Sunday, April 13, 2014


Sunday, April 13, 2014
Sunset 7:43 PM. Daly City, CA

Exciting news for all skywatchers

I thought I'd use this evening’s sunset update as an opportunity to alert/remind everyone of an exciting planetary event that will occur overnight this Monday into Tuesday: a total lunar eclipse - the first of a series four consecutive total eclipses – 

This series, called a tetrad, will occur over the next 2 years and will be visible from North America. Because the eclipse turns the moon red, it has been called a Blood Moon

It also coincides nicely with Passover and Tax day.
Biblical references to the Blood Moon  
Total eclipse times- various cities:
East coast 3AM (4/15/14)
West Coast Midnight tonight

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick and the Equilux

Sunrise 7/19 AM Sunset 7:18 PM
March 17, 2014
San Francisco 

For the sunrise I usually face east for a more direct view of the change in light. However, knowing that I was going to document both the sunrise and sunset, I decided to face the Pacific Ocean in the morning. And there was the moon! Hanging over the sea, on it’s way down.

So here is a nice view from the middle of the street on the day of the nearest balance of light and darkness as we approach the Equinox. To find out which day the Equilux occurs at your latitude- click here and enter your location.

Do you see the flare at sunset? Can that be the “green flash”? I have only seen it through a camera lens. Has anyone ever seen it with his or her bare eyes?

On the move into the light- Happy Spring!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Saving it for what?

Sunsets: March 8, 2014: Sunset 6:09 PM
March 9, 2014: Sunset 7:10 PM
San Francisco

One view. 2 days.

I hate when this happens. 
Welcome to Daylight Savings time. Again.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

In loving memory-- Sheila Kaplan Davis 1954-2014

March 4, 2014 

Sunrise 6:38 AM. San Francisco

My grandmother lived above her grandmother’s store when they were both raising their children. Her mother and my mother would get on the phone after dinner and keep each other company the rest of the evening until one of them fell asleep. Sheila and I were born within 3 months of one another (she was younger as she would want everyone to know). We got into a lot of trouble together in High School and then saw one another sporadically over the years. I always felt close to Sheila and took our special connection for granted.

I found out last night that she passed away after a long illness I knew nothing about.

It was with great sadness and regret that I observed the sunrise this morning and dedicate this moment to my friend’s memory. Goodbye Sheila. This world is a poorer place without you in it.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Sunrise on the Horse!

January 31, 2014
Sunrise 7:15 AM. San Francisco

I wondered if we could actually hear the moment when the sun crosses the horizon.

(In this recording it happens during the passing of the streetcar at 7:15 AM)
Happy New Year of the Wood Horse!

Friday, January 10, 2014

the back way to JFK

January 8, 2014. 
Sunset 4:45 PM. Brooklyn, NY

Riding to the airport on all the little back streets in Brooklyn during rush hour. The driver was amazing. I had no idea where we were but he just whirled and twirled his way along. The tiny buzz of the various radio voices inside the car and the hum and thunks of the tires on the roadway were so inviting that I decided to record it along with the sunset. The photo was really an afterthought.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Twirling around in the middle of the street scanning for the sounds of midnight as we tick over into the new year. Warmest wishes for your health, happiness and heart's desire!

This marks the beginning of the 7th year for the daily bell. wooo.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Solstice 2013!

December 21, 2013. Brooklyn, NY
Sunrise 7:16 AM Sunset 4:31 PM 

This is a little bracket of the shortest day of the year- observed through my kitchen window by the Williamsburg Bridge. 

FYI The sunset time had flattened out for several weeks while the sun continued (and still does) to rise later each day. That's why the days were still shrinking-- not because of a closing in from either end. By this time next week, the sunrise and sunset will be moving away from one another once again and what has been a very slow creep into darkness will start to open much more rapidly into the light.

So Happy Solstice- And here we go again!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

First time in 125 years!

November 28, 2013. Albany CA. 

Sunset 4:51 PM

A once in a lifetime (or 2) convergence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah. Celebration at sunset. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

All Souls Alert!

Remembering the Dead ... (and also to turn the clocks back)
sunset 10-31-13 6:13 PM

I was planning to capture the sunset on Halloween 

and the sunrise the following morning on Day of the Dead. (That’s also All Saints’ Day, which has quite a different flavor than Dia de los Muertos, especially here in San Francisco).

sunrise 11-1-12  7:35 AM

But then I had a quick peek of the last bit of sun sinking into the ocean that I saw from the Safeway parking lot on what we use to call “Mischief Night” – the day before Halloween. So I grabbed that, too.

sunset 10-30-13 6:14 PM

Today, November 2nd is the third day (All Souls' Day) of Hallowmas—traditionally a period in many cultures dedicated to remembering the dead. So I make this little 3-day offering in that spirit (even though the whole thing is shifted by a day).

The fact that we turn back our clocks later today, on All Souls Day, seems especially significant somehow- gaining an hour of life (which most of us will happily sleep away).