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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.”~

Full Buck Moon

as the Moon rose higher it began to turn more Golden.

Full Buck Moon Twilight

Then it was time to head home.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 200-500mm| Delkin Digital Film| Tripod

More to come…



  1. 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!

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. Excellent! I love the inclusion of the bicyclists in the first image.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. Great moon shots and the one with the bicycles really grabs my attention, beautifully done 🙂

  6. these are totally stunning! the bikers in the picture and the colors wow gorgeous!!!

  7. 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! 🙂

  8. Thanks for sharing two beautiful photos and for answering my questions 🙂

  9. Well done!

  10. 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!

  11. Great pics!

  12. Beautiful images!

  13. Moon pics are some of my favorites. These are really nice. Was interesting, too, to learn why it’s called a buck moon.

  14. Beautiful photos and very interesting info too.

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  1. […] Saturday evening a good friend and I headed over the hill to Santa Cruz to our traditional Full Moon over the Walton Lighthouse shot.  If you’ve been following me awhile you’ll have seen this lighthouse on my blog before featuring the Moon. I shot the July Moon over this lighthouse last year. Click here. […]

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