias Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/dainty-porcelain-dahlias Depending upon how long a dahlia has been out in the sun, whether a flash is used, whether it is cloudy, as well as other variables, they can appear quite differently in photos. That's the case with my Porcelain dahlia photos. Some were photographed under clouds, some in bright sun and some with a flash.

Porcelain dahlias photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park. I've added two new ones to my Porcelain Dahlia galleries.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) dahlia dahlias flower flowers Golden Gate Park Porcelain dahlia Porcelain dahlias San Francisco The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/dainty-porcelain-dahlias Sun, 18 Dec 2022 01:06:51 GMT
Beautiful Fickle Dahlias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/beautiful-fickle-dahlias Fickle dahlias, photographed in San Francisco at The Dahlia Garden in Golden Gate Park, have been added today.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) dahlia dahlias Fickle dahlia Fickle dahlias Golden Gate Park San Francisco The Dahlia Garden https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/beautiful-fickle-dahlias Sun, 18 Dec 2022 00:57:42 GMT
Red & Yellow Tulips Added https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red-tulips Red and yellow tulips photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Red & Yellow TulipsRed and yellow tulips photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area by Glenn Franco Simmons; specifically, about a half-hour south of The City.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) red tulip red tulips tulip tulips https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/red-tulips Sun, 18 Dec 2022 00:42:31 GMT
Single Drop Into An Ocean https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/single-drop A Baha'i quote illustrated by photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.A Single Drop, Baha'u'lahFar be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favors of God ...

Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favors of God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed into a sun and a single drop into an ocean. He unlocketh thousands of doors, while man is incapable of conceiving even a single one.
~ Bahá'u'lláh

Source: Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh. Bahá'í Reference Library. © Bahá'í International Community. There are three similar photos on black backgrounds with this excerpt, if you are interested. Please visit the gallery to view them.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) a mere atom A single drop Baha'i excerpts Baha'i quotes Baha'i verses Baha'u'llah favors of God Glenn Franco Simmons into a sun ocean transformed unlocketh thousands of doors https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/single-drop Wed, 14 Dec 2022 23:59:03 GMT
A Single Drop Into An Ocean https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/a-single-drop A Baha'i quote illustrated by photographer Glenn Franco Simmons.A Single Drop, Baha'u'lahFar be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favors of God ...

Far be it from us to despair at any time of the incalculable favors of God, for if it were His wish He could cause a mere atom to be transformed into a sun and a single drop into an ocean. He unlocketh thousands of doors, while man is incapable of conceiving even a single one.
~ Bahá'u'lláh

Source: Tablets of Bahá'u'lláh. Bahá'í Reference Library. © Bahá'í International Community. For this artwork, I've used a black background. There are two similar ocean photos that have this excerpt on the photo without the black background if you are interested. Please just visit the gallery.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) a mere atom A single drop Baha'i excerpts Baha'i quotes Baha'i verses Baha'u'llah favors of God Glenn Franco Simmons into a sun ocean transformed unlocketh thousands of doors https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/a-single-drop Wed, 14 Dec 2022 23:55:31 GMT
Lavender Freesia Gallery Updated https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/lavender-freesia-gallery-updated I've updated my lavender freesia gallery. These freesias were grown and photographed in our Cupertino backyard near Silicon Valley's foothills. They did quite well for nine years, despite a years'-long drought that ravaged plants and trees and utterly wiped out our front lawn.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) freesia freesia photo freesia photographer freesia photographs freesia photography freesia photos freesias Glenn Franco Simmons lavender freesia lavender freesia photo lavender freesia photographers lavender freesia photos lavender freesias Santa Clara Valley Valley of Hearts' Delight https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/lavender-freesia-gallery-updated Wed, 14 Dec 2022 22:17:23 GMT
Our Cupertino Yellow Freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/yellow-freesias Yellow freesias photographed in Cupertino by Glenn Franco Simmons.Cupertino Yellow FreesiasYellow freesias grown in our Cupertino, Calif., backyard. Before a years-long drought, I planted the freesias and they kept going, despite a severe lack of rainfall and moisture.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Cupertino floral flower flower photographer flower photography flower photos flower pics flower pix flowers freesia freesias yellow freesia yellow freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/yellow-freesias Wed, 14 Dec 2022 21:56:18 GMT
White Freesias Grown In Cupertino https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/white-freesias White freesias photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.White FreesiasWhite freesias grown and photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in his Cupertino backyard. I've added a few more freesias to my white freesia gallery. These were grown and photographed in our Cupertino, Calif., backyard.

