Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sturgeon moon

This top photo is the full "sturgeon moon" at the end of the day Tuesday, August 28, in other words, last night.

I love the Native American names of the full moons. You can see the list of 2007 full moons and more information about why they're named as they are here. I'll at least list them for you:

January - Full Wolf Moon
February - Full Snow Moon
March - Full Worm Moon
April - Full Pink Moon
May - Full Flower Moon
May 31 this year there was a "Blue Moon" (when there is more than one full moon in a month; there are around 41 months with two full moons every century) - "Although the name suggests that to have two Full Moons in a single month is a rather rare occurrence (happening "just once in a . . . "), it actually occurs once about every three years on average."
June - Full Strawberry Moon
July - Full Buck Moon
August - Full Sturgeon Moon
September - Full Harvest Moon
October - Full Hunter's Moon
November - Full Beaver's Moon
December - Full Cold Moon

The rest of the photos are earlier, of the total lunar eclipse early yesterday morning, the same day, between 5 and 6am. (I posted three of these in a triptych on my photoblog.)

I knew the total lunar eclipse was coming, and I almost forgot to go outside to watch. But then I opened my computer to do my blogroll and emails, and my default Internet home page is, and there was a reminder to watch the total lunar eclipse on top of one of the MSU parking ramps. Thank you!

Bishop sat on my lap in the front yard while I sipped coffee and snapped away with the auto timer. How fortunate there wasn't a cloud in the sky.


lesleyanne said...

two words.
no wonder you were having so much fun with photoshop yesterday! what happened with the triptych?
thank you for sharing. i was sad that i missed it.

Ruth said...

Eeeee, Weswey! I'm glad you likey. If you click on "triptych" you can see what happened; your advice worked perfectly, my dear. You are so smart.

Yes, I was feeling guilty the rest of the day that I was distracted by my work on that stupid photo/post when we were talking on the phone. :| You are WAYYYYYYY more important than stupid PhotoShop. I'm sorry.

I love you.

Ruth said...

Was that kind of stupid to say you are more important than PhotoShop?


Just in case you had any doubts though.

It's kind of like when people say "absolutely" - you wonder if something is true, why do they have to say that?

Ginnie said...

These are ABSOLUTELY some of the best photos I've ever seen, Ruth, not only of the Full Moon but of the eclipsed moon. Un Believable!

And I LOVE reading the Native American names for the Full Moon each month. That is so cool. It makes me want to research that more, especially January's. Thanks.

lorenzothellama said...

Brilliant photos Ruth.

I wouldn't even begin to try to understand what they are doing and saying on my blog. They are all mad!

Ruth said...

Boots, hehe, you are ABSOLUTELY sweet. :D

Hmm, true, I hadn't thought about that ole Wolf Moon and you. Maybe January is special for you.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Lorenzo, I'm glad you like the pics.

I have to say that YOU confused me as much as your commenters, dear lady. Beginning with "Father Ann" I was just LEFT BEHIND, as they say. It was rather entertaining, in a mind boggling sort of way. But it's YOUR BLOG, and you get to confuse me as often and thoroughly as you wish. And I LIKE it.

Rauf said...

Ruth, moon plays an important role
in India too. I don't know of any different names, Hindus and muslims follow lunar calender. But Hindus adjust the dates every year so that the festivals fall on the same season as the last. Like Diwali Onam, where as Muslims strictly follow the lunar calender. Festivals like Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-uz zuha, fall in winter and after ten years same festivals are celeberated in summer.

Rauf said...

oh what i am saying is its not very sensible following the lunar calender. The moon may fall one day

Ruth said...

rauf, it was the same in Turkey. The important holidays followed the lunar cycle, of course, being Muslim.

At least if she falls, I won't be here to see it. I wouldn't like that.

Welcome back, rauf.

JoAnn - NL "My digital eyes" :) said...

Hi I had not a clue that moons were having their own names!!!!


:) JoAnn

freefalling said...

I LOVE the Native American names.
I will never think of full moons again as anything else!
So... if it is the Sturgeon Moon in your part of the world - it is the Full Snow Moon here!
That's kinda cool, isn't it?

Ruth said...

JoAnn, yes, and I wonder if other cultures name the moon. I am very little in tune with the lunar cycle, but something in me wants to be. It seems much more natural than the silly Gregorian calendar we use.

Ruth said...

Freefalling, yes, it is cool. I wonder if the Aborigines have names for the moon. I'll have to google that.

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