Beaver Moon Eclipse

The Beaver Moon rose in the northeast on November 30th. I had to photograph it through the cottonwoods to get its yellow color when it was just above the horizon. A Beaver Moon in cottonwoods seemed most appropriate. This Beaver Moon was also the last penumbral lunar eclipse of the year.


72 thoughts on “Beaver Moon Eclipse

  1. I was going to ask why Beaver Moon but since you don’t know, I had to look it up ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Why Is It Called the Beaver Moon? November’s full Moon was traditionally called the Beaver Moon by a number of Native Americans and colonial Americans. Many Native American groups used the monthly Moons and nature’s corresponding signs as a calendar to track the seasons.

    All that to say, lovely shots, Tim!

    • Hi Dale. It seems like there was no particular reason other than they needed a name for the November moon. Maybe a beaver bit a Native American on the old shin bone under a full moon in November way back in days of old? Thanks for looking it up.

      • It’s nice to have names for things. When Laurie’s parents visited Africa years ago, they asked a native what an animal they saw was called. He replied “food!”

    • Thanks, Randall. I haven’t seen our beavers much lately. The Rio Grande has been very low. However, a new dam went up in the clear ditch which is much-needed beaver activity. Now if the Conservancy will leave it alone.

  2. Glorious shots, Tim. I had to look up Beaver Moon. I love that there is a moon for beavers, although how it got that name is a bit harsh. However, that was a long time ago. We are not pioneers anymore & the beavers still get a moon named after them! YAY!!!!

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