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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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September 2013

Morning rays

Sunlight streams through humid morning air above Fargo Brook
Sunlight streams through humid morning air above Fargo Brook

As the sun rose above the trees this morning, shafts of light cut through the knife-thick humid air above Fargo Brook.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 35mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.

Virgin’s Bower

VIrgin's Bower blooming in an overgrown field
VIrgin’s Bower blooming in an overgrown field

Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana) is a vine that grows in open fields and forest fringes. Its feathery petals are unusual and wonderfully delicate. Can you spot the hidden yellow crab spider?

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 1250, f/4, 1/640″ exposure

Looking down…

Maidenhair fern along a woodland path
Maidenhair fern along a woodland path

Maidenhair fern grows in mature hardwood forests here in Vermont, especially where lime rich soils exist. There’s one spot on a favorite trail up in the woods behind our house where they grow, and a nearby rocky outcrop of gneisses and limestone are probably the reason why. I love the gentle curving pattern of these ferns and the delicacy of their fronds. This one is showing a bit of chill damage as the temps have been dipping into the mid 30s on recent nights.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 1250, f/1.8, 1/400″ exposure

Sometimes it’s good to look up…

Looking up into the forest canopy
Looking up into the forest canopy

I spend a lot of time doing macro photography. Consequently, I’m often wandering through the woods and fields with my eyes on the ground seeking out the small and hidden. Sometimes it’s good to look up. This shot was taken right above where I took yesterday’s shot of the Sisyphian mushroom.

Nikon D600, Nikon 18-35mm lens @ 18mm, ISO 1250, f/22, 1/50″ exposure.

Sisyphus

A tiny mushroom pushes its way out of the soil
A tiny mushroom pushes its way out of the soil

This tiny mushroom seems to be pushing a small stone uphill like Sisyphus, the ancient Greek prince.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/6.3, 1/13″ exposure.

Patience…

A garden spider waits patiently in her dew soaked web.
A garden spider waits patiently in her dew soaked web.

This garden spider was waiting patiently in her web yesterday morning as the morning sun was just beginning to lift through the trees to the east. Sorry for the cross-post for those of you who visit my East Street Weather Blog, but I really like this shot and wanted to share it.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/4000″ exposure.

Joe Pye Weed

Flowering Joe Pye weed
Flowering Joe Pye weed

I was back in my old stomping grounds of northeast Ohio visiting my mother after dropping off my daughter at college. My Mom & I went for a walk through fields and woods that I used to spend a lot of time in as a kid. It was interesting to see how things have changed—trees grown, fields vanishing to thickets and woods, old paths disappeared. This shot of Joe Pye weed shows a bit of color coming to the maples as well.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 800, f/4, 1/800″ exposure.

So many Susans…

A plethora of rudbeckia blossoms in my Mother's flower garden.
A plethora of rudbeckia blossoms in my Mom’s flower garden.

My 85 year old mother has been an avid and masterful gardener since I can remember. She’s still at it—planting, tending, weeding, watering—every day during the summer months at her home in northeast Ohio.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 100, f/1.8, 1/500″ exposure.

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