July 2015 Full Moon

"Thunder Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Thunder Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

July and its first full moon are almost upon us, as tomorrow night (July 1st), at 10:22 pm Eastern, will be the moment of the full moon. Because of the time of year and the timing of this full moon, there should be multiple good photography opportunities starting tonight and going through Thursday. Tomorrow night’s moonrise at 7:48 pm will be the closest moonrise/moonset event to the actual time of the full moon.

Keen-eyed readers will have noted that I said July’s first moon above, as we’ll get a second full moon on July 31st, popularly known as a Blue Moon (the second full moon in one month). More on this as we get closer…

July’s full moon has many names, of course, including Algonquin names such as Thunder Moon (for the many thunderstorms in July), Buck Moon (for the time when young deer started sprouting antlers), and the Hay Moon (I suspect I don’t need to explain this one). In medieval England July’s full moon was the Mead Moon and the Abenaki people knew this moon as the Grass Cutter Moon.

I’ve included a few of my photographs from earlier July full moons here, and you can see my full moon project on my website.

"Buck Moon I", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buck Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Buck Moon II", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buck Moon II”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
"Buck Moon III", Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Buck Moon III”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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