John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




A close look at a daffodil

Our daffodils have finally decided that it’s safe to bloom. We have several plantings of various colors around our property along with some volunteers that have popped up here and there amongst what becomes the “tall grass” of our front field where they’re beginning to naturalize. A close-in view of the business bits of this blossom clearly shows the central stigma and the pollen coated anthers.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/8, 1/200″ exposure.

Tamarack Buds & Cones

New tamarack buds and cones

The two tamarack trees we have in our front field are budding profusely right now. As the only deciduous conifer native to Vermont, tamaracks lose their needles every fall and regrow them each spring. You can also see new cones emerging. These will take a season to mature. This particular tree also has quite a few mature cones from last season.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Chilly Blood Root

Reluctant blood root down along Fargo Brook

I’ve been keeping my eye on our patch of blood root down along Fargo Brook as the spring progresses (in fits and starts as the case may be…) The snow and cold hasn’t been much help. The blossoms are up but are very reluctant to open even when the temperature approached 50f yesterday afternoon.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/800″ exposure.

Yellow Violet

A yellow violet blossom on the Camel’s Hump Nordic ski trails

Spring ephemerals continue to blossom up here in north-central Vermont despite yesterday’s snowfall! This yellow violet blossom was blooming in the rich woodland soils up along one of Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center trails.

Sony A7II, Sony 90mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Glory Blue

Morning glory blue

The morning glories that Robin planted in window boxes by our back patio seem to be slow and somewhat reluctant bloomers this season. However, what they lack in enthusiasm, they make up for in beauty…

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/5000″ exposure.


Morning dew

Tiny dew droplets catch the morning sun

Tiny dew droplets sparkle in the morning sun in this very close look at a blade of grass. The “large” central drop is perhaps on millimeter in diameter.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/8, 1/250″ exposure.


Morning dew on sensitive fern

Morning dew forms perfect beads of water on the tip of a sensitive fern leaf.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/16, 1/500″ exposure.

Red Trillium

Red trillium blooming along Taft Road

Red trillium (also known as wake-robin) is blooming along Taft Road. This wine colored three-petaled flower is a real eye-catcher against the forest floor this time of year.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro, ISO 1250, f/10, 1/160″ exposure


Dried ferns frosted along Fargo Brook

Moist air from open water combine with below zero temperatures to create fine frost crystals on dried ferns along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/100″ exposure.

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