John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Morning dew

Tiny dew droplets catch the morning sun

Tiny dew droplets sparkle in the morning sun in this very close look at a blade of grass. The “large” central drop is perhaps on millimeter in diameter.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.

Rye and Blue

Rye grass flowering by the pond

I’m always amazed at what is revealed when you get in close to a subject. From a distance (and without my reading glasses on…) these rye grass stems (please correct me if I’m wrong on the ID) don’t look like much. But on closer inspection, the tiny flowerettes reveal themselves. A shallow depth of field blurs the irises that were blooming behind.

I’ve been using my full frame Nikon again recently along with a wonderful Sigma 105mm macro lens. I’d kind of forgotten what wonderful photos this setup can take, especially with the magic bokeh!

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/11, 1/100″ exposure.


Wheat ripening in the Farr’s field in Richmond

The Farr family planted wheat in part of their bottomland fields on the south side of Richmond. Usually, that field’s planted fully in corn (there is some growing down along the Winooski River), but I welcome the change in texture and color. We don’t see much wheat planted in these parts…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 40mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1600″ exposure.

Seagrass filigree

Seagrass filigree at Bahia Honda beach

Seagrass forms a wavy line along the water’s edge at Bahia Honda beach in the Keys.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 19mm, ISO 500, f/10, 1/1300″ exposure.


Timothy grass in bloom in our front field
Timothy grass in bloom in our front field

Timothy grass is an abundant perennial grass in our region (and many others!) It’s pipe cleaner-like heads burst with tiny flowers as it blooms.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1000″ exposure.

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