Happy Moon Monday! What the hezmana is that, you say? Well since June of this year, I’ve been sharing some of my moon pictures and it’s always on Mondays! Today I have 26 brand new shots that I took last night of the Full Hunter’s Moon.
I realized when I was putting this post together that I haven’t done a Moon Monday since the last Full moon. Mostly because things have been rather hectic offline, but also because I wasn’t feeling terribly inspired to search through old pictures. However at the moment, thanks to the 124 shots I snagged last night, I now have another 26 captures ready to go for next week!
So, what is a Hunter’s moon anyway? Here’s an awesome explanation from a somewhat local (since Dublin NH isn’t too far from my home) publication, The Old Farmer’s Almanac –
Most of our monthly full Moon names come from Native American and early American folklore, and were originally used to mark the progression of the seasons. Interestingly, the Full Hunter’s Moon is one of only two full Moon names that is not tied to a specific month.
Instead, the Hunter’s Moon relates directly to the Harvest Moon. The first full Moon to occur after the Harvest Moon (which is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox) takes on the mantle of “Hunter’s Moon,” which means that the Full Hunter’s Moon may occur in either October or November, depending on when the Harvest Moon is!
Some folks believe that this full Moon was called the Full Hunter’s Moon because it signaled the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. Since the harvesters had recently reaped the fields under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily see the fattened deer and other animals that had come out to glean (and the foxes and wolves that had come out to prey on them).
The earliest use of the term “Hunter’s Moon” cited in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1710. Some sources suggest that other names for the Hunter’s Moon are the Sanguine or Blood Moon, either associated with the blood from with hunting or the turning of the leaves in autumn. Some Native American tribes, who tied the full Moon names to the season’s activities, called the full Moon the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”
Oh, and for the record, the only editing I did to these was reducing the size of each. The difference in color and such are from changing the exposure as I was shooting, not from filtering after the fact. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – just wanted to clarify, in case anyone was wondering.
Last thing – this are in the order I shot them in, starting at around 9:30pm, in my Durham NH yard. Some of the captures are somewhat similar, with only a difference in exposure or distance. In past posts, I used to go through and only pick one from a series of four or five shots, but I had a really tough time narrowing it down this time around (which is why I ended up with 52 shots I wanted to post…lol!). I blame La Luna for putting on such an amazing show, even with the clouds and foggy night air.
Now for my shots of the Full Hunter’s Moon
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