The full “sap moon” heralds spring

Robin Rowland 
Full moon rising over Kitmat, March 24, 2024. Shot through a gap in the trees. (Robin Rowland)

The first full moon that comes after the spring equinox, which marks the change from astronomical winter to astronomical spring  is often called the sap moon (the sap is running)  or the worm moon (worms appear in the soil). Also called the Lenten moon, since the Christian Easter is always the first Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox. (Moon names are a blend of indigenous North American, pagan Celtic and Christian). After two days of clear skies, haze was moving in and the next morning was cloudy with drizzle.

Another view of the full moon rising, between some trees. (Robin Rowland)
Black and white version of the moon between the trees. (Robin Rowland)

From the spot where I shot the moon rise between the trees, I moved to shoot it rising over the mountains.

Moon rise over the mountain (Robin Rowland)

I also shot the 96.4% waxing moon on March 23. On March 23, the moon rose just as the sun was setting over the mountains. On March 24, the full moon rose about 50 minutes later and it was already getting dark,

Waxing moon rises. (Robin Rowland)
The waxing near full moon illumnated by the setting sun. (Robin Rowland)

And a couple of shots of Kitimat harbour and Douglas Channel on March 23 as I waited for the sun to set and the moon to rise.

Looking down Douglas Channel as the sun is about to set. Shot with a Sony 100 to 400 mm G lens. (Robin Rowland)
Looking down Douglas Channel with a ship in Kitimat harbour, just after sunset, March 23. (Robin Rowland)

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