John Hadden Photography

Photography of the Natural World



Pan Ice

Discs of pan ice forming on Cobb Brook

Robin & I took a short hike up Cobb Brook yesterday afternoon. I was confident that we’d find some interesting ice formations among the stream’s numerous falls and cascades. We were not disappointed. The hilight was finding these ice discs or ice pans floating in the pool beneath one of the larger falls. These discs form as ice accumulates in slow moving eddy currents. The discs ranged in size here from around 16″ to over 3 feet.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 800, f/8, 1/25″ exposure.

Hemlock Falls

Water cascades over rock shelves under a hemlock canopy

There’s an unnamed brook that cascades down from Taft Road to the Huntington River. There are a series of small waterfalls and cascades along it all under the cover of a mature hemlock forest. This falls had no name so I took the liberty of dubbing it “Hemlock Falls”.

While scoping the site for the best angle, I noticed the tiny mushrooms growing on a hemlock trunk. I framed the shot and cranked down the aperture to get everything in focus. The lighting was tricky for this shot as well. It was just past midday on a partly cloudy day, and a hole in the dense canopy was allowing sunlight to fall directly on the water and right side of the scene. I had to wait for clouds to cover the sun to get any kind of worthwhile shot.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 14mm, ISO 100, f/22, 2″ exposure.

Warren Falls

The pools at Warren Falls

A little something to take your mind off “things”. A view of Warren Falls yesterday afternoon.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 100, f/22, 5″ 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.

Café au Lait

Heavy rains on Sunday filled Fargo Brook with muddy, café au last colored water. Here’s a brief study of flowing water at slow-ish shutter speeds (Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens at various lengths, ISO 200, various apertures, 1/15″ exposures.)


Cobb Brook in low water
Cobb Brook in low water

I’ve been getting to know a new camera and putting it through its paces on some of my favorite subjects. This shot of Cobb Brook in low water seems to indicate that the camera might be a keeper…

Here are a couple more:

The deep pool on Cobb Brook
The deep pool on Cobb Brook
Water slides over a mossy bed
Water slides over a mossy bed

Panasonic Lumix GM5, 12-32mm lens @ 27mm, ISO 200, f/20, 2.5″ exposure

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