dailybell: 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

my birthday with a new old bell

June 15, 2019. Sunrise 5:46 AM.
San Francisco, CA.


The backyard on my birthday. Dreary, but such welcome quiet.

Thank you, Diane and Mike for the beautiful old bell!

USPS sunrise driver training

June 15, 2019. Sunrise 5:24 AM.
East New York, NY.



from Barbara Hertel : “I got up at 4:15 am today Saturday so I could get to my driving class at USPS in East New York by 6 am. Gateway National Park is the land in the background. This is from the parking lot at the Brooklyn distribution center.” Barbara is training to be a postal delivery person!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

drab and drizzled

June 14, 2019. Sunset 8:33 PM.
Richmond, CA.


Very Windy!

I ducked out into the parking lot between films at an ongoing series of presentations during the current exhibition “Spirit of Invention III” at the Bridge Storage and ArtSpace. The show runs through July and features the work of Bay Area instrument makers (much of it is interactive), films and performances. Stop by if you are in the Bay Area.

Friday, June 7, 2019

great set of pipes

June 7, 2019. Sunset 8:37 PM.
Mount Tabor, NJ.



Video from Norman Lowrey. And just when you think it's the most it can be, that bird pipes up!!! Norman says it’s a cardinal

Sunday, June 2, 2019

We miss you Bill

Sunset June 2, 2019.

Recent FL sunset from my friend Larry...
Bill’s Birthday- 10 years of no birthdays. I can’t imagine my baby brother as an “old man”.

thank you Joe

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Sunset on Heaven and Earth

May 11, 2019. Sunset 8:05 PM.
Fort Collins, CO.



Thank you Joe and Ella.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Noisy Spirits at Sunset

May 10, 2019. Sunset 8:07 PM.
Richmond, CA.



Opening evening sunset for Spirit of invention III at the Bridge Storage and ARTSpace in Richmond, CA. Curated by Peter Whitehead, this amazing collection of instruments and scheduled performances will be up and running through the summer. The place itself offers access to a 2200 square foot workspace & art gallery, shared art studio, woodshop, and sewing lab, with the same perks as more conventional coworking spaces. Bridge facilities include a commercial film stage/screening room which doubles as an event venue. It’s a bit out of the way but well worth a visit.
Thank you David Samas for capturing the moment!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

closing down

April 25, 2019. Sunset 7:53 PM.
Center for New Music. San Francisco.



Closing of the Bells exhibition at the Center for New Music. Curated by Bart Hopkin and David Samas, the show featured work by Paolo Soleri- Italian architect, designer and inventor of the wind bell with features a sail on the clapper. It was an honor to participate along with other artists from the Bay Area and to end the closing evening with the gentle bell ringing.
Thank you, David for the video.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Passover Sunset and Easter Sunrise

April 19, 2019. Sunset 7:48 PM.
San Francisco, CA.




Counting our Blessings.

April 21, 2019. Sunrise 6:27 AM.
San Francisco, CA.




Praying them forward.

Passover sunset and Easter Sunrise

DB4_19_19. Sunset 7:48 PM.
4_21_19. Sunrise 6:27 AM.
San Francisco, CA.
Counting our blessings. Praying them forward.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy Equilux 2019!

March 17, 2019.
San Francisco, CA.


Unless you live at the Equator, the balance of light and dark does not occur on the Equinox. As you move North, it occurs earlier (and v.v.)
At this latitude the sun rose and set at 7:18 and 7:19 on March 17 neatly dividing and balancing the amount of time we spent in the light and the night. So happy Equilux whenever it occurs for you. (Happy St. Patrick’s Day, too).

Friday, March 8, 2019

Daylight Shifty Time

March 8, 2019. Sunset 6:09 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Whoa- lots of changes in March--

Daylight Savings Time-- looming (3/10).
Welcome?  Longer days? Nope. More light at the end of the day and darker mornings. Offset by a jolt and a jab.

Also-
At this latitude--
3/16 Equilux (equal day and night Sunrise and Sunset 7:30).
Calendar to find your most balanced day of light.
3/20 Equinox 21:58 (9:58 PM) GMT. Time converter for Equinox where you live.

See you on the flip side :)

Friday, March 1, 2019

one more blink of the eye and the day is done!

March 1, 2019. Sunset 6:23 PM.
Casey Key, Florida.


Check this sunset pic from my old friend Larry...someplace in FL (I think)

Thank you Joe for this one-

Saturday, February 23, 2019

More Light! Popcorn chicken

February 23, 2019. Sunset 5:56 PM.
San Francisco, CA.



The shortest month is bringing the most light to each day so far. As we plunge towards the Equinox on March 20th, our days (at this latitude) are expanding at a rate of almost 20 minutes per week. Notwithstanding the exaggerated impression of longer days that DST will bring, we will actually be living with almost an hour more sunshine on the Equinox!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our Trip around the sun

OK—this is a new insight that I am just realizing that you may also enjoy. It’s exciting to me because it’s something about huge planetary relationships that I can grasp on a human scale. It’s a combination of things we know with things we can imagine. See if this makes sense (or if it's even true).

How do we get from the shortest day of the year to the longest? It depends on where we live in relation to the poles and the equator.


Imagine tossing a ball into the air. When it reaches the top of its arc, you can imagine that it’s momentarily motionless. That’s like the Earth at the edges of the ellipse in its orbit. Those are the Solstices—that sense of suspension when the sunrise and sunset times flatten out for days or weeks at a time depending on your latitude—before opening up to earlier sunrises and later sunsets.

If you live at the Equator, you don’t need to toss the ball very far as your daylight doesn’t fluctuate so much throughout the year. Live at the poles where the sun doesn’t rise or set at the extreme arcs? You’d have to throw the ball so hard it would disappear for a moment.

Most of us are grateful for every little bit of increasing light we get these days. And right now – in the Northern Hemisphere, those of us further North have more darkness everyday than those of us living closer to the Equator- BUT!!! BIG CONSOLATION PRIZE. The Northern days are getting lighter much faster- by minutes per day (Iceland) instead of a few seconds per day (Malaysia).

This seemed like cheerful news and worth sharing.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Light Expanding from Both Ends of the Day!

January 13, 2019. Sunrise 7:25 AM.
San Francisco, CA.



Last of 13 days in a row of the latest sunrise time in the yearly cycle! Since 12/30 the sun has risen at 7:25 AM. Tomorrow begins its creep into earlier and earlier daylight- expanding the light part of the day from both ends. YAY!




We are at the end of that little straight line of purple dots.

Monday, January 7, 2019

First of the New Year best hits from Joe

January 7, 2019. Sunrise 7:23 AM.
Philadelphia, PA.



Good morning PHL. (Going to Denver)
-Joe P.


Yo sun watchers! Check my old friend Patti’s pic from her visit to Ft. Myers...Nice!
(No date)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

In With the New

January 1, 2019. Midnight and 7:20 AM Sunrise.
Williamsburg, NY.


She’s still waiting.

Happy New Year! Wishing a better year for all of us!