Harvest Moonday

October the 5th 2017 on Tiree was the occasion of the Harvest Moon.
In the Northern Hemisphere the Harvest Moon rose late this year.
Usually it occurs before the equinox in September.
In 2017 the Harvest Moon was in October.

The Harvest Moon seen at Midnight from Scarinish on the Isle of Tiree

A Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.
This year’s Autumnal equinox landed on the 22nd of September.
Thus the full moon on October 5th was the Harvest Moon.

The full moon rose over Mull around sunset on the 5 October.
Shortly after midnight it climbed to its highest point in the sky.
Around midnight it was to the south of our home.
When out of the fluffy clouds it was so bright.

An image from ‘Star Walk HD’ relating to the position of the moon from our home

The name Harvest Moon is said to come from the time
when farmers need to start gathering in crops
to prepare for the winter months.
They bright light of the full moon
helped extend the working day.

Low Tide at Gott Bay, Isle of Tiree

With the full moon comes both very high and very low tides.
This was highlighted by the vast expanse of sand in Gott Bay at low tide.
Having occasion to drive along the road by Gott Bay this fact was observed first hand.

Another view of the vast expanse of exposed sand at Gott Bay

The next stop on the drive was at Milton at the East end of the island.
Cattle were grazing in front of Loch an Duin below Dun Mor.
There was almost a Highland feel to the scene

Cattle in front of Dun More at Milton

Although bright there was the occasional shower.
With sunshine and showers come attractive rainbows.
From the East end of the island I then had to drive to the West end.
En route I stopped briefly at Heanish to photograph a complete rainbow arch.

The rainbow arch view from Heanish

Earlier in the morning a British warship was to be seen in the Passage of Tiree.
It was one of a number vessels taking part in a naval exercise in the Hebrides.
This exercise has had a detrimental effect on some island communications.

A British Warship far out in the Passage of Tiree

Sunset was a fleeting affair.
It was masked to a degree by the clouds.
In fact the clouds cast doubt on observing the Harvest Moon.

The Morning after the Harvest Moon dawned calm and bright.
At the pier in Gott Bay the water was mirror like.
The view was pleasing to the eye.

With the ferry berthed the morning flight from Glasgow flew overhead.
This was followed shortly afterwards by an ambulance plane.
And after that came a low-flying military aircraft.

The view across the Passage of Tiree towards the Ross of Mull

This is ‘Life on Tiree’ on Harvest Moonday.

Harvest Moon