Flowers and full moon.

April 4, 2012 § 4 Comments

Sky Pilot Flowers Sierra Nevada!i=579637818&k=nm2j5

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“Sky Pilot, or Polemonium Californicum as some may call it. This hearty little flower can only really be appreciated by those who have made it higher than 10,000′ in the Sierra, for it’s in the rocky crags in the narrow little region between 10,000′ – 13,000′ that this jewel grows. I would often see the Sky Pilot while going from Whitney Portal to Crabtree Meadows on the John Muir Trail over the 13,777′ Trail Crest Pass. This truly is the “High Sierra” flower!” – University of California, Berkeley digital library project


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Full Wolf Moon over Sierra Nevada

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“Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred. There was some variation in the Moon names, but in general, the same ones were current throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names.

Full Wolf Moon – January Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.” – Farmers’ Almanac


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