Hunter’s Moon

October’s full moon is known as the Hunter’s Moon, though it has many other nicknames by different cultures. It is also the smallest moon of the year. The moon in October goes by many difference names depending your location. Traditional names for the full moon often reflect local environment and history.


Old Farmer’s Almanac, because that moon occurs when the season for hunting many game animals begins. The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, the Ojibwe people called October’s full moon the “Mskawji Giizis,” or the Freezing Moon, because October is when the first frosts occur in their traditional territory in the Great Lakes region. The Cree people called it “Pimahamowipisim” (Migrating Moon), as in North America, many bird species start migrating south for the winter in mid-autumn. 

In the Pacific Northwest, the Tlingit called the October full moon “Dís Tlein” (Big Moon), while the Haida called the moon “Kalk Kungaay,” or the Ice Moon.

Southern Hemisphere peoples’ names for the moon reflected the change of seasons from winter to summer and days getting warmer and longer. The Māori of New Zealand called the lunar months of October to November (measured from new moon to new moon) “Whiringa-ā-rangi,” meaning, “It has now become summer, and the sun has acquired strength,” according to the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Friday and Saturday forecast was for clear skies. Unfortunately I went to the wrong location on Saturday to capture the Full Moon and the moonrise. Wait I was out and about I saw a gorgeous sunset.

The weather cleared up Monday evening and I was able to capture the following two pictures.

The Moon the 14th was taken in New Bern at 21:00, when I got home. I used shutter speed of 1/125, with an aperture setting on f/11, and an ISO 125. I also used my Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55:300mm 1:4.5-5.6 GED lens with the zoom set to 300mm. For the night sky, I used my Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.6 G lens. I used the a shutter speed of 0.4 second, with an aperture setting f/8, and an ISO 3200.

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