At dusk this evening the last full moon of winter, the Worm Moon, was rising over Havre de Grace. Over by the boardwalk promenade about a dozen photographers gathered to wait as daylight faded and the moon illuminated the Concord Point Lighthouse and waterfront. Technically this month’s full moon doesn’t take place until Sunday, but for strollers enjoying a comfortable late winter Saturday and those waiting with cameras in hand, it was a brilliant display as the moon climbed slowly above the waters of the Bay and early evening darkness arrived.
“Native Americans called this last full moon of winter the worm moon after the worm trails that would appear in the newly thawed ground,” according to National Geographic. “Other names include chaste moon, death moon, crust moon (a reference to snow that would become crusty as it thawed during the day and froze at night), and sap moon, after the tapping of the maple trees.”