"Freesia is a genus of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866 by Christian Friedrich Ecklon (1886) and named after the German botanist and medical practitioner, Friedrich Freese (1795-1876)," according to public-domain Wikipedia. "It is native to the eastern side of southern Africa, from Kenya south to South Africa, most species being found in Cape Provinces.

White freesias photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.White FreesiasWhite freesias grown and photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in his Cupertino backyard. "Species of the former genus Anomatheca are now included in Freesia. The plants commonly known as 'freesias,' with fragrant funnel-shaped flowers, are cultivated hybrids of a number of Freesia species. Some other species are also grown as ornamental plants.

I've grown many over the years, with the most prolific growing in Cupertino and Fortuna, Calif. Cupertino is located in Silicon Valley and Fortuna is located in the Eel River Valley of the North Coast of The Redwood Empire.

I also grew some in a small forested valley called Freshwater, also on the North Coast, about nine miles east of Humboldt County's seat of Eureka, a Victorian seaport.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) freesia freesia photo freesia photographer freesia photographs freesia photography freesia photos freesias Glenn Franco Simmons Santa Clara Valley Valley of Hearts' Delight white flower white flowers white freesia white freesia photo white freesia photographs white freesia photos white freesias https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/white-freesias Wed, 14 Dec 2022 21:31:51 GMT
Back To Blog Posts In 2023 https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/back-to-blog With the reformatting of my website, almost all my past blog posts were removed (except those that I've posted this year). Although I've been busy taking new photos this fall and enjoying historic Virginia City through the summer and fall, I've had some time to post new photos to this site. Among them are some fall photos I took at Spooner Lake in the Sierra Nevada, within view of Lake Tahoe and about 25 minutes from my Carson City, Nev. home. This slide show shows a few.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) fall colors fall photos Lake Tahoe Sierra fall colors Sierra fall photos Sierra Nevada Spooner Lake https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/12/back-to-blog Thu, 01 Dec 2022 19:25:30 GMT
'Ruinous Wars Shall Pass Away" https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/ruinous-wars Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláhThese Ruinous WarsThese fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint. 122 pages. Page IX. Former
Baha'i Reference Library. Photo courtesy of NASA. Photo use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
These fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come. ... ~ Bahá’u’lláh

Source: Proclamation of Bahá’u’lláh. Author: Bahá’u’lláh. Source: U.S. Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1978 reprint. 122 pages. Page IX. Former Baha'i Reference Library. Photo courtesy of NASA. Photo use does not imply NASA's endorsement of such use.
 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Baha'i Faith Bahaullah Baha'u'llah fruitless strifes Most Great Peace peace ruinous wars war https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/ruinous-wars Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:18:54 GMT
Birth of Baha'u'llah Observed by Baha'is https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/birth-of-bahau-llah  

Aerial view of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, the Mansion of Bahjí, and surrounding gardens at night. Provided by the Baha'i Media Bank. Shrine of Bahá’u’lláAerial view of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, the Mansion of Bahjí, and surrounding gardens at night. Provided by the Baha'i Media Bank. © BIC. Today, Oct. 27, 2022, is, for Bahá’ís, the holy day celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, 1817–1892. "Bahá’u’lláh was born in 1817 in Tehran, Iran and established the Bahá’í Faith whose principal teachings are the oneness of humanity, the oneness of religion and the oneness of God," according to the U.S. Baha'i community's website. "The appearance of Bahá’u’lláh has been likened to a spiritual springtime, destined to spread peace and unity around the globe." The aerial photo of the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh, Mansion of Bahjí and surrounding gardens at night was downloaded from the Bahá’í Media Bank and is copyrighted by the Bahá’í International Community. Photo use does not imply the BIC's endorsement of such use. Used according to the BIC's terms.

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bahai Baha'i Bahaullah Baha'u'llah Bahji holy day Iran Israel Persia religion shrine https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/birth-of-bahau-llah Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:13:48 GMT
Observance of Anniversary of the Birth of The Bab https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/observance Anniversary of the Birth of the BábBirth of The Báb.This is an artwork I did about 2012 or so for the anniversary of The Birth of the Báb. Yesterday, Oct. 26, 2022, was, for Bahá’ís, the holy day celebrating the Birth of the Báb, 1819–1850. "The Báb (meaning 'Gate' in Arabic) is considered to have paved the way for the incarnation of Bahá’u’lláh, similar to the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus Christ," according to the U.S. Bahá’í community's website. "Born in 1819 in Shiraz, Iran, The Báb’s mission was to awaken the people to the fact that a new period in human history had begun. He called for spiritual and moral reformation ~ a revolutionary message in his time. The photo of the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel was taken by Dennis Jarvis (CC BY-SA 2.0). Photo use does not imply Mr. Jarvis' endorsement of such use.

