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12 Moons of 2014

Moon Photography is quite a passion of mine, as anyone who follows this blog, my Twitter or Instagram feed will know quite well, to the extent it’s quite a fetish. For my one and only Moon blog of 2014 I thought I’d share my favourite shots of 2014, but this wasn’t an easy task to whittle down them down from 25 to 12, the last 18 where all worthy participants of this post, but I’ve ruthlessly got my final selection ready… Enjoy

No:1 | Double Crescent

The first visible moon of 2014 was quite a special one, a Double Crescent, as you see Venus in the lower right also in crescent, and a shot that was quickly sinking into the horizon and clouds.

No:2 | Triple Conjunction

There was a lot of Twitter chatter about this conjunction of the Moon with Venus and Mercury, and for this pre-dawn occurrence, I think I set off at 4:00 to set up in my favourite dark sky field, although I wasn’t alone in this pitch black field that morning, it was full of cows and their steaming leftovers. Luckily my head torch seemed to keep them away from me thankfully, although my phone going off at about 5:00 did cause a stir amongst them, it was ❤️Wifey panicking that I wasn’t laid beside her in bed, and who seemed quite bemused that I was in a Cows field in the dark. The conjunction didn’t disappoint when it appeared.

No:3 | Eye of the Moon


A cold cloudy evening mixed with full moon can cause some magical colours emanating through the clouds if you capture it through a gap, this one looks like a beady eye, even better when duplicate and flip it… Scary!!

No:4 | Saturn Conjunction

The Saturn Conjunction was captured whilst sat a beach bar in Spain listening to some live music, I had a pocket tripod perched on the table to get this, although there is some slight movement in the shot.

No:5 | EarthShine Moon

Generally a dawn or dusk shot, and I’ve taken quite a few, but I love the colours this one captured.

No:6 | Moon Jet


One of favourite moon shots to capture if a jet plane streaking across it, until last year it was a bucket list shot and you can see the results of my first capture in my Moon Jet Blog.

No:7 | Nebula Moon

I loved how this almost looked like the Rose Nebula as the colours vignette through clouds.

No:8 | Early Bird Moon

The early bird catches the moon, timing is everything for this kind of shot, or pure fluke if you’re me 🙂

No:9 | Storm Moon

The moon was quite absent from the night sky the weeks prior to getting this shot, which summed up the mood of the prior storms.

No:10 | Fire Moon

A tyre dump was on fire the east of Leeds, it provided quite an atmospheric backdrop the that nights full moon.

No:11 | Hunters Moon

The Hunters Moon that I captured on the 8th of October was named by the Native Americans for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer is looking plump, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead. Because the fields were traditionally harvested in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that came out to grace on the fallen grains. It’s also know as the Harvest Moon and historically accorded with the special honour associated as the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, and marking the start of the feast day of Harvest Festival, traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon.

No:12 | Mountain Moon

And finally, one my photography bucket list shots to capture was a full moon rising over a mountain, so with a bit of planning I caught the final Supermoon rising over the mountains over Mazarrón Bay in Southern Spain.

A little video to end with of No:4 | Moon Jet

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Beaver Moon

UPDATED IMAGE : The Moon & Jupiter with 3 Galilean Moons 

The Moon & Jupiter with 3 of her Galilean Moons 28.11.12 [Click to Enlarge]
The Beaver Moon 27 - 28th November 2012 ©Carl Milner MilnersBlog 1
The Beaver Moon

The Beaver Moon according to North American folklore, is the first full moon in November, which for us in the England is the 27-28th of November, and although there was plenty of cloud cover the moon did manage to make an appearance this month, something we missed when it’s closely related Hunters Moon was supposed to appear in October. The Beaver moon can also be called the Frost moon or the Frosty Moon, both of which I prefer.

The Beaver Moon 27 - 28th November 2012 ©Carl Milner MilnersBlog 1
Eye of the Moon

My other Moon related blogs Super Moon | Shark Moon | Moon Olympics | Harvest Moon

The History of Beaver Moon

Two reasons are given for the coupling of the November moon with the flat-tailed aquatic animal: November is a month when many hunters used to set leghold traps for beaver,and November is a month when many beaver families are especially active in rebuilding their beaver lodges and dams. Much of the mammals’ building and repair work takes place by moonlight, because the beaver is primarily nocturnal. Both explanations implicate November’s position as the last full month before the coming of winter, as beaver (which do not hibernate) need to have ready access to food during the cold months, and need to grow an especially lush pelt of fur so as to be prepared. By the traditional valuation standards of the fur trade, a late-fall beaver pelt was worth more than a pelt harvested during other seasons of the year. 

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Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon, arguably the most famous Full Moon of the year, arrived on Saturday the 29th of September this year over Leeds, this full moon is the closest to the autumnal equinox (Sept 22nd) for us in the Northern Hemisphere, and for me signals the true onset of winter, a time of year I really enjoy.The Harvest Moon over the UK 29th September 2012
My shot of the Leeds Harvest Moon 29th September 2012 [Click to Enlarge]

Watch out for the next Full Moon on October 29th, It’s called the Hunter’s Moon!

The August Full Moon

The August Full Moon 2012
The August full moon has many names, in Colonial America it’s the Dog Day’s Moon, in China its the Harvest Moon, Native American Indian’s (Cherokee) called it the Fruit Moon (Choctaw) called it Women’s Moon and (Dakota Sioux) said its was the ‘Moon When All Things Ripen‘. The English Celtic name is the Dispute Moon, whereas Medieval England named it the Corn Moon, but Neo Pagan named it the best for me the Lightening Moon.
The August Full Moon 2012 Corn Moon