dailybell: 2020

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Seattle Sunset 9/20 7:11 PM; Sunrise Equinox 6:30/6:57 AM


Thick wildfire smoke descends along the West Coast.
It passes here. 
The great RGB passes. 
Another heavy cloud descends. 
Equinox and the seasonal change, bringing changes.

~ Caterina De Re

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Day 165 Community effort.

Sunset 7: PM. September 2, 2020. Sunset 7:36 PM
San Francisco, CA.

I love seeing friends and neighbors carrying on the tradition while keeping Norman company. The constant bleakness is in such contrast to the places I pass through. It’s weirdly grounding, though. Home.
Day 165 Sheltering in place.

Resting off the road

Sunset 7:57 PM. September 2, 2020.
Emigrant, MT.


Ringing bells again with Lisa and Will at sunset, just before another delicious meal in the most spectacular venue ever. There was zero wind this evening, so I recorded Will’s bells, while adding a few little tinkly sounds of my own.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

more fresh air

September 1, 2020. Sunset in North Crescent Bay Park in Laguna Beach at 7:15 from Elisabeth Beaird and Richard Marriott- also seeing the sun for a change.

Looks so nice-- The ocean is a miracle.

Day 164 forlorn

Sunset 7:39 PM. September 1, 2020.
San Francisco, CA.


Cold. Cloudy. Lonely. (such a contrast with this evening in Montana). Sorry Norman.
Day 164 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other -- BH

At ease- Emigrant, MT

Sunset 7:58 PM. September 1, 2020. Emigrant, MT.
Staying with my sister Lisa and Will for a few days before hitting the road again. Will made those bells- if it's not too windy tomorrow, I'll record them-- delicate and pure tones. Dingdong- M3 doorbell interval
This was sunset from her front yard. You can't see it, but the Yellowstone River runs down there long before you hit those mountains in the distance.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Day 163 San Francisco. Day 2 Cross Country journey- Idaho

August 31, 2020. Sunsets- 8:39 PM San Francisco/ 8:04 PM
near Pocatello, ID.


It’s so good to see our neighbors from across the street who have been putting up with the bell ringing since 2008—Thank you for keeping Norman company! Hello to Bernie and Mardi, too.
Day 163 Sheltering in place.

I miss our sunsets on the sidewalk. Here is a photo of the Sunset at 8:04 PM from the highway 86 between American Falls and Pocatello ID. Traveled today from Reno- heading to Emigrant, MT to stay with my sister.- BH

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Day 162 Norman takes over

August 30, 2020. Sunset 7:4o PM.
San Francisco, CA.


THANK YOU Norman for holding down the fort at home, ringing the big bell on the sidewalk with Bernie and Mardi this evening.
Day 162 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.-- BH

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Day 161 bon voyage

August 29, 2020. Sunset 7:42 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Thank you Bernie, Mardi and Matt for joining us this evening- It was pretty nice – the grey fog MINUS the smoke. I’m looking forward to clearer skies as I make my way across the US. I need to go to New York to see my father-- I am driving and camping out in the backyards of friends and family between here and there— COVID safe as possible.
Norman will continue to hold down the fort here – ringing the big bell on the sidewalk every night. I will also be ringing every sunrise and sunset across the Northern US, sharing them as we share the sky --- (but not with actual daily documentation)😬
Day 161 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Friday, August 28, 2020

Day 160 big bell little bell

August 28, 2020. Sunset 7:43 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Our cat opened the window sometime in the night (yes she can do that—long story) and we woke up coughing from the smoke this morning. The streetlight is on early as it’s darker than usual at this time. Greetings from both of us!
Day 160 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Day 159 new observer

August 27, 2020. Sunset 7:45 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Elisabeth and Richard joined us again this evening. We seem to have attracted a new fan – the dog two doors down who usually barks all the time- was watching from his window. He seemed interested and calm for a change. Noisy must be his native tongue.
Day 159 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Day 158 almost ready for Prime Time

August 26, 2020. Sunset 7:46 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Another dark sunset. This one was brightened up with a few new visitors who brought more bells and gongs. This incarnation of the Six feet of Separation Ensemble actually found their groove AND an ending. It was a joyous moment - (Listen) Thank you guys! Elisabeth Beaird and Ora Shulman on gongs, Richard Marriott and Dan Harder on gankogui and Norman Tuck on the Big Bell (as usual).
Day 158 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Day 157 momentary reprieve

August 25, 2020. Sunset 7:48 PM.
San Francisco, CA.




