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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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

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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

Rusted

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Red oak leaves “rusting” on the branch

Many years ago, Robin pulled a red oak sapling out of the woods and planted it at the edge of our front yard. It’s now about 25′ tall and one of the showcase trees on our property (despite being decapitated in 2014…) This time of year it’s leaves look like they’re rusting. They cling to the branches well into the winter with some not dropping until new leaves push out in the spring. There are quite a few dried leaves from last season still on the branches…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/5.2, 1/640″ exposure

Four in the meadow

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Two pair of Jersey heifers in a fall meadow

Four of the Taft’s Jersey heifers don’t seem to be paying too much attention to the view along Shaker Mountain Road.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure

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