Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Shine On Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon brightened up the night sky as soon as the sun set.
For several days before and after the full moon, the moon hangs in the sky like a great, glowing lantern and prolongs the light far after sunset. It rises about the time the sun sets, but more importantly, at this time of year, instead of rising at its normal average of 40 minutes later each day, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night.
This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, the name “Harvest” Moon!
Simply magical !

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!
All things are symbols: the external shows
Of Nature have their image in the mind,
As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,
Only the empty nests are left behind,
And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


laurie said...

Simply perfect!

Plain Jane said...


Kathy said...

What a gorgeous picture! I didn't know why it was called a Harvest Moon. Thanks for the information. So interesting!

Rob said...

I like the silhouettes if the trees.

Edna B said...

That's a beautiful photo of the night sky, and I enjoyed the poem. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Rose said...

Such a beautiful image...beautiful poem.

Henny Penny said...

That about the Harvest Moon is so interesting. The picture is beautiful.