John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




Elm buds encapsulated in ice

The recent freezing rains (ugh) left a little magic behind in the form of a layer of ice on branches and twigs. These elm buds have a pretty thick coat!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/2500″ exposure

Positive & Negative

Positive & negative space in stream ice

Thin ice

Delicately thin ice surrounds a fallen branch near the Winooski River

We went on a little stroll along the trails of the Warren & Grace Beeken Riverside Preserve in Richmond the other day. Cold morning temperatures had allowed thin ice to form in a vernal pool in the flood plain. As the water receded during the day, the ice was suspended in the air, still clinging to the objects that had help form it. Lovely!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 26mm, ISO 400, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.


Last fall’s maple leaf emerging from the ice

The ice along the edges of our pond is slowly receding. This maple leaf from last fall emerges…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200″ exposure

Bluebird day…

Looking north towards Mt. Mansfield from the summit of Camel’s Hump

It was a fine morning to climb the Hump today. Although there was very little snow in the woods even up at the ridge meadow, traction aids were a must as the trail is still pretty much ice covered above 2500′.

Going up the icy trail!


Broken 6″ thick ice slabs along the Huntington River

The recent heavy rains kicked up many big blocks of ice along the Huntington River. I took a walk along the banks at the Audubon Nature Center here in Huntington yesterday. This is a close-up of a broken 6″ thick slab. I like the air bubbles trapped in the ice.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 55mm, ISO 200, f/13, 1/320″ exposure.


Iced magnolia buds yesterday morning

The season of wacky winter weather continues. Yesterday morning’s icing event coated our backyard magnolia (and everything else) in a good layer of ice before the south winds drove the temperature up to 51 by mid afternoon.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.

-24 Below Frost Feathers

Fine frost feathers above open water on Fargo Brook

Our temperature got down to -24f this morning. I knew there would be some lovely ice crystals forming along the fringes of open water in Fargo Brook. I wasn’t disappointed! These delicate “frost feathers” are only about 2mm across. Fine indeed!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.


Built up ice dangles from a twig above Fargo Brook

Cold temperature make for interesting ice formation. This pendulous pod of ice had built up on a twig just above the moving surface of Fargo Brook.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 200, f/9, 1/30″ exposure.

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