April’s Full Pink Moon

April 22, 2019

The frost-covered grass crunched under my boots as I walked out towards the field. I had my tripod slung over one shoulder, my backpack on, my camera in one hand, and my coffee in the other. I was on an early morning mission to capture April’s full pink moon and it was just an hour away from dipping below the horizon. 

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, people used to track the seasons by using the lunar calendar, and each full moon was given a nickname. April’s full moon is called the Pink Moon because it signifies the start of spring when pink flowers, or wild ground phlox, begin to bloom. So even though the name suggests otherwise, the moon doesn’t actually turn pink. But it’s pretty nonetheless!

Once I reached the field, I zoomed in with my telephoto lens and started capturing some photos. All of a sudden, I saw a flash of white out of the corner of my eye. The albino deer that hangs out around our house had bounded right into my photo! I scrambled to readjust my settings, knowing I had only a few seconds before she’d walk out of the shot. Luckily, she paused for just a second and I was able to capture a photo of her beneath the full moon!

I spent the rest of the morning jumping back and forth between the moon and the deer. It was such a fun way to start the day!

Did you catch the full moon last week?