Every month, I look forward to seeing the full moon. I love how each full moon has its own special name and significance. The early Native Americans are the ones who gave the moons their unique names.
Below is a list of the full moon names, according to the Farmers' Almanac. You can learn more about them on the Farmers' Almanac website.
January Wolf Moon
February Snow Moon
March Worm Moon
April Pink Moon
May Flower Moon
June Strawberry Moon
July Buck Moon or Thunder Moon
August Sturgeon Moon or Red Moon
September Corn Moon or Harvest Moon
October Hunters Moon
November Beaver Moon
December Long Night's Moon or Cold Moon
The last full moon occurred on March 27, 2013. I was lucky enough to see it that day; in the early morning hours, when it was still dark out. It was so bright and beautiful. I remember calling Nuno to come see it outside our living room window before he went off to work. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it that morning and later in the evening, when I went looking for it again, it was hidden behind the clouds.
I don't always see the full moon, of course. It all depends on how clear the sky is that day.
But, I do have a photo of last January's wolf moon...
I remember it being very cold and it was snowing that evening.
And this is a photo of last December's Long Nights Moon
I took this photo at Niagara-on-the-Lake, on the eve of my birthday!
As I mentioned before, I don't have a picture of last month's full worm moon to show you, but I can tell you how the name came about, according to the old Native Americans. In March, the temperature warms up and the snow begins to melt. In turn, the ground softens up and the worms start to appear. And you know what that means, right? The robins come back to pronounce it's spring!
On Wednesday, my first spring robin appeared! I found him in our crabapple tree!
He came to announce the arrival of spring. It's not official until the robins return. And they're here!
I found another one hopping around in our yard this morning...
This sweet pair of house finches were out there this morning, too.
And look who's back! It's Chippy!
I'm not sure if it's the same one from last summer. Do you remember him? We had him eating peanuts from our hand, which reminds me, I have to go out and buy some more peanuts!
As you can see, the full worm moon was fittingly named. It has brought forth the return of the worms and robins! Spring is definitely in the air, although, we still have some stubborn, crusty snow on the ground. It is quite cold and the wind is still raging and frigid. But I dream of warmer days, the blossoming of our trees and flowers, and the delicious scent of blooming lilacs.
Wishing you all sunshine, robins, and a happy spring!