Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Geese Going Moon - November 16, 2005

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Here's just a few Native American names for the November moon.

Kiowa - Geese Going Moon
Creek - Moon When The Water Is Black With Leaves
Cheyenne - Deer Rutting Moon
Winnebago - Little Bear's Moon
Abenake - Freezing River Maker Moon
Cherokee - Trading Moon
Assiniboine - Frost Moon
Shawnee - Long Moon
Wishram - Snowy Mountains In The Morning Moon
Sioux - Moon Of The Falling Leaves
Algonquin - Beaver Moon
Tewa Pueblo - Moon When All Is Gathered In

Nice names, I think, that hold us close to our world, our place, and its workings.

I took the photo from our deck as the moon rose in the east at 7:09 this evening.

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Blogger Madcap said...

That's an amazingly lovely photo, Jim. I guess the closest English comes to a descriptive phrase like that is "Harvest Moon", but it pales in comparison. Some languages are better at some things than others.

4:46 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Fantastic photo! I live two miles from the Navajo reservation and the Hopi reservation is in the center of the Navajo. I've got to ask about their names for the moon.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

I don't know what the Ojibwe name is for this moon, but after last night I might name it the "swans going moon". We heard flocks of tundra swans flying by moonlight.

Great photo!

6:56 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


Harvest Moon is just as lovely as any and it's from a time when we too were much more self-reliant and earth-centered.

Another one a came across was Mourning Moon, a Celtic name for the November moon I believe, and it is lovely and appropriate too as one mourns the loss of summer, fall and warmth.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

i wonder-

The Hopi name I found for the November moon is the Moon Of The Fledgling Hawk. I haven't found the Navajo/Deni name.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I believe the Ojibwe name for this moon is the Freezing Moon, very appropriate, but I like your Swans Going Moon.;~)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

For many tribes the terms for moon & month have the same meaning, so for the Hopi, November would be the Month Of The Fledgling Hawk too.
My great, great grandmother, Nancy Drury, on my mothers side, was full-blooded Cherokee, so I'm too far removed to actually claim Native American status, but I seem to have inherited a good measure of that spirit, and this would be my Trading Moon, so I guess I should finish the basket I'm working on, fill it with Earth Home Garden Eggs, and barter for something.;~)

8:26 AM  
Blogger sonia a. mascaro said...

Amazing picture! Well donne!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been meaning to put up a sidebar on 'Cherokee Moons', as they each hold a special significance. Nudadequa, or the 'Trading Moon' was a time where much trading/bartering was done between the tribes.. it was also a month where the needy among the villages were given whatever they would require to help them through the upcoming lean winter season.
A wonderful photo :)

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps- forgot to add I like Debs 'swans going moon'.. I heard those same voices passing overhead last evening. I find it quite fitting :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Quite a beautiful photograph, Jim. The moon names are lovely and do help to restore the connections of earth and moon and all the living things that transpire between.

9:54 AM  
Blogger swamp4me said...

The Shawnee, Long Moon, and the Sioux, Moon of the Falling Leaves, seem to be the most fitting for the full moon of this particular November...

2:53 PM  
Blogger Walter Jeffries said...

Excellent moon shot. I have never been happy with how my moon shots come out. What settings and equipment did you use?

A trick I use in labeling my photos is reverse chron notation. YYYMMDD e.g., 20051120 for today. This makes it so they sort both numerically and alphanumerically properly keeping the computer happy. :)

11:24 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


My camera is a 5 mega-pixel Canon S2IS with 12X optical zoom.

For this shot I fully extended the zoom in conjunction with Canons DC58B Teleconverter to achieve a 35mm equivalent of about 648mm.

With the mode selector in the M (manual) position I set the shutter speed at 1/1000 of a second and the aperture at f 3.5.

The camera was mounted on a tripod and I used the 10 second timer to avoid moving the camera.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Spoomonger said...

Nice shot!

My wife took this shot of the 'Harvest Moon' (our DC skies are not as clear as yours, but it has a nice Autumn Gold color.

10:58 AM  

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