The 2017 Harvest Moon hanging over Floyd County at 11:14 p.m. Thursday.

It hung there in all her glory, the Harvest Moon of October 2017, in the dark sky over Floyd County and Southwestern Virginia late Thursday night and into the wee hours of Friday.

I try to shoot the Harvest Moon each year, if the weather permits, and the weather was more than perfect on this October 5, 2017.

For those curious about the photo:  I was shot with a Canon 5D MKIII with an 80-200 mm f/2.8 zoom with a 2x Canon Teleconverter on it, giving the camera an effective focal length of 400mm.  Exposure was 125th of a second at f:8 at ISO 800.

More information, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

When is the Harvest Moon?

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. This usually means it coincides with the September full Moon, though it can also fall nearer to the October full Moon, occurring anywhere from two weeks before to two weeks after the equinox.

In 2017, the Harvest Moon will rise on October 5 at 2:40 P.M. EDT.

Why is it Called the Harvest Moon?

For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an  abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon!

Enjoy frolicking in the moonlight.