Strawberry Moon

Delta Lake State Park

On Thursday the Strawberry Moon made an appearance. It was also a supermoon, depending on which interpretation you follow. A supermoon is when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth. I’ll leave that debate to other people, me, I wanted to try to photograph it.

June’s moon is known by other names as well; Berries Ripen Moon, Blooming Moon, Green Corn Moon and the Hoer Moon. The one I found interesting is the Honey Moon, which is a European name. June was traditionally the month of marriages, with the month being named after the Roman goddess of marriage, Juno. Following a marriage comes the “honeymoon” which may be tied to this version of the Moon’s name (from The Old Farmer’s Almanac).

I didn’t want to capture the moonrise as I thought it would be too bright against the night sky. My best opportunity would be when it sets on Friday morning and I could go to Delta Lake for a few interesting views. Luckily for me I can work from home if I need to so I would be able to explore Delta Lake for this event and still be online for work at my usual time.

I arrived a little early to the park and I was worried my plans were going to fall through as there appeared to be a layer of thin clouds above the horizon causing a fairly bright halo around the moon. I walked down to the beach to survey my opportunities. I grabbed this first image before deciding I would ride out this event with my finger’s crossed…

First Look
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 6s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

I was using my 12 – 100mm lens knowing I wanted the extra compression to bring the moon closer, and bigger, into the frame. Now I needed to find the right foreground element. As I walked up and down the beach the cloudy haze was beginning to dissipate and my hopes for a clear view of the moon were growing. I backed away from the water and extended the lens to its full 100mm. The next image was better…

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/10s, 100mm, f/11, ISO 200

Behind me the sun was starting to rise but there was a large layer of clouds in the eastern sky and they were turning a brilliant pink color. This color was being reflected into the western sky. My chances for something good were starting to increase. I continued my search for an interesting foreground. The high winds we experienced recently toppled a few trees in the park. One, on the right side of the beach alcove, was leaning into the water. I couldn’t get far enough back to utilize the full zoom on the lens but you can see how the colors were staring to change…

Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/13s, 61mm, f/11, ISO 200

Alright, it was getting interesting. My best view was going to be back on the beach. The lifeguard chair will have to be the foreground. The sky was at its peak colors and the sun light would be bleaching out the moon very soon. I double-timed it back to the beach and was rewarded with this image…

Strawberry Moon
Olympus E-M1 Mark III, M. Zuiko 12-100mm f/4, 1/25s, 100mm, f/10, ISO 200

Mission accomplished! It was great being out early in the morning. I need to do more of this type of adventure. I don’t know why I always feel like I’m doing something wrong if I’m not one of the first people at work. I need a brain reset… and maybe some strawberry shortcake…