After what has been another cloudy month with little or no viewing of the moon, it was only on its final days that I manged to capture the February Full Moon. This is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon by the native tribes of the north and east because of the usually heavy snow falls in February, but for me the name some American tribes referred to this Moon that I like the most is The Hunger Moon, namely because of the harsh weather conditions in their area that made hunting very difficult
These are just two of the Full Moon Names for February, but as you can see from below the list goes on…
- Colonial American Trapper’s Moon
- Chinese Budding Moon
- American Indian (Cherokee) Bone Moon
- American Indian (Choctaw) Little Famine Moon
- American Indian (Dakota Sioux) Moon of the Raccoon, Moon When Trees Pop
- Celtic Moon of Ice
- English Medieval Storm Moon
- Neo Pagan Snow Moon
- Micmac people in eastern Canada Snow-blinding Moon
- San Ildefonso of the Southwest Wind Moon
- Kutenai of the Northwest Blackbear Moon
February full moon can assume any number of different names, and the list could go on and on the further I dig into the history of Full Moon Names, maybe I’ll show more when the Storm Moon of March 2013 appears… or as some call it The Death Moon
23 thoughts on “The Hunger Moon”
That is spectacular and somehow seems to calm the nasty case of full-moonitis that hit with a vengeance this morning… that too shall wane!
What kind of telescope do you have?
All with a camera my friend 🙂
Now that is amazing!
I have always loved the many ways that humans have had to interact with the moon and I am fascinated by the names that you mention, and others, used by Native Americans to define the full moon. Thank you.
Thanks, it fascinates the diversity in which cultures name and interprets the moon
Beautiful- I saw it yesterday when the sky was still blue- it was very unusual!
It was a crystal clear moon to capture
Lovely photo, and great post Carl. I was out briefly earlier this evening, playing with camera settings to try and capture this harsh full moon, but got nothing as good as this 🙂 you’ve inspired me with all those names…..
Thanks, I always find a fast shutter speed captures it good 1:400 usually, shame I didn’t review my text in the same way before posting…all corrected now hopefully 😉
Lol…we can’t get everything right 🙂
Nice capture. It certainly was a beautiful moon this morning here in Colorado. It was hanging full and a slight orange over the Rockies right before sunrise 🙂
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Great photo, Carl. Thanks for the moon info.
I just love to stare at moon… Beautiful photo!
Carl, This is a very interesting post with the information about the symbolism of the February full moon. Full moons certainly exercise the human imagination.
This is perfection!
You had much clearer skies than we did here in San Antonio.
It was only a fleeting moment I was able to capture it, plus it was cloudy all the previous week as well… Looks like it’s going to be a crystal clear night at last
You’re fortunate then, we’ve had crazy-cloudy evenings! Late night, however, I stepped out for a hopeful glimpse of an ISS passover, and just as I was about to give up I caught a sighting through the clouds…only for a couple of seconds, but I think that it was so brief made it even more exciting!
You made such an interesting report with this photo and all related to our satellite!
Thank you for the share!
The full snow moon gleaming orange over Lake Superior was absolutely stunning! ~ Kat
Sounds like a perfectly stunning place to witness it 🙂