Tuesday, July 23, 2013

July's Full Buck Moon

July's full moon rises Monday evening above a mule deer buck on Blacktail Mountain

Monday's early-morning moonset over Gunsight Mtn.
Our "Full Buck Moon" was less like a deer and more like a hide-and-seek chamelion. The full moon set before dawn on Monday, falling from a pure blue, Montana summer sky just before the sun made its appearance. The full moon  returned at sunset later the same day. It rose silently into a salmon-colored sky that was slowly filling with drift smoke from the "Red Shale" wildfire, deep within the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The fire reappeared from the hidden embers of a lightening strike five days earlier.

Monday's moonrise at sunset, above Flathead Lake and the Swan Mountain Range