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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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September 2013

Down the wire

Cows and color down the wire
Cows and color down the wire

Beef cows graze as the morning sunlight lights up early fall colors.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 85mm, ISO 400, f/4, 1/640″ exposure.

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Yellow Eye

A yellow rudbeckia in our flower garden
A yellow rudbeckia in our flower garden

As fall officially arrives and the possibility of frost becomes more present, hardy flowers like this rudbeckia continue to show off their colors.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Pod People

 

A close look at a milk weed pod
A close look at a milk weed pod

Milk weed pods are beginning to burst forth out in our front field. It was challenging capturing their dehiscence as there was a good breeze blowing across the field.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 125, f/4.5, 1/1600″ exposure

Fading…

Echinacea fading into fall
Echinacea fading into fall

A first frost last night and the flowers are fading…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/3.5, 1/1000″ exposure

Lichen & Water

A lochen-encrusted cherry tree by Fargo Brook
A lichen-encrusted cherry tree by Fargo Brook

This cherry tree is a stalwart next to Fargo Brook. Given that the brook has been rather unruly in the past couple of years and jumped its banks due to flooding rains, I wonder how long the tree will last before its hold is eroded and it falls like many other trees before it.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/4.5, 1/2500″ exposure.

Suspended spheres

Rain drops caught in a spider's web
Rain drops caught in a spider’s web

Sometimes a spider’s web will catch more than just dinner…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/8, 1/160″ exposure

Hover fly lunch

A hover fly alights on an aster
A hover fly alights on an aster

The asters are blooming in our front field and the bees and flies are enjoying them. Catching these quick flying guys is a challenge!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/4.2, 1/4000″ exposure.

Witness Tree

A favorite "witness tree" in nearby woods
A favorite “witness tree” in nearby woods

This giant sugar maple has lived a long life in the woods near our house. It’s a favorite of mine, and I greet it almost every day as I run through the woods—”Good morning grandfather.” I’d guess it’s around 200 years old. Most of the land in our area has been clear-cut at least twice since Colonial times, and the majority of the bigger trees around us are no older than 60 or 70 years old. The term “witness tree” is used in these parts to describe trees that a farmer would leave standing to help define his property line (note the stone wall in the foreground). There were several such witness trees along this property line, most having given way to gravity and crashed to the ground. This one remains though it’s shedding branches and it’s only a matter of time before it too succumbs.

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 1250, f/16, 1/25″ exposure.

Golden fade

A sprig of goldenrod blooms in the woods
A sprig of goldenrod blooms in the woods

There are several varieties of goldenrod native to our area. This, I think, is Sweet Goldenrod (Solidago odora), as smaller, more compact variety that blooms in fields and open woods.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

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