October 28, 2010

The Peak of Autumn and The Hunter's Moon

I know how much you all enjoy seeing photo tours of the farm, so I’m including one more extraordinary autumn display.  I’m kind of surprised how great the fall colors have been this year after having very little rain all summer long.  Towards the end of this blog you will see the full moon rising.  I recalled that this October moon is called the Full Hunter's Moon and I thought you might be interested in reading a bit about the moon’s various monikers.

Each month, the full moon has a different name.  These names can be traced back to the Native Americans, who lived in the Northern and Eastern United States.  As a way of keeping track of the seasons, they named each passing full moon for specific events occurring at that time in nature. There are variations on those names, but here are the ones most commonly used.  The name for January’s full moon is the Wolf Moon, for the hungry packs of wolves howling during deep winter.  February’s is the Full Snow Moon for the month of heaviest snow.  March is the Full Worm Moon for the earthworms that emerged from the thawing ground.

There’s the Full Pink Moon of April after the blooming wild ground phlox.  May is Full Flower Moon for the abundance of flowers everywhere.  June is called Full Strawberry moon for the sweet ripe berries, followed by The Full Buck Moon of July, when male deer grow new antlers.  Fishing was good in August, thus, The Full Sturgeon Moon.   The full Moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the Full Harvest Moon, usually September, but sometimes October.  This is followed by the Full Hunter’s Moon, a time to hunt, and finally, the Full Beaver’s moon, a time to set traps.