A few hours of lovely, relatively fresh air made lingering outdoors possible. Thank you to Thea from across the Bay and Matt from across the street for joining us this evening. (Nice foot technique)
Day 157 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Monday, August 24, 2020

Day 156 Congratulations!!

August 24, 2020. Sunset 7:49 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Extra bits of good news today—NO lightning storms today AND my friend Penelope’s niece and her sweetheart got engaged last night. It’s so great to have something wonderful to celebrate. We wish them much happiness going forward. (Did you hear the dove flying by near the end)???
Day 156 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Day 155 it's starting to drizzle

August 23, 2020. Sunset 7:50 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


You notice how dark it is already? All the streetlights are lit.
And just as we were putting the bell away, it started to drizzle! We’re expecting more lightning strikes tonight- so praying that it helps in advance—
Day 155 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Day 154 that rosy glow is hard on the lungs

August 22, 2020. Sunset 7:52 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


A new fire just 20 miles south of here – brought under control this afternoon—the smoke swirling and covering large areas overhead. That rosy glow is hard on the lungs, though the sky is clear enough to see that sliver of new moon. Day 154 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Heartbreak for 100 years

August 21, 2020.

The smoke has been shifting all day- Big Basin is an old growth Redwood forest nearby and it has burned all the way from the town of Boulder out to the ocean. There was a major fire there 100 years ago and it came back- It was the first Redwood forest I had ever seen and one of my favorite places to visit since I first arrived in the Bay Area over 40 years ago.
Hopefully it will regenerate, though sadly not in our lifetime — a gift and refuge for future generations.

Day 153 momentary reprieve

August 21, 2020. Sunset 7:53 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Suddenly – we have an oasis of clear, fresh air—it’s a miraculous little bubble along the coast-- with a sliver of a new moon visible through the wires.
Day 153 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Sunrise by the lake- Alyce

East Providence, RI Sunrise 6am Friday Aug 21, 2020.

Sending a calm scene from yesterday morning along the East Bay Bike Path…
Sent with love!
--Alyce Santoro

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Day 152 smoke is not the same grey as fog

August 20, 2020. Sunset 7:55 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Now the sky is grey from the smoke. That streetlight hardly ever comes on before the sun sets.
Day 152 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

who knew New Jersey could look so good

August 20, 2020. Sunset 7:46 PM.
Lincoln Park, NJ.


from my friend Ana Léon--- Just missed the sunset but what a great hour to see New Jersey— Thank you Ana!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Day 151 that beautiful sunset is hard on the lungs

August 19, 2020. Sunset 7:56 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


That lovely smear of color last night was not a good thing. Our deepest gratitude to the latest essential workers fighting these new fires so close to home. Guest bell ringer this evening- Richard Pinegar. Thank you and Elisabeth for trekking over here in the smoky haze this evening.
Day 151 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Day 150 more cars less birds

August 18, 2020. Sunset 7:57 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


I love this smear of colors.
Day 150 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

are trees good listeners?

August 18, 2020

A lovely idea in any event
-- I personally would love to have a conversation with trees. I wonder if they argue or tell jokes. I'll bet they are good listeners.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Day 149 can you hear from there?

August 17, 2020. Sunset 7:59 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


There’s a lot more traffic these days- the distant hum has picked up as well as the local cars passing by. We’re still staying close to home.

Thank you, Mardi and Bernie for capturing the sunset on your way home — I wonder if the bell was still in earshot for you there.
Day 149 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Day 148 bell ringing gif!!

