Lessons About Blue Moons

Have you heard?

This month is a “blue moon” month; there are two full moons occuring within the calendar month.

Last night, Motor Man and I spotted what I thought was the first full moon of the month as we ran an errand just after sunset.

(The errand was to go to Dollar General to stock up on bread for the swans. It’s on sale there for $1.00 per loaf. I had forgotten to stop earlier in the day, and Bride and Groom ate the last slice we had while I was taking sunset photos.)

As I downloaded my pictures last night, I was thinking of today’s blog post about the full moon – complete with photos.

Then I decided it would be wise to check on the actual date of the full moon – just to be sure. And I discovered that the full moon is TONIGHT, not last night.

Writing this blog is sometimes an educational experience. I’d always heard that “blue moon” refers to the second full moon within a calendar month. But, in doing research for this post, I learned that an older definition of the term was the third full moon in a season that had four full moons. It’s very complicated, and if you’d like the entire explanation, here’s a link:  http://www.infoplease.com/spot/bluemoon1.html/

Science is such a challenge. I’ll just stick to trying to get pictures of the moon: blue or otherwise.

16 responses to “Lessons About Blue Moons

  1. How gorgeous! I love that the overall effect of each picture has a blue tinge thanks to the sky reflection; both photos are spectacular but I especially like the second one…..I also can’t help but hum the old tune “Blue Moon” while I stare at that moon in the pix!

    Pam and Sam

  2. The moon sure looked like a FULL moon, didn’t it? Now you can get pictures of a REAL full moon tonight. Interesting about the ‘blue moon’ facts!

  3. Well, at least I didn’t miss it! Thanks for the heads up! Love those shots…the moonbeam on the water is beautiful!

  4. Thank you!! I like the pictures of the sky, and especially moon, but I had no clue about a month of “blue moon”. Your pictures are very beautiful!

  5. Oh my…I’m with you, it is complicated. Perhaps my daughter the science teacher can explain it to me.
    I do learn from your site…I’ve always heard the expression but didn’t know what it meant. Love filling in the gaps small and large.

  6. Full or not, it is stunning. The colors are wonderful…so peaceful and serene. Love it.

  7. Beautiful! Where did you take these photos? Not your usual place. I guess I missed the full moon by one night too!

  8. Dianna, I too was outside last night on the deck w/my tripod trying to get decent pic’s of the moon coming up over the trees in the front pasture….I thought it was the full moon as well. I’m glad I had last night for practice as those shots didn’t turn out as I had hoped and I will (hopefully) have another chance tonight!
    Love your moon over the water and thanks for the Blue Moon education!
    ~d.

  9. well, i thought last night’s moon was full, too. actually, my calendar says aug 1st was it!

  10. I couldn’t help but notice how bright and clear everything was last night, and the moon looked full. I intended to check the calendar, but forgot. Thanks for clearing that up for me!

  11. Pretty, pretty pictures! Our full moon wasn’t so bright because of hazy clouds; however, it did give enough light for us to do our late evening feeding.

  12. Well, I’ll definitely be checking it out later this evening … & it looks like you’re starting to get the hang of nighttime pics !!

  13. Beautiful shot:) Sending a sweet scratch to Sundae Girl:) from Minnie and I…tonight I will be out taking pictures too and will enjoy the beauty of the moon:)

  14. Beautiful photos. I’m with you on what I thought was a blue moon. That’s interesting to learn what it really is…

    Now I just have to say this for nostalgia’s sake:
    I wonder if a baby Smurf was born. 😉

  15. Last picture is a stunner Dianna!

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Blue moon or not these picures are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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