Strawberry Moon

2016 is a Leap Year.
This makes Monday 20th June the Summer Solstice.
This evening is a full moon known as the “Strawberry Moon’.
“Having a full moon land smack on the solstice is a truly rare event,”
In the northern hemisphere this is the day with the longest hours of daylight.
On the Isle of Tiree the sun rose this morning at 4:36 and set at 22:22.
Unlike recent days there was no colourful display at sunset.

When the flight from Glasgow made its approach the sky was blue.
By sunset clouds had begun to dominate the evening sky.
Would we be able to see the ‘Strawberry Moon?

The strawberry moon is not strawberry red.
It was believed to signal the start of the strawberry picking season.
It can be a warm amber in colour and is also known as the ‘Honey moon’

Strawberry Moon low in the sky - some cloud cover
Strawberry Moon low in the sky – some cloud cover

Thankfully at first we will not notice the daylight hours getting shorter.
Certainly, by the time we get into August it will begin to show.
Therefore make the most of the gloaming.

Full Moon cut in half by cloud cover, just before it completely disappeared.
Full Moon cut in half by cloud cover – just before it completely disappeared.

This Life on Tiree on the night of the Honey or Strawberry Moon

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