John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Young Beech Leaves

Young beech leaves

Beech leaves are popping out right now. I’ve often photographed fall beech leaves with their coppery hue and late winter marcescent leaves of papery tan fading to ghostly white, but I’ve never shot a fresh, new leaf as it emerged. The fine hairs on the surface remind me of a baby’s skin!

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.


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


Colorful leaves swirl in a small pool

A long shutter exposure yields colorful results as leaves swirl slowly in a small pool near the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 16mm, ISO 100, f/16, 8″ exposure.


Layers of reflection in the still waters of Fargo Brook

Fargo Brook is about as low as I’ve ever seen it in the 30 years we’ve lived here—down to a wee trickle in places but managing to flow. The still water in side pools allows for some interesting “diving” into layers of water, leaves, and reflections.


Last fall’s maple leaf emerging from the ice

The ice along the edges of our pond is slowly receding. This maple leaf from last fall emerges…

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 400, f/10, 1/200″ exposure

Lining up

Raindrops bead on a red maple leaf in our front field
Raindrops bead on a red maple leaf in our front field

The frequent rains have provided ample opportunity to study raindrops. The line up of droplets on the stem of this red maple leaf caught my eye from a distance and drew me right in.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/2500″ exposure.


A red oak leaf in new fallen snow
A red oak leaf in new fallen snow

The red oak in our front yard still has plenty of leaves to contribute to the winter still life. They leathery copper color contrasts brilliantly with the new fallen snow.


A maple leaf curls in the morning sun
A maple leaf curls in the morning sun

Fall is on its way. This maple leaf was on a broken branch along the road and backlit by the morning sun. I like the way the leaf’s veins are visible.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/400″ exposure. 

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