Islamic Black Standard Prophecy Answered In Persia In Mid-1800s

“Should your eyes behold the Black Standards proceeding from Khurasan, hasten ye towards them, even though ye should have to crawl over the snow, inasmuch as they proclaim the advent of the promised Midhi, the Vicegerent of God.” ~ Prophet Muhammad That is an Islamic prophecy uttered by The Prophet Muhammad Himself. However, the answer…


In the ocean he findeth a drop

In the ocean he findeth a drop, in a drop he beholdeth the secrets of the sea. ~ Bahá'u'lláh Source: The Seven Valleys and the Four Valleys. Bahá'í online Authoritative Texts Library. © Bahá'í International Community. Photo © Glenn Franco Simmons.  


by Glenn Franco Simmons In 2007, I penned a column for which I was mocked by a blogger who titled an acid-tongued response: “Glenn Franco Simmons: The Opinionator.” The column I had written was about a tragic police shooting of an armed woman. Officers said they were forced to use lethal force, which I believed.…

My Heart Dances With Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending…

Almaden Meadows’ Mustard Blossoms

Mustard blossoms at Almaden Meadows Park in South San Jose were a must-see stop for The Flower Photographer of Silicon Valley, Glenn Franco Simmons. On a leisurely weekend ride with his lovely wife a few years ago, Glenn saw these beautiful blossoms that have not yet returned to the amount seen in this photo. Hopefully,…

Bon-Bon Rose A Dainty Beauty

The Floribunda Bon-Bon rose is a pink-blend that transitions to red, in some cases. It was bred by William A. Warriner (United States, 1974) and introduced by Jackson & Perkins Co. as Bon-Bon. Blooming in abundance throughout the rose-growing season, this beauty has a mild fragrance.

Nicole Rose A Beauty

The Nicole rose is one of the most beautiful roses I've had the pleasure to photograph at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden in the heart of Silicon Valley. It blooms in mid- to late April each year. This photo's texture has been softened for effect.