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Full Wolf Moon
Full Moon Over the North Woods of Minnesota
Minnesota Highway 23 North of Nickerson, Minnesota

400mm, 1/50 with Monopod, ISO 100, f/7.1

I had taken an afternoon drive down scenic highway 23 to catch some late afternoon images of rural farm fields covered in snow carved out of the North Woods ..

On my way home I crested a hilltop and this scene appeared .. I stopped on the side of the road (of course now the small highway had to become busy) as I switched lenses and tried to get the monopod untangled from the passanger seat belt.

Minnesota State Highway 23 from Askov (the location of my last image) up an hours drive to Duluth is designated the Evergreen Veteran's Memorial Scenic Drive. It is a beautiful drive winding through the North Woods. Itt is actually no longer to take scenic highway 23 than take the freeway the last hour into Duluth
(the scenic drive is a slower speed but actually less distance). If you are traveling with no time constraints between Askov and Duluth you will pass by Banning State Park, Moose Lake State Park, and Jay Cooke State Park ... all are well worth your time.

The names of the full moons in use in the United States date back to the Algonquin tribes from New England west to Lake Superior. European settles followed this custom and added some moon names of their own.

The January full moon is knows as the Full Wolf Moon .. the story goes is that January is the month the wolves would be loudest or closest to the villages.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_State_Highway_23
http://www.space.com/spacewatch/090109-ns-full-moon-names-2009.html
&
http://www.farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names

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