How fitting that our August full moon is a lovely golden yellow (from Canadian fire smoke), for it is known as the Corn Moon. A time of harvesting, this full moon is also called the Green Corn Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Grain Moon, and Barley Moon.
According to the Farmers Almanac, Native American tribes called it the Sturgeon Moon because sturgeon in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were usually abundant during this time.
Some tribes, the Almanac adds, had yet other names for this late summer moon: “Wheat Cut Moon” (San Ildefonso, and San Juan), “Moon When All Things Ripen” (Dakotah Sioux), and “Blueberry Moon” (Ojibwe).
August is a time when the earth is providing an abundance of foods. Fish are running; corn, blueberries and other crops are ripening. No doubt it’s a welcome time for feasting and preparing foods for winter stores.
This moon tells us it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we have, what we can sacrifice, and what we can put away for leaner times.
4 thoughts on “The Corn Moon”
Nice photos and a nice set – I especially like the one with the corn silhouette against the out-of-focus moon.
The fires are in Canada are affecting your views. Didn’t know that.
Thank you! Shot with my bridge camera. It did quite well! The out of focus one was purely unintended, but I ended up liking it.
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Lovely poetic moon names, Joan, and dreamy-looking photos too.
Thank you, Tamara. I’m glad I was able to capture the moon last night.