John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



“F” is for Fern

A new fern curls to suggest its first letter

The ostrich ferns are unfurling along Fargo Brook. It wasn’t until I processed this image that I realized it suggested the letter “F”

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, IOS 1250, f/4, 1/500″ exposure


An cinnamon fern unfurls itself in the woods across Fargo Brook

Simple, elegant, beautiful. An cinnamon fern slowly unfurls in the woods across Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 640, f/4, 1/640″ exposure


A close up of ferns as they head towards fall...
Ferns heading toward fall catch filtered light through the trees…

Ferns take on variegated coloration as they head towards fall.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1250, f/7.1, 1/1250″ exposure.

Looking down…

Maidenhair fern along a woodland path
Maidenhair fern along a woodland path

Maidenhair fern grows in mature hardwood forests here in Vermont, especially where lime rich soils exist. There’s one spot on a favorite trail up in the woods behind our house where they grow, and a nearby rocky outcrop of gneisses and limestone are probably the reason why. I love the gentle curving pattern of these ferns and the delicacy of their fronds. This one is showing a bit of chill damage as the temps have been dipping into the mid 30s on recent nights.

Nikon D600, Nikon 50mm lens, ISO 1250, f/1.8, 1/400″ exposure

Fern in Water

A single fern frond caught in mid-wave splash
A single fern frond caught in mid-wave splash

Morning sun backlights this single fern frond and droplets of wave splash along the shore of Indian Lake. A fast shutter speed freezes that action.

Photo Info: Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/3.2, 1/800″ shutter.

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