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16-May-2022 copyright Elizabeth Bickel

"Flower" Full Moon 2022

In the 1930s the Maine Farmer's Almanac began publishing Native American names for the full moons of the year. According to this Almanac, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon for the flowers that are abundant this time of year. Other names include the Corn or Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

This full moon corresponds with Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima (as well as other more regional names). Vesak is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha. The actual date of Vesak varies depending upon the lunar calendar in use in the particular country or region, but this year for most areas it falls on or near the day of this full moon.

A few publications consider this full moon to be a supermoon. The term "supermoon" was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 and refers to either a new or full moon that occurs when the Moon is within 90% of perigee. These are the biggest and brightest full moons for the year.


May 2022 was an eclipsed full moon. Unfortunately, the skies here were extremely cloudy during the eclipse and didn't really clear up until the event was over. That's when I got this shot.

Nikon COOLPIX P900
1/640s f/8.0 at 357.0mm iso140 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
John Vass20-May-2022 06:55
Wonderful impressive shot and great info! V
larose forest photos19-May-2022 18:12
What a gorgeous and impressive shot you got here. Love the information you provided too. Who knew there were so many names. I quite like the Flower Moon and the Milk Moon as names for the moon at this time of year. V
Mieke WA Minkjan19-May-2022 11:31
beautiful capture of the moon V