Hey, everyone. Those who have followed by blog over the years probably know I have an affection for full moons. I’ve tried, in vain, to capture the perfect “moon shot” with my digital camera. Sadly, I don’t have a strong enough lens to do it justice, but I still try.
I think the fascination with the night skies is a family thing. My brother once hiked through Grand Canyon by the light of the full August moon.
This weekend is the Harvest Moon, or the full moon occurring closest to the autumn equinox. It can happen in either September or October, depending on the lunar cycle. The Full Harvest Moon rises soon after sunset, providing plenty of bright light for farmers to harvest their crops.
Native Americans have names for each of the full moons. These names can vary, depending upon the location of the tribe. For instance, those in the Pacific Northwest often refer to the full July moon as the Salmon Moon, while other tribes call it the Buck Moon or Thunder Moon.
The September full moon is well-known for its luminosity and brilliance. Some Native American tribes referred to it as the “Big Moon.”
Full moons have played a significant role in the development of my stories. Many years before I penned the first words of Unseen Motives, I stood on my deck one evening and watched the full September moon rise. I thought, “This is the last moon of summer.”
An idea sprang to mind, so I went inside and began jotting it down. A woman lives with her husband on a lake. She’s outside one night and sees something strange on the opposite shore.
While there is little that remains of my original idea, that was the birth of my first novel. Don’t be surprised if full moons play a role in future works.
But this weekend, weather permitting, I’ll go outside to watch the rising of the Harvest Moon. I may even take a few photos.
And now, I’ll leave you with a video by Neil Young.