John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Along the edge

Delicate chicory stamens dusted with pollen

A close up view of a chicory blossom reveals delicate stamens dusted with pollen.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro, ISO 800, f/8, 1/320″ exposure.

Blue Damselfly

A blue damselfly rests briefly on some bracken fern

This little blue damselfly was zipping about in the bracken ferns along Delfrate Road as I walked the other day. The shade of blue is quite striking to my eye!

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 1600, f/10, 1/250″ exposure


A solitary bee dusted with cinquefoil pollen

This little solitary bee was diligently gathering pollen on a rough-fruited cinquefoil blossom in our front field. I love the detail revealed at the center of the flower.

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


A crab spider awaits its prey on a black-eyed Susan

On a walk this afternoon, I saw several black-eyed Susans with a crab spiders lurking amongst their petals. When I got in close, however, the wily spiders would duck under the petals. This spider, however, was more than happy to pose for me as I rattled off many frames.

This is the first time out for a new lens—an Olympus 60mm, f/2.8 macro. I think it’s a keeper!

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

Chicory blue

Chicory blooming along East Street

Chicory—a true flower of summer—is blooming along East Street. This unidentified butterfly was enjoying the nectar and paid very little attention to me as I snapped several photos.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 500, f/6.3, 1/1300″ exposure.

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth

A hummingbird clearwing moth at one of our azaleas

Hummingbird moths are wonderfully surprising insects. The first time I saw one many years ago, I had no idea what I was looking at. It moved like a hummingbird, but obviously wasn’t one. Nor was it a large bumble bee. There are two varieties of hummingbird moth common to North America—the Snowberry Clearwing and the Hummingbird Clearwing (pictured above). The reddish coloration is a clear indication of the latter. This little guy was quite busy at the azalea blooming by our kitchen window.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 61mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/2000″ exposure.


A poppy in bloom in our back garden

The poppies are popping in full bloom in our back garden.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 24-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000″ 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

Waiting for the wind

Milkweed seeds wait for the wind to carry them
Milkweed seeds wait for the wind to carry them

In this closer look at the milkweed pod I posted the other day, the silk bedecked seeds seem to be peeking out of their pod in anticipation of wind disbursing them.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/8, 1/125″ exposure.

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