Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Light Balance

March 18, 2015

Sunrise and Sunset 7:04. Brooklyn, NY

This Friday, March 20th we celebrate the first day of spring and the vernal Equinox. And unless you live at the equator, you should also be able to celebrate the fact that we have already passed into longer days. It may be only by a minute or two, but we’re headed into the light.

FYI-Another bonus is the supermoon that will rise on the evening of the 20th. And if you live on the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, you will have a great view of the total solar eclipse during the day. (partial eclipse location info here)

It’s an unusually big kick off this year- Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sprung ahead 2015

March 8, 2015

Sunset 7:09 PM. San Francisco, CA

Well, this is the first of many sunsets in what has become the predominant time schedule for the year. Every year brings an outcry to kill off the sudden jolt to DST. However, as we now spend almost 8 months of the year observing Daylight Savings Time, while making only a brief nod to what used to be Standard time during the darkest days of the year, it doesn’t seem very likely we will stop. 

I do like the idea of a smooth, continuous cycling through the year- with no abrupt changes. But, which way would we go? Where would we stay? In Standard Time with earlier sunsets in the summer? I really enjoy those late night twilights. Or in Daylight Savings Time, where if we maintained it during the winter, it would still be dark at 8:00 in the morning.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SMIP: Syntex Made It Possible

March 4, 2015

Sunset 6:05 PM. Woodside, CA

Besides the revolution in reproductive freedom for women, the work and legacy of Carl Djerassi continues to make many things possible- including this gentle moment. Pauline Oliveros makes this sunset offering during a gathering at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program as part of the 20th anniversary of Other Minds


Sunday, February 15, 2015

More quiet times...one month later...

February 15, 2015
Sunset 5:34PM. Lambertville, NJ

 Sitting in same chairs. Watching same TV. Dog still sleeping.  What's changed? It's much colder outside. The sunset is 45 minutes later. There are 3 of us (besides the dog) ringing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (instead of Blue Bloods). 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Waking up the groundhog?

February 2, 2015
Sunrise 7:05 AM. Brooklyn, NY

Snowy and dark. No groundhogs in sight. Not a bad idea.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Quiet times

Sunset 4:58 PM. Lambertville, NJ

Just sharing a quiet moment at sunset in New Jersey with my dad, his friend’s poodle and Blue Bloods.

PS- If you would like to subscribe to the dailybell this year by contributing your own observations, please let me know by leaving a comment here. I will add you as an author to that blog and you can post as often as you like.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Subscription plans

Today is the beginning of the 8th year of the dailybell!

This year, I would like to invite you to subscribe to the dailybell by making a non-monetary contribution.

This subscription is one where you contribute by pledging a day or series of days to observe and share a sunrise and/or sunset of your own. All you need to do is observe the sunrise/sunset of your choice and share it in some way. 

If you like, you can let me know that you would like to subscribe and I will add your name to those with posting privileges. Then you can post it yourelf, directly to the dailybell subscription blog. Please include at least the date, time and location. Any other information would be great!

Or you may want to share/post it with other dailybell observations on the dailybell sunwatch page on Facebook (if you have an account). 


1 day per year- good plan for commemorating a birthday, anniversary or dedication
___ sunrise
___ sunset
_________ date

1 day per month- a nice way to track the seasons and change of light

___ sunrise
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1 day per week- dedicated practice

___ sunrise
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daily- diehard

___ sunrise
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As often or infrequently as you like

___ sunrise
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If you would like to be a regular contributor and would like a reminder, please let me know.

Sunrise Sunset Calendar: Type in your location and it will tell you the times the sun rises and sets wherever you are.

New Year's Eve on Broadway in Brooklyn.

January 1, 2015. 

Followed by sunrise at 7:20AM from the same intersection. Ghost sounds of celebration linger into the morning.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, peaceful and fun 2015!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Season's Greetings!!

the tiny turnaround...

The sun set during my rush hour commute on Dec. 15 at 4:52 PM.  It was the first day of the turnaround, where the sun finally began setting later even as the sunrise continued to do the same, only at a faster pace. (Hence the still shrinking days). 
Now with the Solstice just past, we are surely heading towards the light. Hopefully with the holidays upon us, we can momentarily skip the daily commute and celebrate the season.
Best wishes and Happy Holidays to everyone!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bottoming Out!

November 30, 2014

Sunset 4:51 PM. San Francisco

Tonight is the earliest that the sun will set this year (for this latitude, at least). It will continue to set at 4:51 PM for the next 12 days before it once again opens up the day and begins to set later. All of this before the Winter Solstice. How can this be, you may ask. Ah, well :) The daylight continues to shrink because the sun is still rising later each day- eventually culminating on the shortest day a few weeks from now.

I love this graceful and uneven approach to the Solstice and hope you enjoy this little factoid as much as I do.