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Blue moon illuminates the Rowena loops

The August 31, 2012, blue moon illuminates a curve on the Columbia River Historic Highway near Rowena Crest in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. The Rowena curves are a set of hairpin turns that zigzag their way from riverside to the spectacular viewpoint Rowena Crest at 700 feet above. There are two definitions for a blue moon. The easy, modern one is the second full moon in a month. The traditional definition is the third full moon in a season that has four full moons. A season (3 months) usually has only three full moons. Of course, it is still the night sky that is blue while the moon remains golden white.

From The Columbia River Gorge