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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Harvest Moon:

This is my seasonal entry to the Three Muses relating to the moon. I agree with them as to the mystery and importance the moon has on all our lives. I love the way the moon looks so very large when it first rises in relation to the horizon. This was what I had in mind when I created this.

I have also entered it into the Graphicus September Challenge for Autumn Leaves. This being autumn leaves silhouetted against a Harvest Moon.

I found this great article to share with you. I think it has inspired me to make a moon creation every month relating to their given attributes. What fun over the next 12 months or will it be 13 as are there not 13 full months a year? At least in some years. I shall have to check how many full moons this article caters for.

This article has come from:



Last night there was a full moon, and it looked orange. I asked the person standing next to me if he knew why the moon was orange. He thought a minute, and said no, he didn't. Maybe, he said, pointing to the orange shirt he was wearing, it was because of his shirt?

       It is the scattering of light by the earth's atmosphere that makes the moon appear orange, especially when it first rises.

       Early in the moon's ascent, it is still pretty close to the surface of the earth, from our vantage point. This means we have to "look" through a lot more of the atmosphere.

       The air molecules in the atmosphere scatter away the pieces of visible light that are blue, green, and purple. So when we look through a lot of the atmosphere toward the moon, which is white, we see it as yellow, orange, or red.

       Sometimes when the moon is directly overhead, it will still appear to be orange in color. This can be because there is a lot of dust or smoke or pollution in the air.

       Also, the Harvest Moon in the fall appears to be orange. This is for two reasons. First, during some months of the year, the atmosphere contains more dust particles than others. In the fall, many farmers are harvesting their crops, and there is also a lot of pollen floating around. Second, the moon also rises at a lower angle to the horizon in the fall. Thus, at the autumn equinox, you'll see a big fat orange moon, the Harvest Moon.


This reference to the Harvest Moon reminds me, I've always liked the fact that each month's full moon has a different name, but I can never remember what they are, and I'd also like to know why they are so named. As it turns out, most of the names come from Native American tribes and refer to weather, growing, or hunting conditions at the time of the full moon.

         January: Wolf Moon

       Wolf packs, hungry, howl together in snowy January.

         February: Ice or Snow or Hunger Moon

       Heaviest snow or ice falls during this month. It's hard to hunt or find plants to eat, so this is also a hungry time of year.

         March: Worm or Crow or Full Sap or Lenten or Crust Moon

       With the first thaws, earthworm casts begin to appear in the soil, signaling the return of robins and the beginning of spring. The crows caw to signal the end of winter, the sap begins to run, and for Europeans, it's time to start fasting for Lent. Another name, the Crust Moon, referred to the fact that snows melt and freeze again at night, making a crust on top of it.

         April: Growing or Pink Moon

       The pink herb moss, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest spring wildflowers, appears at this time. It also signals the first plants beginning to grow.

         May: Hare or Flower or Corn Moon

       Flowers bloom abundantly at this time, rabbits are born, and it's time to plant corn.

         June: Mead or Strawberry or Rose Moon

       Time to harvest the strawberries, make the mead, and in Europe, pick the roses.

         July: Hay or Thunder or Buck Moon

       Buck deer begin pushing out new antlers, it's time to mow hay, and lots of thunderstorms happen in July.

         August: Corn or Sturgeon Moon

       In the Great Lakes, sturgeon are abundant and easy to catch, and it's time to pick the corn. Some tribes also called this the Full Red Moon, which would make sense, given that some things are being harvested in August.

         September: Harvest Moon

       This moon may actually be in October some years, as it appears closest to the autumnal equinox. Often, farmers are working at the harvest until late at night at this time of year, and the moon appears to be orange because of all the dust and pollen they work up.

         October: Blood or Hunter's Moon

       After the harvest, the deer and fox and other animals are fattened and easier to spot, and it is time to hunt. Blood runs from the animals hunted, but also perhaps the moon still appears red in the sky.

         November: Snow or Beaver Moon

       This is the time of the first snow, and time to set the beaver traps before the swamps freeze, to ensure a warm supply of furs for winter. The beavers themselves are also preparing for winter.

         December: Cold Moon

       Nights are getting longer, and colder, and it's just plain cold.

One moon fact I never really thought about before: though the time of the full moon's appearance may differ, everyone in the world will see the same full moon on the same evening.


vintage wil said...

Beautiful piece!!

Terri Kahrs said...

Wow! Thanks so much for your great, informative post about the moon! Very interesting. Love your piece too with the bright full harvest moon. Beautiful! Hugs, Terri

Anonymous said...

Love your image...just beautiful.

Taluula said...

Wow, I have learned so much today about the Moon. Your Harvest Moon is beautiful.

indybev said...

I love the color and page design of your entry! Thanks for sharing the information on the moon. How intereting! Thanks also for joining in our challenge!

Willy said...

Your Harvest Moon is great!

Lori Saul said...

Wow- a stunning piece of art and a fabulous array of info about all things moon- Beautiful ,enjoyable post!

Shar said...

Beautiful scene! Just love your harvest moon!

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

Love all the moon lore, and your Harvest Moon creation is splendid!!!

sam21ski said...

WOW Laura it's absolutely fab, very mystical indeed xxxx

Artyjen said...

Love your harvest moon...looking forward to seeing the real one shortly! Thanks for the info

LiveArt said...

Gorgeous piece, wonderful moon and colours!!! Love all the moon info too!! Thanks for sharing!!


Ozstuff said...

First of all, your harvest moon, so beautifully designed, hit me in the eye like a bigga pizza pie! Stunning work. Then, I was bowled over by your thoughts on all facets of the moon which I found thoroughly fascinating. I'm sure all your blog friends appreciate the time and trouble you have taken to share your knowledge with us. Fantastic work.

Hella said...

this is a great moon!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Your card is stunning! Great artwork.

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit behind on the challenges, but I'm delighted to tell you your lovely harvest moon card has won our September challenge!

Well done


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