The Flower Photographer of Silicon Valley

posted on 4th of april, 2017


For many years as a boy and young adult, I could not be around flowers or blossoms because of the risk of severe allergy and asthma attacks. I would long for the time when I could be around flowers and blossoms and enjoy them like my Grandma Hill and everyone else.

Grandma loved flowers so much, and always had something blooming in her yard in spring and summer, whether in Goleta or Freshwater, Calif., where I grew up.

By my late 20s, my allergies subsided to the point where I could be around fragrant flowers and blossoms, but it wasn’t until after my brother tragically passed away, that I would begin getting the green thumb he left behind.

For many years, I grew daffodils, dahlias and tulips, along with irises and roses. I would grow them by the hundreds and made...

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Posted by Glynisquinlan on April 16, 2017
Posted by Glennfrancosimmons8 on April 07, 2017
Thank you all for your kind comments.
Posted by Egomezta on April 06, 2017
You have amazing images, congratulations...

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Point Lobos Preserved For Posterity

posted on 6th of april, 2017


Point Lobos is a pristine locale on the Big Sur Coast of California a few minutes south of world-famous Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Point Lobos includes the Point Lobos Natural Reserve as well as two adjoining federally protected marine environments: The Point Lobos State Marine Reserve and Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area.

If not for the foresight of engineer Alexander Allen, who purchased a large parcel of Point Lobos in 1933, it would have been subdivided and ruined for posterity, as is so much of the Monterey and Carmel region (although there are a lot of beautiful areas that have been preserved).

If you like easy walks and moderate hikes, Point Lobos has many trails for you. Some meander through forested hills; others take you along the spectacular rocky...

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Posted by Babar760 on April 08, 2017
Had a look at your beautiful portfolio of pictures. Nice car photos. Looks like you were at Pebble Beach concours, right around the bend from Point Lobos." People don't go there anymore, it's too crowded," as Yogi Berra used to say!
Did the Amelia Island concours a few years back. Now too crowded and the room prices have tripled!
Posted by Glennfrancosimmons8 on April 07, 2017
It's often crowded on weekends during good weather, but other times, there are hardly any people there. And, if you go very, very early, you can avoid the crowds even on weekends and leave as they are arriving. Thank you for your comment BarBar760.
Posted by Babar760 on April 07, 2017
Glenn, don't forget to mention that 2 of the world's greatest photographers used their 8 x 10 view cameras to record the wonders of that location. They were Ansel Adams and Edward Weston!
I was there in the 1980s and it wasn't too crowded. How is it now? Probably wall to wall with cell phone snappers.......unless you show up at 5 am.

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Cherry Blossoms And Bees

posted on 7th of april, 2017


When I first began transitioning from photojournalism to what I consider my fine-art photography, I was a bit nervous that the bees swarming around me would sense my apprehension and perhaps sting me. I am highly allergic to bee stings.

Eventually, after having them land all over my body and equipment, I developed a quiet "bee zen," in which I really came to love their little critters. I was often so mesmerized by them that I wouldn't even take photos for a while as I watched them.

This photo was taken in Silicon Valley and is one of my favorites with a bee in it.

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Posted by Egomezta on April 13, 2017
Congratulations, great image.
Posted by Axl7510 on April 12, 2017
very nice picture!!!
Posted by Glennfrancosimmons8 on April 11, 2017
Thank you, Debratos. I've escaped being stung. I have to carry an emergency asthma inhaler and should probably have an epi in case I get stung. But, through seven years of photographing professionally, I haven't been stung yet.

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