Snow Moon and Ice Fishing for Walleye

March 21, 2013


Photographer: Rick Stankiewicz; Rick's Web site
Summary Author: Rick Stankiewicz

The February full Moon is called the Snow Moon, as this time of year usually signals the deepest snows of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. On February 25, 2013, I was fortunate to be in an opportune location to see a spectacular moonrise. I was fishing for walleye with a few friends on Lake Ontario’s Bay of Quinte, when we noticed the Moon through some clouds on the eastern horizon. Initially, a pale pastel-pink disk emerged, but as the Moon rose higher above the horizon it became brighter and transformed from pink, to red, to orange as it evaded more and more of the Earth’s atmosphere. Note that the auger in the foreground was used to drill through the bay's 8 in (20 cm) thick ice. Our little fishing party caught but one keeper walleye this outing but the rising of the Snow Moon was the icing on the cake for me.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Panasonic; Camera Model: DMC-TS3; Focal Length: 22.8mm (35mm equivalent: 204mm); 5X optical zoom; Aperture: f/5.9; Exposure Time: 0.313 s (1/3); ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.