dailybell: 4/29/12 - 5/6/12

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Sunrise 6:43 AM. Homestead, FL

Waking up has it’s own sound, and I love the cacophony of sunrise in tropical places. Here in the Everglades, the air is thick with birds and insects calling to each other and to no one as they go about the business of beginning another day. Most days sound pretty much the same to my ears. It would be interesting to know what actually changes from day to day. Different routine? New nest? New life? Somebody missing? In any event, for someone who is most definitely NOT a morning person, there is something inspiring and optimistic about this very dense earful of lively nonhuman activity first thing in the morning.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bouncing the Light

Sunset 7:51 PM. Broadway, Brooklyn

If I am at home when the sun sets, I often just open the window and hang out over the street. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best view of the sun from that vantage point- at least at this time of year. Sometimes people look up if they hear the little bells, but most often they pass by disinterested or unaware. Tonight, I was especially fortunate to see the sky reflected in one of the windows of a building across the way. At first I thought I was seeing the actual sun, but the orange light lingered for so long, I realized it was just glow from the clouds. 

Another sunset from this view in 2008.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Anytime Café

Sunset 7:50 PM. New York City

During each sunrise or sunset this week, I would think, “Oh. I need to document one of these”, and then I’d forget about it. Completely. So this evening as I was sitting in the Anyway Café having dinner with my friend Maria, the sun began to set. I realized it was my last opportunity for the week to capture the moment so this is a spontaneous, rather clumsy grab in the dark from my iPhone. I apologise.

However, this is such a cozy and friendly place that it was a perfect place for the occasion.  In case it’s too dark to see what’s happening, the waitress came over to our table as she heard us ringing. She and Maria rang, sampled and critiqued the bells while I stepped outside to hear the sharp objections of a poor little dog at the end of the day.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, the Anyway Café is a really relaxed and comfortable environment. Good food, no hurry or pressure to give up your table. And for those who may be interested, they have flavored vodka.