Once in a Blue Moon: August 31st

On Friday August 31st, there was a blue moon. A blue moon is the name for the third full moon in a season that has four full moons, according to farmers’ almanacs.

It’s actually not the second full moon in a month, like I had originally thought.

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(Also, I love reading Farmer’s Almanacs! I used to grab one at the grocery store when I was little and flip through them. I don’t know if that’s just because I’m from PA, which is farm country, but I still love looking at them.)

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My husband and I went looked at it together; he was my helper with his flashlight on his phone, so I could see what I was doing, haha. Also, it was so humid out, my lens and my glasses kept fogging up, but it was clear and bright.

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Here’s my best attempt at capturing it without a decent zoom lens. The first few attempts were bright lights and flares, but still very pretty! At least I think so. So what do you think?

I’m finally starting to learn my DSLR though, because I was able to actually get these “real shots” after playing around long enough! Very exciting! I’m pretty happy with them.

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One problem though, I’ve been singing, “Blue moon, you saw me standing alone, without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own..” for days now, ha!

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  • I was so trying to avoid getting that song in my head! but yes, these pictures are fantastic!!

    • Lauren

      haha, sorry to put it there. πŸ˜€

      thanks!

  • NM

    Great photos!
    I love to watch the phases of the Moon, it’s so magical. I saw this month’s full moon just as it rose from the horizon, it was huge and orange, even though it’s quite chilly here now.

  • I truly learned something about blue moons reading this post- I had the definition wrong, too! I like the effect of the fogged up lens. Your photos are gorgeous… I need a good zoom lens like that!

    • Lauren

      Thanks! Mine isn’t really a great zoom.. I did a TON of cropping. Mine is just the standard zoom that came with my Nikon DSLR.

  • I like moons.
    I wish I would’ve gotten out there to to take some myself. but alas I didn’t.

    • Lauren

      <3

  • Oh I didn’t realize it was a blue moon! .. I guess that saying makes total sense now …”once in a blue moon”… I knew it meant “not very often”…but I guess I didn’t really know what a blue moon was.

    Great shots!! I actually made a desktop calendar with a full moon shot and some celestial stuff that was going to be for September, but I decided it looked to be more of an October calendar… so that will be next months πŸ™‚

  • wow, such neat pictures! thanks for sharing them. πŸ™‚ I can never get such clear shots of the moon!

  • ana

    awesome photos! i just saw it for a bit and went back inside – wish i would have taken photos…. πŸ™‚