February's Snow Moon

February 23, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The full moon in February is often called the "snow" or "hunger" moon. According to the Farmers' Almanac, full moon names date back to Native Americans in the northern and eastern U.S. Tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon and their names were applied to the entire month in which it occurred. February tends to be the snowiest month, unless you live here in South Florida. Thus, February's full moon is dubbed the "snow" moon. The Almanac also reports that some tribes called it a "hunger" moon, since weather conditions often made hunting difficult.

About once every 19 years, February has no full moon. The lunar cycle is about 29 days, thus the years with only a 28-day month sometimes misses out on a full moon.

​I saw the moon rising as I was picking my daughter up after her track meet. It sure looked huge! As soon as we got home I ran inside for my camera, but was too lazy to bring out my tripod. Both of these are hand held shots. I love the first shot before it cleared the trees. Honestly, I think last night was the actual night of the full moon, so I'm perhaps a day late.

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