Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest to the autumn equinox.  This year the equinox was on the September 22nd but we have had to wait until today for a full moon.  The last time the Harvest Moon was in October was back in 2009 and will not occur again until 2020.

October Harvest Moon - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4858

October Harvest Moon – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4858

Only one place to go – the magical summit of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.

Harvest Moon

A clear night was promised by the Met Office so I got up early to climb up the Tor.  On reaching the summit, I looked back to see Glastonbury bathed in moon light.

October Harvest Moon - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4836

October Harvest Moon – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4836

The moon was setting in the west and the sun was raising in the east.  I had hoped the moon would shine through the archway of the Tor.  No such luck.

October Harvest Moon - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4840

October Harvest Moon – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4840The light around the moon was amazing.  It was sitting in a thick layer of pink sky that I assume was created by a combination of bright moon light and the glow of the approaching dawn.

October Harvest Moon - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4858

October Harvest Moon – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 823_4858

I forgot to watch the moonset.  My head was turned in the opposite direction toward the sun that was rising directly behind Kings Alfred’s Tower.

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