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Hunter’s Moon

November 28, 2005 by Herald Leader  
Filed under Charles Bertram

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Often my favorite photographs are made while driving to or from other photo assignments. Whenever possible, I drive the back-roads instead of interstates in hopes of finding feature photographs. Shortly before sunrise on October 17th, while driving to Augusta for another assignment, I came across this photograph of the moon setting over a foggy field in Bourbon County. The hardest part of the photograph was finding a safe place to pull off the road before the moon dropped out of sight. After I finished making photographs in Augusta I called Herald-Leader reporter Andy Mead, who seems to always have answers to any questions relating to the environment, for some help with the moon caption. Andy called back a short time later to tell me that the full moon in October is known as the Hunter’s Moon or the Blood Moon. That’s because the crops were in (thanks to September’s Harvest Moon) and hunters could stay out all night, using bright moonlight to track the game needed to get through the winter. Charles Bertram/Staff

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