According to almanac.com:

Some Native American tribes called the August Moon the “Sturgeon Moon” because they knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this Full Moon. They also called August’s Moon the “Full Green Corn Moon.”

Different tribes had different Moon name preferences. Other examples for August are: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakota Sioux), and ”Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).

 

A full moon occurs each month when the Earth lines up between the moon and the Sun, giving the people on Earth a bright and vivid moon fully illuminated by the sun.  In addition this coincided yesterday with a partial lunar eclipse, where the Earth blocked the sun’s light from the moon on the same day, that was visible almost everywhere except North America.  Later this month, the “new” moon, which is when little or no light is reflected from the sun because the moon is between the Earth and the sun, will align to give us a total Solar eclipse that will travel from the west coast to the east coast of America.

My learning curve with the new camera continued last night as I decided to try to shoot the full moon.  We have had clouds for days, but last night it was forecast to clear off.

A little while after moonrise I decided to go out and see if things were clear enough to maybe get some shots.  Because of the trees around our area, I don’t have a great view of the moon as it rises and normally I have to wait until it is 15-20 degrees above the horizon before it begins clearing the trees.

I could see an almost golden glow through some of the trees, so I walked up and down the street trying to decide the best vantage point to capture the moon as it rose through the trees.  Unfortunately I couldn’t really find anyplace that felt right.  I went back into the house and decided to see what the view looked like out the back bedroom window, and the moon was just peeking up between two trees, but the clouds were laying in layers still in the east.  So I started playing with the camera.  I found it interesting how the color changed as it came up and slid in and out of the clouds.

I was having a lot of focus problems, between the angle I was shooting out the window and the camera acting finicky.  It turns out the 6d does not like to auto-focus when using an extender, but if you auto-focus using the live view mode it does work.  Unfortunately that meant the first half of my shots were all out of focus, my manual focusing was suffering from trying to peer through my glasses at an awkward angle through the viewfinder, not a good working solution.

But I got this shot as the moon was rising between two trees and under a cloud layer, so the top is hidden by the clouds and the sides were framed by the leaves if you look carefully.

The moon rising under the clouds

The moon rising under the clouds

Then as the the clouds were shifting, I decided to play with the clouds being lit from behind by the moon and the layering effect I was seeing.

Behind the clouds

Behind the clouds

Then a little bit later, the moon was sliding behinds bands of clouds as it continued to rise.

Bands of clouds

Bands of clouds

I decided to call it and went back out to sit with Mama Bear, but later as we were talking about heading for bed I decided to see if the skies had finally cleared.  I went out front and there was the moon, there were some wispy clouds floating across fairly quickly and patches of clear sky so I decided to go grab the camera, lenses and tripod.

I took quite a few shots last night, playing with the focus and exposure settings to see what would come of my playing around, but the best I felt was a nice clear shot of the full moon, no clouds and nothing to detract from the brilliance of the features of the moons face.  One thing to note, when the moon is full, sometimes details seem to get lost, it appears almost 2 dimensional.  The reason for this is that when the light is straight on, the shadows that create such beautiful definition at other times are not there, so the craters can appear to be almost flat.  But I still find it to be riveting…

The August full moon

The August full moon

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