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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

Month

May 2018

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.

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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

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