Harvest Moon


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One evening last week when we were in Bremerton, Washington we were out taking a walk and we looked across the water.  Rising above the trees was a full, glowing, beautiful moon.  Brent and I both commented on how bright and gorgeous it was and he said, “It’s the Harvest Moon.”  The next evening when we were out walking we commented a lot about how pretty the moon was again and we took several pictures but I have to admit, I felt like I wasn’t very smart because although I have heard of a harvest moon all my life I didn’t know exactly what it meant.  

This is what I have learned since that night.

1.  The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox {September 18 this year}, when the sun crosses the plane of the Earth’s equator, making day and night close to equal in length. 

2.  It rises around 30 minutes after sunset instead of the usual 50 minutes and does so for three consecutive days.

3.  And it was aptly named because farmers {before electricity and headlights on tractors} could work extended hours during the harvest season ~ sometimes even pulling an all-nighter by the light of the bright harvest moon. 

 So there we have it.  A good piece of trivia to store away in our beautiful brains to be pulled out at some future date to teach someone about the Harvest Moon.

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Harvest Moon.  

Don’t those two words just seem to sum up all that is wonderful about autumn?

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5 Responses to Harvest Moon

  1. Hannah September 25, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    Wow Lori, you have been busy! I love the new look of your blog- especially your header. Lovely colour scheme.

  2. Alisha October 1, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    I LOVE the Harvest Moon. It is our favorite time of year and that moon is just so magical. It was gorgeous here on the east coast in NNY. I loved reading what you wrote about the Harvest Moon. I didn’t know about it either till I met my husband and he is originally from WNY and I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. TFS!! Stopping by from The Blackberry Vine linky party and now a follower of your blog.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/09/aragon-test-pattern-and-happy-fall.html I shared a few other creations, come on by when you have a moment.

    • Lori October 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      We were on the east coast several years ago during a full moon, although not the harvest moon, and it was so pretty. We live in Idaho but we love visiting the east coast. The culture is so different from the west.

  3. Debi @ That Crafty Lunch Lady October 2, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh WOW! What a beautiful shot of the Harvest Moon!!! I’m totally captivated by the moon and your picture just called to me to visit your site. I can’t wait to see what all is here.


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