Saturday, September 29, 2012

Harvest Moon

No wonder we were gleaning potatoes--we were feeling the affects of the waxing Harvest Moon.  It's full tonight at 9:18 pm MST and put on a show right down 12th Street.  It's quite rare for the full moon to be this visible right smack inside the city.  Usually we only see it when it rises above the urban forest here.

Here's one online explanation of how the Harvest Moon received its name:

In the days before electric lights, farmers depended on bright moonlight to extend the workday beyond sunset.  It was the only way they could gather their ripening crops in time for market.  The full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox became "the Harvest Moon," and it was always a welcome sight.

Unfortunately, we don't have a camera capable of taking decent low light photos.  We tried each of the remaining functional cameras on hand.  The batteries were dead in our good "long lens" Fuji and what you see here is the best we could do with what we have tonight.  It was a splendid sight.

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