John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




Magnolia blossoms opening in our back garden

The magnolia tree in our back garden began to bloom yesterday. I always find it magical that the fuzzy buds I’ve kept my eyes on all winter long can open up to such a profusion of petals.

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/500″ exposure.

Willow Buds Bustin’ Out!

Willow buds bursting forth!

The willows along the fence line bordering our neighbor’s field are bustin’ out!  A close-up view of the buds reveals their intricate flowering structure.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Tamarack Buds & Cones

New tamarack buds and cones

The two tamarack trees we have in our front field are budding profusely right now. As the only deciduous conifer native to Vermont, tamaracks lose their needles every fall and regrow them each spring. You can also see new cones emerging. These will take a season to mature. This particular tree also has quite a few mature cones from last season.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Blood Root Bloom

Blood root finally in full bloom by Fargo Brook

Yesterday’s sunshine and warm temperatures got the blood root down along Fargo Brook to finally open up!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/160″ exposure.

Mourning Dove Chicks

A pair of mourning dove chicks on our barn windowsill

Last week I posted a shot of a mourning dove sitting on the nest built on the windowsill of our barn attic. I checked back in yesterday, and those eggs I’m assuming the dove was sitting on are now a pair a pretty big chicks! According to my “Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior”, mourning doves will have multiple broods of chicks in a season—as many as 4 or 5—laying 2-4 eggs per brood. Incubation lasts 12-14 days, and chicks fledge 11—16 days after hatching.  By the looks of them, these two aren’t that far away from leaving the nest!

Sony A7II, Sigma 100-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/160″ exposure.

Chilly Blood Root

Reluctant blood root down along Fargo Brook

I’ve been keeping my eye on our patch of blood root down along Fargo Brook as the spring progresses (in fits and starts as the case may be…) The snow and cold hasn’t been much help. The blossoms are up but are very reluctant to open even when the temperature approached 50f yesterday afternoon.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.

Yellow Violet

A yellow violet blossom on the Camel’s Hump Nordic ski trails

Spring ephemerals continue to blossom up here in north-central Vermont despite yesterday’s snowfall! This yellow violet blossom was blooming in the rich woodland soils up along one of Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center trails.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Round Lobed Hepatica


Here’s a close-up view of a round-lobed hepatica blossom found up on the Camel’s Hump Nordic trails. I was finding that the younger blossoms—the ones just opening up—tended to have this lovely purple-pink blush to them, while the older blossoms were mostly a pure white (like the one I posted a couple of days ago).

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/400″ exposure.



Broadwing Hawk

A broadwing hawk lurking in the trees above Fargo Brook

This morning I heard a bit of bird chatter over by the brook. The chickadees were making their alarm calls, and the pair of hairy woodpeckers nesting in the poplar snag by the brook were alarmed as well. Looking about, I finally noticed the cause of all the tumult—a broadwing hawk in a dead elm above the brook. It was quite patient, allowing me to get some good shots from the balcony on the second floor of our house. After a few minutes, a robin flew in and chased the hawk into the woods.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  200mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/200″ exposure.

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