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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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Emerging rows of corn along Shaker Mountain Road

Yesterday’s breaking clouds allowed for splashes of sunshine across the emerging corn rows along Shaker Mountain Road. Following the rise and fall of the land, the rows remind me of topographical lines on a map.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

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Magnolia

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Magnolia blooming in our back yard

The magnolia tree in our back yard is in full bloom right now. It’s always a treat to watch the fat furry buds on this tree crack open and burst like slow motion fireworks. But, alas, it’s a short lived celebration as the blossoms are already starting to fall apart.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  218mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/5000″ exposure.

Wake Robin

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Purple trillium in bloom along Taft Road

The purple trillium—also known as wake-robin—is in bloom in the woods now. I love the deep crimson red coloring and the complex centers.

Panasonic GM5, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125″ exposure

Spring Beauties

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Carolina Spring Beauties blooming in the woods

The spring beauties are in full and abundant bloom in the woods up behind our house. There’s a veritable carpet of these little blossoms in a particular spot along the trails that I run in the morning, and they make for a sweetly fragrant run!

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

Sharp Lobed Hepatica

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Sharp lobed hepatica blooming in the woods

The spring ephemeral wildflowers are picking up steam in the woods finally. Sharp lobed hepatica is on of my favorites. These delicate white-with–a-pinkish-tinge flowers bloom in small groups in lime rich hardwood forests.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  32mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Willow

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A pair of willow buds popping

The willow buds that I photographed just peeking out a couple weeks ago are now in full “fireworks” mode. A touch of rain and a fly fill out the composition.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure

Blood Root

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The blood root is in bloom along Fargo Brook

One of my favorite spring ephemerals, blood root, is now blooming along Fargo Brook. This early blooming and hardy flower uses its leathery leaves to protect its blossom when the weather turns chilly, wrapping it up in a cozy shroud, and letting it open up in warmer weather. I imagine it was wrapped up tight this morning!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/14, 1/160″ exposure.

Fox Sparrow

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A fox sparrow stops by on its way north

We were lucky again this year to have a red fox sparrow stop by on its way north. These large sparrows overwinter in central and eastern North America and breed in the taiga of Canada and Alaska. This fellow came through at about the same time that the white throated sparrows returned.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  171mm, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/400″ exposure.

 

The Queen’s Basket

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Dried Queen Anne’s lace makes a basket for its seeds

This dried Queen Anne’s Lace caught my eye the other day—I like the way it holds its seeds like a basket ready for the coming growing season (whenever that arrives!)

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

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