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THE MOON VIEWING PARTY – An Illustrated Fable in a Handmade Book

O moon, why must you inspire my neighbor to chirp all night on a flute! — Koyo

The huge orange Harvest moon rose over the old majestic forest.  An owl softly hooted at the top of a tall Cypress tree and then silently spread his wings and glided over the shimmering pampas grass, which swayed slightly in the light breeze.  Frogs thrummed out their frog songs in chorus in the quiet night. Continue reading

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FULL HARVEST MOON – SEPTEMBER

FULL HARVEST MOON is the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox.  (In some years the Autumn Equinox occurs in October so the Harvest Moon can be in October instead of September!)   So this FULL MOON is also called the FULL CORN MOON because it marks the time when Native Americans harvested the chief staples of their diet:  corn, pumpkins, squash, beans & wild rice.  At the peak of harvest farmer’s can work by the light of the full moon late into the night.  

FULL STURGEON MOON – AUGUST

FULL STURGEON MOON IN AUGUST – Fishing tribes are thought to have named this full moon for the giant Sturgeon fish that are readily caught in the month of August.  These primitive fish have remained relatively unchanged since the finding of the earliest fossils.  Sturgeon fish are 7 – 12 feet long, can weigh 3,000 pounds, live 50  or more years & don’t even spawn until they are 15 years old.  They are primarily caught for their roe, which is processed into caviar.   Sturgeon fish can be found in North America along the Atlantic Coast, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, California rivers & the Pacific Ocean.  Sturgeon fish also can be found in Russia, Central Asia, Italy and the Arctic Ocean.  Most species of Sturgeon are considered to be at risk of extinction due to overfishing & loss of habitat.  

Some Native American tribes know this August full moon as the Full Red Moon because as the moon rises, it can appear reddish through a hazy sky.  August full moon is also known as the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.