The Beaver Moon

When I was leaving for work yesterday morning, the moon hung very low, kind of odd that it was still visible, and I turned to look at the opposite direction, sure enough the sun was rising.

This moon made me think of the Harvest Moon that I wrote about 2 years ago, but that was the moon in September and it’s called the Harvest Moon, I learned then that there are names for the 12 months full moon.  The names date back to the Native Americans in the eastern and northern parts of North America, and the European settlers quickly adopted the Moon names used by the Native American groups, and most people today are still referring to the full moon by its name such as Wolf Moon in January, Snow Moon in February, Worm Moon in March, Pink Moon in April, Flower Moon in May, Strawberry Moon in June, Buck Moon in July, Sturgeon Moon in August, Harvest Moon in September, Hunter’s Moon in October, Beaver Moon in November, and Cold Moon in December.

November is the Beaver Moon, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon, you can read more about other months here.

Since the time change, I go home in the dark now, the full moon is orange looking, and again this made me think of the Harvest Moon.

A Christmas tree along side of the road. It appears as if I took this picture while the car was moving, but I’m actually not driving, and stood in front of the tree.  I think night shot adds visual interest to the photo.

This one is more realistic looking of the Christmas lights.


  1. I never knew about the different names for each month. I do like the sound of Pink Moon and Flower Moon. But Harvest Moon is my favorite. Just like this song by Neil Young – “Harvest Moon

    Full moon makes me feel a bit nostalgic. And your photo of the moon here gives me the same feeling. It’s a beautiful image.

    • Hi Cambree, I really have to pay more attention to the full moon now and curious as to what the other months look like. Thanks to the link to the song, this made me think of the Harvest Moon in Thailand when I was little. They’d have a Harvest party where everyone would gather to help with the harvested rice grains, one time my older sister woke me up and we snugged down to eat the food, and by morning I couldn’t remember anything, my sister told me all that I ate, I’m sure the food was good. 🙂

  2. Those are some great night shots. I really like the blurred Christmas lights one. I love when pictures blur lights together because of the length the exposure.

    • Hi Maggie, it was a long exposure, I think it’d have came out better if I used a tripod, my hand was not very steady whilst taking this picture. Photography image is so subjective, I’m glad to hear that you like it.

  3. Nice pics and enjoyed reading your commentary.

    What I find interesting is that in Asia, when people look at the moon they see a “rabbit” in the moon while in North America, people see a “man” in the moon.

    • Jeffrey, when I was little in Laos I was told about the story of the three branches Bodhi tree in the moon, I think that’s what it looks like when I look at the moon. Then when we moved to Thailand, I recalled that the Thais have a story of the rabbit gazing or admiring the moon, I’m not sure if it’s admiring its beauty or seeing another rabbit up there. I think it‘s interesting to hear the moon myth.

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