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John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World

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.

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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

Blood Root

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The blood root is in bloom along Fargo Brook

One of my favorite spring ephemerals, blood root, is now blooming along Fargo Brook. This early blooming and hardy flower uses its leathery leaves to protect its blossom when the weather turns chilly, wrapping it up in a cozy shroud, and letting it open up in warmer weather. I imagine it was wrapped up tight this morning!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/14, 1/160″ exposure.

Fox Sparrow

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A fox sparrow stops by on its way north

We were lucky again this year to have a red fox sparrow stop by on its way north. These large sparrows overwinter in central and eastern North America and breed in the taiga of Canada and Alaska. This fellow came through at about the same time that the white throated sparrows returned.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @  171mm, ISO 1600, f7.1, 1/400″ exposure.

 

The Queen’s Basket

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Dried Queen Anne’s lace makes a basket for its seeds

This dried Queen Anne’s Lace caught my eye the other day—I like the way it holds its seeds like a basket ready for the coming growing season (whenever that arrives!)

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

Pushing Up

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Bloodroot pushing its way up through the moss

The bloodroot down by Fargo Brook is starting to push its way up out of the soil. This little shoot was less than a half-inch tall.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.

Taking Wing

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Grouse tracks and wing marks in the snow

I went for what might be one last ski up on Lion’s Ridge at Camel’s Hump Nordic yesterday. With spring coming on, there was all kinds of activity recorded in the snow. I saw tracks from turkeys, weasels, mice, bear—all going about their early spring businesses. I followed this ruffed grouse track to where the bird took flight leaving the impression of its wings in the soft snow.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 12-32mm lens @  26mm, ISO 400, f/9, 1/1000″ exposure.

Bear Tracks

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Bear tracks in the woods up at Camel’s Hump Nordic!

I came across this set of bear tracks while skiing this morning up at Camel’s Hump Nordic (yup, there’s still a lot of snow up there!) I’m pretty sure I was looking at more than one bear walking in the same set of tracks—perhaps a mother and cubs?

Here’s a close up with my glove for scale. Big animal!

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