Friday, February 5, 2010

Wolf Moon

Last week, I was on my way out to grab dinner when i noticed the moon! It was so beautiful! I had to seize the moment.

I photographed the moon using two different cameras -- Canon SX110 IS (which is light and takes wonderful photos-- I bring it with me everywhere) and Canon EOS 500D with Canon EF 17-200mm IS lens (which takes even better photos!).


Shot with a Canon SX110 IS:


And another with a Canon EOS 500D:






So why is it called the Wolf Moon?

The full moon of each month are given names which date back to native americans. With these, they were able to keep track of the seasons by the distinctive names of each recurring full moon. The European settlers followed the same custom as well but by another set of names.

The wolf moon (a.k.a. Old Moon / Moon after Yule) is a full moon that falls.occurs in January. It got its name from hungry wold packs that howl outside native-american villages.





I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I did taking it!

[* To see more skies from around the world, Skywatch Friday]

22 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Both are great! We missed the Wolf Moon due to cloud cover.

Spiderdama said...

I like both! It`s great pictures:-)
Wish you a nice weekend!

plainstufftoo said...

nice photos! Wish my wee camera could do the same...*smile*

Mike said...

Superb! Have a great weekend :)

Dewdrop said...

The captivates me at times too. I get so distracted by the beauty in the sky!

Lisa Mertins illustration said...

wonderful! i wish i'd been able to capture the glory of that moon here in california. well done.

Judy said...

I love the detail in the first shot!!

Kissapelakuu said...

Wonderfull pictures.
I hope some day i will take some like these wolf moon pictures!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous shots! I love the names given to the moon through the different seasons. Thanks for that information, too! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Wow so close. How captivating! Amazing lens!
Happy weekend.

noel said...

very nice capture, i love all the detail on this moon.

Lori Skoog said...

These are both fabulous shots. Amazing!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

It really was a stunning moon and seemed to inspire alot of us. No idea why it was so orange as it rose here though!?

Thanks for stopping by and commenting, have a great weekend.

Jama said...

I'm using Canon S5 and love it to bits, because it's small enough for my handbag, can carry with me everyday!

overtiredmum said...

You got great shots with both cameras. I like the wolf moon story too xo

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

That's a great shot. Thanks for the wolf moon story. I learnt something new today.

Stine in Ontario said...

The wolf moon was awesome this year. How lucky we were to have cloudless skies!

snapperoni said...

Thank you for all your comments! I'm glad everyone enjoyed this post! :D

It still amazes me how all of us, miles apart, see the same moon! It's nice to be able to share something like this.:)

Kaori said...

Your photo of the moon is beautiful and the post very interesting :)

afv said...

Wonderful shot and thanks for the info.

Lara Neusiedler said...

wow, amazing! moon's beauty at its best!

thorgun said...

Really nice shot, like the second best even if it's smaller