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The July Full Moon is called the “Buck Moon” in North America because male Deer are usually beginning to grow their antlers again in July.
The July Full Moon also has two other names. The Hay Moon; July is when Farmers begin storing their Hay, and the Thunder Moon because of the many thunder storms in the month of July.
I made this image in Santa Cruz, CA. The Moon looks large because it’s close to the horizon. Being on the coast there was a lot of moisture/atmosphere in the air, and the fog was slowly rolling in from the southeast so, the Moon looks a bit diffused.
The Moon was so pretty in the pink reflected light of the Belt of Venus. The pink part of the sky after sunset is called the Belt of Venus. It’s a phenomenon that happens after sunset and before sunrise. “The dark band of the Earth’s shadow at dusk and dawn often has a light pink arch above it, known as the Belt of Venus. It extends about 10-20 degrees up from the horizon, acting as a boundary between the shadow and the sky. The effect is due to the reddened sunlight being backscattered in the atmosphere, which produces the rosy glow.”~http://www.howitworksdaily.com/what-is-the-belt-of-venus/
as the Moon rose higher it began to turn more Golden.
Then it was time to head home.
Nikon Df| Nikkor 200-500mm| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod
More to come…
30 thoughts on “July’s Buck Moon”
It was so cool how you captured the bicyclists! It made the perspective more easily understood. The moon was so big close to the horizon as it rose! Beautiful, frameable photograph. It just takes my breath away!
Beautiful image, Deborah! Lovely colours and the composition is oh so cool. I didn’t know about the Belt of Venus – a good name I think. 🙂
Thank you so much Myriam!
Excellent! I love the inclusion of the bicyclists in the first image.
Thank you so much Denise!
I like the moon over the bikers shot! We got to see the full moon in Vancouver but the photos I shot were with my wide angle zoom (84mm at the closest) so the moon did not look as big as what we saw.
Thank you so much Gordon! I have quite a few images like that I’ve made like that myself over the years. It’s all good! Each image is unique. 🙂
Great moon shots and the one with the bicycles really grabs my attention, beautifully done 🙂
Thank you so much John!
these are totally stunning! the bikers in the picture and the colors wow gorgeous!!!
Thank you so much Lynn! xx
Love the bikers and the colors in the first photo. Someone should make a mixed drink called “The Belt of Venus”
Thank you so much Robert! Isn’t there a drink with that name? It’s a good idea. Make one up! 🙂
Thanks for sharing two beautiful photos and for answering my questions 🙂
Thank you very much Dan! Glad I could answer your questions!
Thank you so much!
These are both so beautiful. The first one just knocks my socks off. I didn’t know that about the pink flush in the sky~cool!
Thank you so much Melissa!
Thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much Belinda!
Moon pics are some of my favorites. These are really nice. Was interesting, too, to learn why it’s called a buck moon.
Thank you so much Paul!
Beautiful photos and very interesting info too.
Thank you very much Beautywhizz!