Even before the pandemic hit, my life was pretty isolated, so when Covid put restrictions on the world, I really had to search for purpose. Of necessity, I began giving myself fun projects and goals to be achieved. One of these goals in 2021 was to look at the night sky more often, and to document all the full moons.
Around 10:00 every night I take my little dogs out for their final potty break, and that gives me the perfect opportunity to look skyward. Often all I see are clouds, so I feel blessed when the skies are clear, with stars and maybe even the moon twinkling above.
I’ve always revelled in the full moon, and have often photographed it over the years, even when my various mickey-mouse cameras could capture nothing more than a blurry little light in the sky. I now have a camera with an excellent long lens, capable of taking lovely close-ups. These are a couple of shots from 2019.
March’s Super Worm Moon
A crescent moon in April
Unfortunately, our skies were socked in for the first full moon of the year on January 28th, as is typical here in the winter. The skies broke slightly the next evening, and even though the shots weren’t fabulous, I managed to capture January’s Wolf Moon one day late.
February 27th was such a high-drama night. The owls were hooting, neighbourhood dogs were howling, and the Full Snow Moon was dancing a tango with the clouds.
Having learned my lesson from January and February’s cloudy skies, I snapped this picture of March’s Worm Moon, on the 26th, two days before it turned full.
The full moon played peekaboo with the clouds all evening on March 28th, but I caught a quick glimpse. It also happened to be the first Supermoon of the year.
Because of where it’s situated in the sky in relation to my surroundings, it’s much harder to find a crescent moon. I lucked out in April, with this beauty in the clear skies.
There was another Supermoon in April. This was the Super Pink Moon on the 25th, two days before full.
And the next evening.
It lived up to its Full Supermoon status, shining brilliantly and gigantically on the 27th.
I considered myself lucky to spot this nice, bright crescent moon mid-May.
I thought the clouds had hidden May 26th’s Super Flower Blood Moon (also called a Perigee Supermoon because it’s the closest and brightest moon of 2021), but very late that night, I was awakened by its brightness and took these pictures through my bedroom window while I marvelled at its brilliance.
The Super Strawberry Moon on June 24th put on a showy display.
In June and July, my province experienced extreme heat, followed by devastating wild fires. The Full Buck Moon on July 24th appeared red in the smoky skies.
August’s Blue Sturgeon Moon on the 21st, with Jupiter shining above it.
Cloudy on the 22nd, the night it was full.
And a day past full, on the 23rd.
Sometimes I like to capture the moon looking odd shaped, like this one mid-September.
September 20th’s Full Corn Harvest Moon was gorgeous.
I love scenic shots like this cloudy Full Hunter’s Moon on October 20th. I watched for the longest time as clouds scudded swiftly by, making for an appropriately spooky sky.
I was on a walk with my grandkids when this almost-full moon popped up over the ridge, mid-November. It was pretty amazing.
The skies were clear, and November 19th’s Half-Blood Beaver Moon was so pretty, although my photos didn’t do it justice. This full moon is also known as a micro-moon, because it looks smaller, way up high in the sky.
As it got closer to the final full moon of the year, I started getting paranoid. I’d managed, within a day, to witness every full moon of the year, and plenty of other phases too. I even waved as the space station zipped by one night! Super exciting!! But what if I got scooped on the last full moon? December is notoriously cloudy here, and I really felt the pressure. So I nervously started scanning the sky days ahead of time.
When I saw the moon wearing a sparkly Christmas aura on December 15th, I counted myself fortunate.
Hubby came in from outside the next afternoon and suggested I go look at the moon above the ridges, so I grabbed my camera and captured this sparkly little treasure.
Very early in the morning of December 17th, Hubby spotted this bright moon, and kindly took photos to show me.
The skies were clouded over all day on the 18th, so I was amazed when I went out with my dogs that evening and saw the Full Cold Christmas Baby Moon shining up above, with nary a cloud in sight. Also known as an Apogee Micro-moon, it’s the furthest and dimmest moon of 2021. I, however, didn’t find it dim, at all. Tiny, for sure, but it had lots of sparkle, and I was so happy to see it.
And my goal’s accomplished – an entire year’s worth of full moons. None of those photos would win a best-picture blue ribbon, but I’m pleased to have them. And even more pleased that I took the time to look up into the night sky.
Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and happy New Year!