Recently someone asked me if I knew what a Harvest Moon was. Harvest Moon? No clue. So he sent me the picture featured in the header of this blog, a picture he took at his parents’ house in South Dakota. It was intensely beautiful, and I had never seen anything like it. That’s the moon rising over the horizon, not the sun going down.

A Harvest Moon, I have since learned, occurs near the autumnal equinox, when the moonrise and sunset are very close together. It allows northern farmers to use the extra light from the full moon to work later into the evening harvesting crops; hence the name harvest moon.

I love that this world I live in can still surprise me with how beautiful and unexpected it is.