Wednesday, October 4, 2023

The Sturgeon Supermoon Shined Down on Sanel Valley in Southeast Mendocino County

The supermoon glowed orange due to drift smoke [All pictures by Matt LaFever]

The Sturgeon Supermoon shined down last night from the southeast. The moonlight was tinted orange by drift smoke from Oregon’s wildfires.

We snapped these photos in Hopland as the moon began its rise above the Mayacama Mountain Range at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Clouds making their way across the supermoon

August’s full moon is referred to as the “Sturgeon Moon” because it is the time of year when the pre-historic fish starts biting in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain.

There are multiple culturally-specific names for August’s full moon. The Cree Indian Tribe referred to it as the Flying Up Moon because this time of year is typical of young birls learning to fly. Also called the Corn Moon, the Harvest Moon, and the Ricing Moon, many cultures recognized August as a time of maturing crops.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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