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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

Hex Diamonds

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Hexagonal plate ice crystals form between warm and cold air

Bundling up and marching off into the snow when it’s below zero has its rewards. These tiny and delicate hexagonal plate ice crystals formed along the bank of Fargo Brook where stream undercutting has exposed bare soils to the frigid air. When damp warmth filtering out of the ground meets the air the crystals form. These crystals were only a few millimeters wide so getting in close with a macro lens was necessary.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

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Window Frost

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Ornate ice crystals form on the inside of our garage windows.

Sub-zero temperatures do have their advantages…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 320, f/9, 1/640″ exposure.

Snow basket

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Queen Anne’s lace becomes a basket of snow

Light morning snow bedecks the dried seed head of Queen Anne’s lace—a fine little basket of snow.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4, 1/4000″ exposure

Ice abstraction

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Abstract form in ice

This abstract photo is actually a paw print. I’m guessing a coyote judging by the size and the placement of the prints across the ice. The animal was running across the thin ice surface of a local beaver pond and its feet were breaking through the slushy ice in places. Cold overnight temperatured had allowed for a thin skim of fresh ice to form in the print.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.

Snowy spruce

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A red spruce at the edge of our field sports a mantle of snow this morning

Yesterday’s surprise snow storm made for a pretty morning as the sun rose in a cloudless sky. With a strong southerly airflow, temperatures rose quickly and the 4″ of snow we received is on its way to melting.

According to Mary Holland, this is a boom year for conifer cones, and my observations from around our area bares this out. Those critters that feed on conifer cones—red squirrels, voles, waxwings, chickadees, nuthatches, grosbeaks, crossbills, and siskins—should see a bit of a bump in their numbers next breeding season.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 84mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/640″ exposure.

Twist

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A twist of grape tendril

When the leaves disappear, subtler natural forms start to emerge. This twist of grape tendril caught my eye on my way up Taft Road.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/7.1, 1/800″ exposure

Sky Ice

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Early pond ice and sky

Early ice and reflected sky in one of the beaver ponds along Taft Road.

There’s quite a growing complex of beaver ponds along Taft Road now. Cold temperatures have started to close the open water, and the beavers are working overtime (if there is such a thing in beaverland…) to gather enough food to make it though the winter in their lodges bound by ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/500″ exposure.

Camel’s Hump Black & White

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Camel’s Hump in black & white

A friend challenged me to black & white photo thingy on the facebooks, so I obliged. Interestingly, this time of year (November…) it’s kind of hard to find much color in the world, so black and white landscapes work!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 115mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/1300″ exposure.

Frosted Rugosa

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Rugosa rose leaves bedecked with frost

Intricate frost crystals grow on rugosa rose leaves in the chilly morning air.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/400″ exposure

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