Last night (March 1st) at 7:51pm EST, the Full Worm Moon appeared in the sky. However, while “Worm” appears to be the more popular moniker, I much prefer to call it the Full Crow Moon –
From – The Farmers’ Almanac website.
As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter.
Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t entirely cooperative – by 9pm, the sky was completely clouded over ahead of yet another lovely Nor’easter. However, I did manage about a dozen and a half decent shots beforehand.
A little bit of info about how I took these pictures – as always, I used my trusty Nikon COOLPIX P610 and handy dandy tripod (Amazon affiliate links – thanks for the pennies if you click through and order something…LOL). I used the Auto Mode setting, and the differences in color and such are due to changes in zoom and exposure. I typically bounce the exposure bias around between 0 and -2 step. Then I reduced the pictures by 1/5 (20%), et voilà – they’re ready to upload!
Oh, and I should clarify that the picture in the blog graphic isn’t from last night. It’s a composite picture I created (my first ever!) for the Crow Moon last March. To read a tiny bit about how I did it, check out my post, Crow, Moon, Aldebaran and Stars – Foto Friday March 10 2017
Blog graphics: created on Canva