 

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glennfrancosimmons@hotmail.com (Glenn Thomas Franco Simmons' Photography) Bab Bahai Baha'i holy day Iran Israel Persia religion shrine The Bab https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/10/observance Thu, 27 Oct 2022 23:08:24 GMT
Silver City's Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. https://glennthomasfrancosimmons.com/blog/2022/3/silver-citys-amity-lodge-no-4-f-a-m Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. (Editor's Note: I've re-edited my photos of Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. I had some chromatic aberration around the original photos. Since 2014, when I took and edited the photos, my photo-editing skills have been significantly improved and I started from the original photos and edited new ones. I hope you enjoy them. They are free to download. Masons may use them for commercial and noncommercial use. Anyone else may only use them for noncommercial use.)

In 1987, I became a Mason and for several years progressed and learned, until raising twins and a son and operating a weekly newspaper took most of my time seven days a week, and it wasn't 8 to 5.

At a small newspaper, and even at the daily print newspaper I co-founded in 2003, the editor and even publisher (I was publisher for a while at my daily) take photos, edit or write obits, and write stories, editorials and columns. Plus, you have to copyedit and proofread everything.

Sadly, I became inactive in about 1993. In 2001, I attempted to rejoin with my fellow Brothers, but soon after, I co-founded a daily newspaper, and I was even busier than I was at the weekly.

Regardless, I've always had a love of Masonry and the good works Masons do in the world.

Glenn Franco Simmons' photo of Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

So, when I finally got a professional camera, on one of my visits to family in Carson City in 2014, I made the trip to Silver City to photograph my favorite Masonic Lodge of all the ones I've seen.

As a result of my brotherly fraternity for my former Brothers, I offer my Masonic photos for free. I will be taking more in Nevada this spring and summer, now that restrictions have finally been lifted.

Now, a little about the Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

When driving to Virginia City, travelers might notice the well-cared-for white building with blue trim in Silver City, Nev., without realizing it is part of a living history that dates all the way back to the origins of The Comstock Lode.

Silver City's Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M. — located at 175 Main St. — was chartered in 1863.

Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. "Amity Lodge No. 4 had its beginnings as Silver City Lodge No. 163," according to Amity Lodge's website (www.amitylodge4nv.org). "Sojourning Masons living in Silver City, Nevada, under the guidance of Brother John C. Currie expressed their desire to organize a lodge, by framing a petition to the Grand Lodge of California. A dispensation was granted by Grand Master William C. Belcher on March 20, 1863, to the sundry Brethren at Silver City, Nevada Territory, and a charter was granted by the Grand Lodge of California on May 15, 1863, as Silver City Lodge No. 163. The officers and members included — John C. Currie, W. M.; Charles F. Brant, S. W.; William B. Hickok, J. W.; August Koneman, Treasurer; Henry W. Arnold, Secretary; James A. Cowden, S. D.; Moses J. Rourke, J. D.; Henry Lun, Tyler. Other members included Master Masons M. J. Henley, R. P. Kerr, and Robert H. Watson.

"Lodge membership increased to 36 Master Masons, 4 Fellow Craft, and 12 Entered Apprentices in 1865, when the Lodge severed it connection to the Grand Lodge of California, and united with other Lodges in the organization of the Grand Lodge of Nevada, from which it received a charter at the time as Amity Lodge No. 4 on January 16, 1865. Its first Master, Brother John C. Currie, withdrew, and united with Virginia City Lodge at Virginia City, and was elected Grand Master of Masons of the State of Nevada, and also served as Mayor of Virginia City. Brother Richard T. Mullard was the last Master under California jurisdiction, and Master under newly formed Amity Lodge No. 4, he would later {become} Deputy Grand Master."

There are many misconceptions about Masons, so I refer readers to an excellent rebuttal to common fallacies regarding Freemasonry that the Grand Lodge of Virginia published "Myths of Freemasonry."

There is a stated meeting first Thursday of each month at Amity Lodge.

To contact the Lodge, here are its mailing details: P.O. Box 11332, Reno, NV. 89510-1332.

Here are some more photos, including black-and-whites for the nostalgic look. Keep scrolling past the black-and-white photos to see some more photos of this lovely Lodge.

Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Amity Lodge No. 4 photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons in Silver City, Nev.Silver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.&A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.
Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9497 copySilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9502 DEFSilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly. Silver City Masonic Lodge photographed by Glenn Franco Simmons.DSC_9507 copySilver City Amity Masonic Lodge No. 4Silver City Masonic Lodge, known officially as Amity Lodge No. 4 F.& A.M., 1863 charter. In case you are wondering, there is a Stated meeting the first Thursday of monthly.

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