February Full Moon

The February full moon was also referred to as the Snow Moon by Native Americans because the winter snowfall was the heaviest during the month of February.

Other tribes also referred to February’s full moon as the Hunger Moon because hunting was scarce during the late winter months.

Although we can get snow, this year and the previous few years, snow has been very scarce on the Island. Those who did see some snow were in areas where ‘lake effect’ snow fell as a result of perfect weather conditions setting up north, and the two lakes – Campbell and Pass Lakes – just north of us, influencing that precipitation. It didn’t stay long at all, either.

Full moons affect my sleep. I don’t sleep well at all, so since I’m not tethered to a set schedule, I capitalized on the opportunity and grabbed my cameras. If I can’t sleep, work with it!

At about 2:30 a.m., I drove down to my favorite little boat ramp, just a half mile down the hill from me and shot these images:

It was pretty cold at the time; about 34 degrees, so I went back home to wait for the setting of the moon. But, I couldn’t put my camera down, and went outside to shoot a few images of the moon through bare tree branches and with evergreen boughs framing it. Basically, I was just playing around. I only awakened one dog next door. She recognized me and just wanted to play.

At 6:00 a.m., I grabbed my camera backpack and headed north to Coronet Bay in hopes of catching the moon setting and getting an image of it “sitting” on Deception Pass Bridge before the sunrises too high to see it. Moonset was at 7:23 a.m. and sunrise was at 7:09 a.m.

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It was a fun shoot!

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