John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Hex Diamonds

Hexagonal plate ice crystals form between warm and cold air

Bundling up and marching off into the snow when it’s below zero has its rewards. These tiny and delicate hexagonal plate ice crystals formed along the bank of Fargo Brook where stream undercutting has exposed bare soils to the frigid air. When damp warmth filtering out of the ground meets the air the crystals form. These crystals were only a few millimeters wide so getting in close with a macro lens was necessary.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Bejeweled needles

Frost crystals bejewel tamarack needles after yesterday morning's hard freeze
Frost crystals bejewel tamarack needles after yesterday morning’s hard freeze

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/250″ exposure

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