Wolf moon

The first full moon of the year is called the wolf moon

Maybe the wolves howl at in the deep winter’s nights

Asking questions only the moon can answer

Or perhaps it has some mythical significance known only

To those who understand these matters, not people like me

All I know is that the moonlight reflecting on the white snow

Makes for a magical scenario, spellbinding and mesmerizing

This photo of the new year’s first full moon ( known as a Wolf Moon) was captured by Katie M. east of Bentley Alberta.

This week’s Weekly Challenge from Sue W and GC is; WINTER MOON.



43 thoughts on “Wolf moon

  1. There is lore about the ‘halo’ around the moon (any full moon) : “What Does Folklore Say About A Lunar Halo? Weather lore says a lunar halo is the precursor of impending unsettled weather, especially during the winter months. This is often proved true, as cirrus and cirrostratus clouds generally precede rain and storm systems. Lunar halos are, in fact, actually fairly common.”

    The science: “What Is A Lunar Halo? A lunar halo is caused by the refraction, reflection, and dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus or cirrostratus clouds. … The phenomenon of a lunar halo is similar to a rainbow produced by sunlight and rain falling between your eye and the sun.”

    “Other traditional full moon names that emphasize the cold season include the Cold Moon, Frost Exploding Moon, Freeze Up Moon, Severe Moon and Hard Moon. Canada Goose Moon, Great Moon, Greetings Moon and Spirit Moon have also been names for the January full moon.”

    Thank you for your words and the image which encouraged me to get reaquantied with some of the fun facts of the names and science about the first full moon of the year and a moon’s halo 🙂

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