August 16, 2020. Sunset 8:00 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Windy cool and clear. Perpetual ringing... :)
Day 148 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Day 147 not totally hunkering down

August 15, 2020. Sunset 8:01 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


So warm- windows open. Some neighbors stepped outside. We heard someone yelling up the street- "thank you health care workers" and something about the bell ringing. A woman paused with her bike a few feet away while we rang the bell. This bubble held us for a moment - it was almost like holding your breath. Plus it was so warm-- (no winter coat). It’s really nice.
Day 147 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Friday, August 14, 2020

Day 146 Norman's 75th Birthday!

August 14, 2020. Sunset 8:02 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Norman was born on VJ Day in 1945, and we celebrated his 75th birthday this evening in the unseasonably hot weather and another colorful sunset. We were so excited we forgot to take a photo of our ensemble until after we disbanded and went into the backyard with the gophers. Happy Birthday dear Norman!! Thanks to Elisabeth, Richard and Paul for the band! And thank you to all of Norman’s friends and family for your loving wishes and birthday treats!.
Day 146 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Day 145 color on the sky!!

August 13, 2020. Sunset 8:04 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Color on the sky — what a treat. And it wasn’t cold either. Almost like waking up in Oz. Better-- no tornado.
Day 145 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Day 144 pretty exciting

August 12, 2020. Sunset 8:05 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Getting ready. We thought we’d try a different vantage point this evening- Plus a little extra excitement - ringing the bell while preventing it from rolling into the street.
Day 144 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Day 143 headless bell ringer

August 11, 2020. Sunset 8:06 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Does anyone remember those side by side cartoon panels where you were asked to find 5 differences between the 2 panels?
Captured between the reach and the touch.
Day 143 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. (Norman is missing his head in both pictures)

Monday, August 10, 2020

Day 142 from out of the mist

August 10, 2020. Sunset 8:07 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


It brightened the end of a long, dark day when Mardi emerged out of the fog at the last minute to join us at sunset.
Day 142 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Day 141 gopher food

August 9, 2020. Sunset 8:08 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Mostly the "garden" is food for the gophers. Taking a moment to admire the survivors.
Day 141 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Day 140 on your mark

August 8, 2020. Sunset 8:10 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


ready

set


going


Day 140 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Friday, August 7, 2020

Day 139 between the tolls

August 7, 2020. Sunset 8:11 PM.
San Francisco, CA.




Timing the spaces between the tolls.
PS - Mary I know you were tired of looking at that other coat- this one is for you.
Day 139 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Day 138 and then unblinked

August 6, 2020. Sunset 8:12 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


LIGHT! At the end of a dark day, suddenly- there it was.
Day 138 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Day 137 the sky blinked

August 5, 2020. Sunset 8:13 PM.
San Francisco, CA.



From the time it took to walk downstairs and wheel the bell out to the sidewalk, the sky went from a sliver of red glow to complete white out. Just like that.
Day 137 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Day 136 Just the bells this evening

August 4, 2020. Sunset 8:14 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Our neighbor must have finished his project with the power tools. All the birds took the night off or were celebrating elsewhere. So, it was just us ringing on the sidewalk. Thanks Elisabeth and Norman!
Day 136 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. -- BH

Monday, August 3, 2020

Day 135 Something Ordinary

August 3, 2020. Sunset 8:15 PM.
San Francisco, CA.


Tonight was the first time this felt like a mundane necessity- like getting the mail or putting out the trash. Our nearest neighbors nod or wave as they go about their own business - silently incorporating our routine into theirs. It felt very comfortable. Ordinary.
Day 135 Sheltering in place from one end of the street to the other. --BH

Lake Superior Magic Mirror

August 3, 2020. Sunset 8:27 PM.
Ironwood, MI.


“The pink in the trees is the reflection from the sunset. It was only for a moment as the sun was setting and it was the reflection from the lake. The brightness was so much inside the house it stopped me. The I looked outside in the woods. It was only by accident I saw this. It was gone in a moment.”
- Kathy Roman

full moon sunrise

August 3, 2020. Full Moon Sunrise 6:14 AM
El Cerrito, CA.


voice and bell as the sun rose on the full moon day.
bell + voice by Rae Diamond