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What is a Harvest Moon?

Updated on July 29, 2013

The Beautiful Harvest Moon - Autumn's Masterpiece

I grew up in the United States Midwest. I can always remember seeing the misty or orange moons and thinking about Fall and the beginning of Winter.

Until recently, I didn't know a lot about them. This website is not only about displaying the beauty of the Harvest Moon, but also has some fun trivia, quizzes and quotes.

I hope you enjoy them and think they are as beautiful as I think they are! Enjoy and please leave comments below!

Thanks for visiting!

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Harvest Moon by Neil Young - Soundtrack - Select "Play" enjoy your browse!

The Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon is not only the song by Neil Young, or the electronic game, it has been around for thousands of years.

Many have stood in awe and stared at the glowing or orange moon that you see around Fall. I personally thought there were many of them in a year but found out recently that there is only one. The Harvest Moon is the full moon that is closest to the Autumnal Equinox. It either occurs in late September or early October.

There is a confusion between the Harvest Moon and the Hunter's Moon because the Hunter's Moon is the first full moon after the Harvest Moon and most always occurs in October. So, when you hear someone say that it was a beautiful Harvest Moon and it is near Halloween, they are mistaken!

I hope this information helped you to clear up the difference and what the Harvest Moon is. Now, sit back and enjoy the show. I would suggest clicking on turning up your sound and clicking the link above with Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" so you can have a soundtrack while you enjoy the site!

Scary Harvest Moon

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Harvest Moon That Needs Some Visine!

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harvest moon

"...And Fall, with her yeller harvest moon and the hills growin' brown and golden under a sinkin' sun."

Roy Bean

Harvest Moon Over the Game Field

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harvest moon

Many Many Moon Jewelry Products! - You can all be Moonies!

Blurry Red Eyeball Harvest Moon

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harvest moon

Big Pinkish-Yellow Harvest Moon

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harvest moon

Books and Publications of the Moon - Is it really made of cheese?

Harvest Moon Going to School

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harvest moon

"For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.

For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."

Edwin Way Teale

Misty Yellow Harvest Moon

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harvest moon

Harvest Moon Before the Harvest

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harvest moon

Every Month's Moon Has a Name? - I didn't know myself until recenty!

I had no idea until recently that ever month's moon has an official name. I wanted to share these names because I had no idea and thought this was truly interesting! Have fun browsing and hopefully you learned something, as did I!

  • January - The Wolf moon
  • February - The Snow moon
  • March - The Storm moon
  • April - The Pink moon
  • May - The Flower moon
  • June - The Strawberry moon
  • July - The Buck moon
  • August - The Sturgeon moon
  • September - The Harvest moon
  • October - The Hunter's moon
  • November - The Beaver moon
  • December - The Cold moon

"There is a harmony

In autumn, and a lustre in its sky,

Which through the summer is not heard or seen,

As if it could not be, as if it had not been!"

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Creepy Wavy Harvest Moon

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harvest moon

Almost to the Harvest Moon, Get Your Landing Gear Out!

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harvest moon

"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting

and autumn a mosaic of them all."

Stanley Horowitz

It's Getting Dark, You Better Get Home! Follow the Harvest Moon!

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harvest moon

Harvest Moon Over the City

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Australian Harvest Moon

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Did you know about the Harvest Moon being only once a year? - Inquiring minds want to know...also, we would appreciate your comments!

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    • Ardyn25 profile image


      6 years ago

      Another awesome lens. I really enjoyed it, the photo's are stunning. Great job!

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      6 years ago

      I love your website...these are always so interesting....even tho my answers are always Scotts answers are always right , BUT......Dakotah & I beg to differ.

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @FallenAngel 483: Thanks for the visit!

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      FallenAngel 483 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful photos and I learned a few things I didn't know. Looking forward to the harvest moon this year. Thanks for making such a great lens.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens!

    • tvyps profile imageAUTHOR

      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Jefff Molnar: Moons have always been fascinating to me also. I am glad you enjoyed the lens and thanks for the visit!

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      Jeff Molnar 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love the lens and I truly learned something about harvest moons. I love the trivia as well. Great lens....Blessed!

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @BarbaraCasey: Thanks Barbara, Ditto!

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      6 years ago

      I love lenses that teach me something new. Thanks!

    • tvyps profile imageAUTHOR

      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @favored: Thank you for visiting. In a month, please tell your dog not to go bark at it! ha!

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes, but it's been a while since I have read about it. Thanks for the refresher.

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      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great Lense, love the quiz the pictures are beautiful.

    • tvyps profile imageAUTHOR

      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @SgtCecil: Thank you. I do love the Autumn!

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      Cecil Kenmill 

      6 years ago from Osaka, Japan

      Fascinating lens. Beautiful pictures.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      I always thought a harvest moon was a general term for the moon in autumn. Hmmm.

    • KarenTBTEN profile image


      7 years ago

      I just found out about the Harvest Moon. There is a calendar/ newsletter in the elevator at my apartment building that contains some interesting tidbits. This is an appealing page with something to teach us about the moon. SquidAngel blessings.


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