Saturday, June 27, 2015

Congratulations Mia and Neil

June 27 2015. Sunset 8:31 PM
Long Island City, NY

Wedding bells!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Solstice Sunset at Garden of Memory

Sunset 8:34 PM. Oakland, CA
June 21, 2015

ckusalsa from YouTube shot a better quality video than I did so I hope they don't mind my sharing it here. The whole evening was amazing. Many thanks to Sarah Cahill and all the other performers who made it possible.

And hooray and thanks to all who participated in the sunset bell ringing. What a fabulous noise!!

Happy Summer Solstice - loud and clear!

Sunset 8:34 PM. Chapel of the Chimes 
June 21, 2015. Solstice. Oakland, CA  
My video of the sunset bell ringing didn't turn out too bad after all so here is another view of the sunset observance. It was really great!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Earliest Sunrise Bottoms Out

June 10, 2015 
Sunrise 5:47 AM. San Francisco, CA

Beginning today and for the next 9 days, the sunrise will be at its earliest moment for the year (at this latitude). By the Solstice, it will already have been rising later, squeezing daylight away from the morning side of things.

I love how this happens. The longest day is on the Solstice, but that is not because it is the earliest sunrise and latest sunset of the year. It’s not that symmetrical. Check out this chart from 2008 to see how rates of slowdown and expansion work for each end of the day and enjoy the sound of the earliest sunrise of the year. (It’s been the same every year so far)

Listen. It was raining this morning!!!

If you are interested in finding out when sunrise in your location “bottoms out”, go to sunrisesunset.com and plug in your location.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day May Day

May 1, 2015

Sunrise 6:15 AM.

Although it may seem trivial or silly in the light of the tremendous weight and darkness and horror of what is happening in the world, Lucy, my goldfish of 20 years passed away recently. She outlived 2 companions, several tumors and spent the last year and a half partially paralyzed from a stroke. An enthusiastic eater and cheerful companion to the end - we miss her.

Sunset 7:59 PM

The Cardew Choir celebrated their 14th Anniversary with a concert this evening at Berkeley Arts. Named in honor and in the spirit of Cornelius Cardew, the ensemble is deeply committed to values of community and egalitarianism and May Day is an especially significant day as it commemorates International Workers Day. As always, I enjoyed the ensemble’s well-rehearsed performances and commitment to their original ideals and inspiration. Many thanks for beginning the evening with a sunset bell ringing!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Anzac Day 2015

April 25, 2015. 

Sunrise 6:21AM. Nobby’s Beach, New Castle, New South Wales

This sunrise video was taken by my friend, Lynne Piade at the Dawn Service commemoration of Anzac Day. Originally a day of remembrance for the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915, Anzac Day is a day of observance for all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all the “wars, conflictsand peace keeping operations”.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Good Morning Austin!

April 23, 2015. 
Sunrise 6:56 AM. Austin, TX.

Thank you Ginger Miles for this quiet, green morning. So many birds!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

dirty cars and parched earth

April 22, 2015. Earth Day
Sunset 7:51PM. San Francisco.

My little piece of parched earth.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Is it Spring yet? Please

April 6, 2015
Sunset 7:24 PM. Brooklyn, NY 

Even though I announce the time and call it the sunrise- it’s really the sunset. 7:24 AM happens in deep, dark winter. And today felt like the tipping point into Spring- No buds on the trees yet and I know there will be one more snowfall this month (there always is) but it felt great!

I love these bells.

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!