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Everyday Nature: The Full Flower Moon

Tonight is the first of May's two full moons. I always thought this happenstance meant that one or both moons were known as a Blue Moon but it seems there's more to it than that. I looked at the link, but honestly it's a bit more complicated than my half-caffeinated brain can decipher just yet this morning. ;)

Despite the presence of a second full moon this month, we will herald tonight's moon as the Full Flower Moon. We're having heavy rain this morning, but hopefully things will clear out this evening before moonrise at 8:29 p.m.

If you're keeping a nature notebook with your children, it might be nice to draw a page showing the full moon and fill it with pictures of flowers (hand-drawn, stickers or magazine clippings). Label the time and the name of the moon, perhaps even add some information about the blue moon theory ~ and how about a poem just for May's moon?


May: The Flower Moon

Lilies of the valley

Ring each silent bell

When May’s bright moon

Lightens up the dell.

Furry-footed creatures

Scurry here and there

Dancing to the music

They can hear

Quite well.

(From When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year)