John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




Emerging rows of corn along Shaker Mountain Road

Yesterday’s breaking clouds allowed for splashes of sunshine across the emerging corn rows along Shaker Mountain Road. Following the rise and fall of the land, the rows remind me of topographical lines on a map.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @  34mm, ISO 400, f/18, 1/400″ exposure.

Camel’s Hump Black & White

Camel’s Hump in black & white

A friend challenged me to black & white photo thingy on the facebooks, so I obliged. Interestingly, this time of year (November…) it’s kind of hard to find much color in the world, so black and white landscapes work!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 115mm, ISO 800, f/11, 1/1300″ exposure.

Plaza Blanca

While visiting New Mexico recently, our intrepid host took us to a favorite hiking location—Plaza Blanca in Abiquiu. Abiquiu is where Georgia O’Keefe had her studio and painted much of her later work, including “From The White Place” featuring Plaza Blanca. The layered white sandstone hoodoos tower, and eroded volcanic boulders litter the landscape. Interestingly, the property is owned by the Dar Al Islam Education Center and Mosque which is nearby.

Smokey Mountain Sunset

Sunlight drains from the sky over the Great Smokey Mountains

We spent a few days in the Smokey Mountains on our way back north. Watching the colors drain from the sky over the layered ridges was quite the treat!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/40″ exposure

Bluebird day…

Looking north towards Mt. Mansfield from the summit of Camel’s Hump

It was a fine morning to climb the Hump today. Although there was very little snow in the woods even up at the ridge meadow, traction aids were a must as the trail is still pretty much ice covered above 2500′.

Going up the icy trail!

In the woods

A little experimentation with motion blur in the Audubon Nature Center woods this morning…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ various lengths, ISO 100, f/22, 0.2″ exposures.


Iced magnolia buds yesterday morning

The season of wacky winter weather continues. Yesterday morning’s icing event coated our backyard magnolia (and everything else) in a good layer of ice before the south winds drove the temperature up to 51 by mid afternoon.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.

Open Water

Calm, open water at Shelburne beach

We went down to Shelburne yesterday to check out an interesting exhibit of rug-hooked renderings of Tarot cards at the All Souls Interfaith center (highly recommended!) Afterwards we drove down to the Shelburne town beach to catch the view. As one might expect from this winter, the lake was wide open. I liked the way the slips of ice had covered the rocks in the foreground.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 400, f/14, 1/100″ exposure.

Wind Gap snowfall

Wind Gap broods beneath low clouds and early season snow
Wind Gap broods beneath low clouds and early season snow

Back to the season at hand… Yesterday afternoon offered some interesting shooting opportunities with low, brooding clouds and intermittent bursts of sunshine. This view up Camel’s Hump Road towards Bald Hill and Wind Gap conveys the mood of the day’s high elevation snowfall.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 24mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/125″ exposure.

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