John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World


Red oak leaves “rusting” on the branch

Many years ago, Robin pulled a red oak sapling out of the woods and planted it at the edge of our front yard. It’s now about 25′ tall and one of the showcase trees on our property (despite being decapitated in 2014…) This time of year it’s leaves look like they’re rusting. They cling to the branches well into the winter with some not dropping until new leaves push out in the spring. There are quite a few dried leaves from last season still on the branches…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/5.2, 1/640″ exposure


Four in the meadow

Two pair of Jersey heifers in a fall meadow

Four of the Taft’s Jersey heifers don’t seem to be paying too much attention to the view along Shaker Mountain Road.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/13, 1/100″ exposure


Chicory frosted

Late season chicory sports a fringe of frost.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/60″ exposure.

Feeling watched…

Harbor seals keeping an eye (many eyes) on me in Chatham, MA

While walking the beach in Chatham on Cape Cod, we were constantly under the gaze of large groups of harbor seals. This group was quite close to the shore—maybe 30 feet off—and didn’t have any problems with me taking their picture. Their rapt attention makes me wonder what they were thinking watching us…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/1600″ exposure.

Here’s a wider shot:


Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/3200″ exposure.


Forest Battle

The garter snake pounces

While descending Hurricane Mountain a week or so ago, I spooked a large garter snake (probably 28-30″ long with a inch-and-a-half diameter). I stopped stock still and watched as he was obviously hunting—his tongue darting as he poked under a fallen tree and in the leaf litter. Without warning, he struck at something I didn’t see—a toad hidden under a layer of leaves. The battle ensued. Robin and I watched for a good 10 minutes as the struggle between snake and rather large toad played out…

The snake gets the toad out of the leaf litter
The toad holds on to a stick
The toad manages to get its head out of the snake’s mouth
The toad struggles to pull away
The snake manages to grap the toad’s head again…

Moments after this last shot, the snake righted itself, lifted the toad a good 6″ off the forest floor, and sped out of sight into cover to finish the job. We could only stand in awe at the power, strength, and persistence of the snake—and yes, we had some remorse for the toad. Such is life in the forest.

Photos taken with a Panasonic GM5 and Lumix 12-32mm lens.

Down the line

Looking down the line in Jonesville, VT

Morning sunshine kicks up heat waves causing some interesting distortion in this vanishing-point view of railroad tracks in Jonesville, VT.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 218mm, ISO 800, f/20, 1/250″ exposure


Elderberry berries ripening along Taft Road

The bright purple stems of elderberry fruit heads certainly catch the eye this time of year. The nutritious berries are sought out by many critters including birds, bears, and homo sapiens.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/3.2, 1/1600″ exposure.

Huntington Eclipse

Moon bites the sun…

The eclipse at its maximun (60.5% of totality) here in Huntington. Note the sunspots on the lower left…

Nikon D600, Meade LX90, 2000mm, Mylar solar filter, ISO 100, f/?, 1/1250″ exposure.

Dogwood berries

Dogwood berries against the sky

There’s a clutch of pagoda dogwood along Taft Road that have been beckoning my to take some photos. The dark purple-black berries on their bright red stems contrast so well with the green foliage. A shallow depth of field allows for some ethereal bokeh of the blue sky beyond.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/5, 1/640″ exposure.

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