John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World




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



The purple magnolia in my Mom’s front yard is in magnificent bloom. The movers came today to take her stuff to her new apartment. All’s well if not a tad bittersweet. Transistions…

Spring Ephemerals

We went for a short hike up Mt. Hunger in Waterbury today (dutifully turning around at the “Trail Closed” sign above the waterfall…) I’d thought that, after being away from the Vermont woods for a month, that we’d missed the spring ephemerals. Not so! The trail up the mountain was alive with all the “usual suspects”! In places, the spring beauties covered the forest floor, and their fragrance sweetened the air! What a fine welcome back to the hills of Vermont!

Panasonic GM5, 12-32mm lens @ various lengths, various ISOs, apertures, and shutter speeds.


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

Bluebirds are back!

A pair of bluebirds inspect one of the boxes in our front field

The bluebirds are back! I was enjoying today’s warmth working in my “front office” (on the front porch) when I heard the distinctive burble of a bluebird. Grabbing my camera and long lens, I didn’t have to wait long before this pair came around to inspect one of the boxes we have in our front field. Hopefully they’ll stick around for the season!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 100-300mm lens @ 300mm, ISO 800, f/9, 1/400″ exposure.

Song Sparrow

A song sparrow cuts loose in our front field
A song sparrow cuts loose in our front field

I spent some time stalking this song sparrow yesterday morning as he hopped about in the sumac in part of our front field. He didn’t seem too bothered by my presence, allowing me to get in fairly close as he hopped from branch to branch pausing to loose is lovely song.

Nikon D600, Sigma 120-400mm lens @ 400mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/1250″ exposure.

Willow Burst

Willows bursting in a nearby wetland
Willows bursting in a nearby wetland

This variety of willow (that I’m not entirely sure of…) is one of my favorite early spring “poppers”. Its tight catkins burst into fireworks-like explosions of fuzzy yellow wonderfulness.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 120mm, ISO 640, f/14, 1/320″ exposure.

Bursting out

Willow buds and raindrops
Willow buds and raindrops

The willows along our neighbor’s fenceline are popping! I caught this trio in between rain showers this afternoon.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm lens, ISO 1600, f/13, 1/500″ exposure

Middle of a stream

Spring runoff in Fargo Brook
Spring runoff in Fargo Brook

The water is running in Fargo Brook as the snow melts at higher elevations. A slow shutter speed captures some interesting textures.

Nikon D600, Nikon 24-120mm lens @ 70mm, circular polarizer, ISO 50, f/9, 1/10″ exposure

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