TWICE IN A BLUE MOON (After Nokomis)

Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 29 mins
|30 Seconds
Sound: 5.1 Surround Sound
Ratio: 16:9
Available Format/s: HD Digital file
Original Format: HD Video / 2K Video


The twelve full moons were filmed consecutively each month over a period of a year using a hand held camera, starting on the full moon of 31 October 2020 and finishing on the full moon of 21 September 2021.

I was very fortunate to have recorded 2 Blue Moons during the 12 month period of filming as it is quite rare to even get one blue moon. The first Blue Moon occurred on the 31 October 2020 (Hunters Moon) and called a Blue Moon because it was the second full moon to appear within a calendar month. The other Blue Moon was a rarer Seasonal Blue Moon of the 22 August 2021 (Sturgeon Moon). Called seasonal as it was the third full moon of an astronomical season which has 4 full moons.

Although the expectation is to visually see a blue coloured moon on the occasions when it occurs, colour has nothing to do with it! However, having said that, the Native North American name for the full moon in April is Pink Moon and it did actually look pinkish at the time of filming!

The subtitle to the video refers to Nokomis, which means Grandmother in the Native North American language of the Ojibwe or Ainishinaabe people. Also made famous in the Henry Longfellow poem The Song of Hiawatha, ‘In the days that are forgotten, In the unmarked ages, From the full moon fell Nokomis, Fell the beautiful Nokomis….’.

Each of the twelve full moons in the video are titled from the names which the Native North American people have given to each of the full moons, although there are some differences and variations.

Also of interest is the way in which Native North American people regard the natural world to be part of the First Family and understand that everything in creation has spirit including the sky world, the moon and other planets, plants, trees, water, wind, rocks and mountains.

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