Harvest Moon in the Window

Harvest Moon in the Window

Harvest Moon in the Window

The Harvest Moon peaks through a natural window in sandstone towers at sunset.  The layers of colors in the sandstone compliment the colorful layers of the Northern New Mexico sky at sunset.  This image is real, as I saw it with the moon rising in this notch.  It is not faked or a composite, it is the result of careful planning.

The Story Behind the Photo

For many years I had wanted to capture the full moon rising in this notch formed by sandstone towers in Northern New Mexico.  After some measurements in the field I was ready to give it a try.  Calculating the exact time and place to see the moon was tricky since the notch is so narrow. Read More

The Harvest Moon

What is so special about the “Harvest Moon” ?

The Harvest Moon is defined to be the Full Moon closest to the Fall (Autumnal) Equinox.  It usually occurs in the month of September, however some years the Harvest Moon occurs in October.  During this time of year the plane of the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is at a shallower angle with the horizon on Earth as compared to spring time.Read More

The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is tilted 5 degrees to the Plane of the Ecliptic (the plane of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun).  In the Northern Hemisphere, when the ecliptic intersects with equatorial plane, the Fall Equinox, the Moon’s orbit is at a lower angle to the horizon — the time of the Harvest Moon.

“Harvest Moon in the Window”