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Flower Moon Over National Harbor and The Capital Wheel Near Washington D.C.

landscape photo of ferris wheel and illuminated buildings at night with big yellow moon near horizon
The Flower Moon rises out of a stand of trees and climbs into view above National Harbor and the Capital Wheel, on the banks of the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. (Photo: Don Savage)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The full moon, or “Flower Moon” as it was called in May, seemed slowly rose over National Harbor and The Capital Wheel on May 5, 2023, and looked like a painting, or at least the opening for a thrilling or romantic film.

Alexandria photographer Don Savage and others watched from the Virginia side of the Potomac River at Jones Point Park, hoping to get a perfect shot of the amber-colored moon that night., and we think he did.

What Is a Flower Moon?

The name “flower moon” is attributed to the Algonquin peoples, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and  celebrates the flowers blooming in North America during early May. May’s full moon also goes by these names, according to NASA: Corn or corn planting moon.
Print and Art copies of this Don Savage photo are available now at this direct link.

Coming UP, look for the “Strawberry Moon” in June

On the evening of Saturday, June 3, 2023—just after sunset—look towards the southeast to watch the full Moon rise gently above the horizon. There, it will appear large and golden-hued.

June’s full Moon will reach peak illumination at 11:43 P.M. Eastern Time.

Why Is It Called the Strawberry Moon?

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, June’s full Moon—typically the last full Moon of spring or the first of summer—has traditionally been called the Strawberry Moon. While strawberries certainly are a reddish-pink color and are roundish in shape, the origin of the name “Strawberry Moon” has nothing to do with the Moon’s hue or appearance, despite the evocative imagery (shown in the artist rendering below). A Moon usually appears reddish when it’s close to the horizon because the light rays must pass through the densest layers of atmosphere.

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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