Full Moon Recap

This piqued my interest in the 2021 almanac last week: “June’s full Moon will reach peak illumination at 2:40 P.M. Eastern Time on June 24, but will not be visible until later that evening, when it drifts above the horizon.

I met the local naturalist during a short afternoon beach walk last Thursday. When he learned that we were fairly new to the area he suggested several places to watch the Strawberry Moon rise. We ended up just above Two Islands with the last sunset glow disappearing in the rear view mirror.

Swatting mosquitoes while trying to keep the camera still was a challenge. The moon began to crest on the horizon at 9:32 pm and was in full view by 9:40 pm. The bright orange disc soon began to change to gold. The cloud wisps were not visible until the moon had moved above the horizon adding a certain mystique.

The was the third and final of three supermoons. The Strawberry Moon was in Capricorn which followed one in Scorpio in April and a second one in May, which was in Sagittarius.

The Strawberry Moon appeared full for nearly three days this time, from early Wednesday morning until early Saturday morning. It arrived at a very important point, just after the Summer Solstice on June 21st and the start of Cancer season.

The name Strawberry Moon comes from the ripening of “June-bearing” strawberries, The Old Farmer’s Almanac says. June is a month when many summer fruits ripen and flowers bloom that are ready for people to collect.

On the way back to town we stopped by First Beach, across from the lighthouse. I love a full moon and I always feel privileged when I can capture it with my camera.

The images in the slide show were all taken with my iPhone, no filters or editing of any kind. I wanted to share them sooner but with other commitments on Friday and a long lasting negative reaction to the second vaccine dose I just managed to share them today. Sorry for the delay. I hope you still find this post of interest.

Wishing you a beautiful Tuesday with opportunities to stay out of the heat, especially if you are following this blog from Western Canada.

Best wishes, Anna

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