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.
- My Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson
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.