November 2016 Supermoon

Each year, November’s full moon is called the Beaver Moon.  Algonquin Native American tribes as well as American colonists called it the Beaver Moon because “this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs,” according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Tonight’s Beaver Moon was also the long-awaited Supermoon, the largest moon in 69 years.  The most spectacular Supermoon since 1948, it appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual.  Nothing will match it until the moon makes a similar approach on November 25, 2034.

I couldn’t set up for a location and so tried my luck from our campsite.  When it first appeared, it was bright and golden.



Fooling around with different ideas, I caught this next shot I thought was neat.


I waited five hours after the Supermoon rose and tried my luck once more.  I processed this one in black and white.


It was fun and challenging, and that’s what photography is all about!

I had practiced this past week where I had a little better luck.  The next photo was taken a few days ago on November 10, 2016.


I am excited to see everyone else’s moon photos.  Many put a lot of thought into the time and location; and I know there are going to be some awesome captures.

Thank you for taking a little peek at mine…..    🙂


23 thoughts on “November 2016 Supermoon

    • Thanks so much, Ashley, the night before was cloudy for us and I worried it was going to be cloudy here. We also have smoke in the area from distant forest fires, but it did dissipate late in the day. This morning, the smoke is back. 😦

  1. qui in Toscana un cielo limpidissimo ci ha permesso di amare questa gigantesca luna! così come ho amato ed ammirato le tue immagini straordinarie

    Bella luna, licida e rotonda
    nel setoso cuscino della notte
    ieratica regni
    bella luna te nestai in cielo
    tutta sola. senza un amante che ti consola
    Ventisqueras 🙂

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  3. Thanks for sharing Donna! I think many of us were just plain lucky that we had clear skies and were in the right place at the right time (like my Bay Bridge photo). I like your second photo, with the leaf. That is always my favorite – getting the moon rising or settiing in darkness with leaves covering part of it – the scale is so interesting. I guess there are a lot of us ‘moonies’!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! I worried too weather the clouds and rain from the day before whould hang around. We also have a lot of smoke in the area from the NC forest fire smoke plumes, but the smoke seemed to dissipate nicely after sunset. I enjoyed your photos also, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge foreground was gorgeous and an awesome setup for location! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Jerry! We were dealing with smoke from the NC forest fires, but the smoked seemed to settle/dissipate just enough. Sorry to hear your skies were not clear, I was looking forward to your photos across the wetlands!

  4. That last shot showed so much detail. I was out and about without the camera , and though the sky was clear, I missed it. I really wanted to see the moon when it was close to th horizon. There is a great close up of the moon from NASA just look up super moon on Facebook.

    • I obviously do better with partial moons, lol. I couldn’t see the supermoon on the horizon either, we’re down a ‘hill’ to the lake, and I had to wait an hour after the moonrise to see if crest the trees. The NASA shot is awesome, so many others were quite successful too.

  5. Great shots, Donna! This huge moon is both challenging and mysterious. I took the one in my last post on Saturday, then cloudy here Sunday-Monday, but today got some more pics that I have not looked as yet.

  6. Beautiful Donna! So glad you have kept up with your photos this year. I really wish I could say the same. Thinking about doing another 365 next year just to get back into the swing of things. Life has been so hard this year. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Great photos as usual!

    • Thanks so much, Sheila! I’ve missed your blog, your photos are always awe-inspiring. So sorry to hear that this year was so hard for you. I’m still struggling with my mom’s passing, Thanksgiving day was two years. Wasn’t a great day to be thankful but I tried my best….. I really hope you do start another 365, it’ll help get you back to the joy and passion of your photography work. Nature is great medicine for the soul. I’ll be looking for your first post! 🙂 ❤

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