dailybell: 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Sunrise of 2016!

December 31, 2016.
Sunrise today (7:48 AM) in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, from Charo Beneyto.
Big hug and happy 2017!

posted by Sonia Megias

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

It was cold here!

December 27, 2016. Sunset 5:55 PM
Sunset today from Madrid!

At 6pm. Picture made by Mercedes Lopez (my cousin).
Hugs and happy new year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

magenta crayons in the Solstice sky

December 21, 2016. Sunset 4:36 PM.
Jenkintown, PA.
I used to post sunset pix from my back deck, but our current abode doesn't have the views. This is from my bus stop on Main Street. Not bad for the shortest day of the year ☺️ — at Lincoln Place.

posted by Joe Pokrifka

Happy Winter Solstice

December 21, 2016. Sunrise 7:16 AM. Sunset 4:32 PM.
Brooklyn NY.
Winter Solstice

More light tomorrow.

Monday, December 19, 2016

December Challenge

Friday, December 16, 2016

In Transit

Dec 16, 2016. Sunset 4:18 PM.
Seattle, WA.

Waiting for the 3rd flight of the day on the way to Bozeman, MT from San Francisco. 15 hour journey. I could have gone to Japan.
But then I wouldn’t have gotten to see my nephew graduate from college!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Winter Solstice Celebration in Madrid!

Heads up - winter solstice observance 12/18/16 PM in Madrid!
Campanada for el solsticio de invierno CoroDelantal is making a new gathering for the Winter Solstice. A few days early on 12/1816 at 17:30 at del templo de debod in Madris. by composer Sonia Megias

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Big love from the Big State

Dec 13, 2016. Sunrise 7:20 AM.
Austin, TX.

Got a new Tibetan bell
Love to you all!

posted by Ginger Miles

Friday, December 9, 2016

Another slice of Heaven

Dec 9, 2016. Sunset 5:56 PM.
Kauai, Hawaii

I'm really enjoying it here. The sunset was near Poipu beach on the 9th of December. 

posted by Paul Buford

Not quite there but oooooooooooo

Dec 9, 2016. Look at this...
This afternoon in the Mediterranean Sea from Siracusa (Sicilia), at 15:00.
Enjoy and share!
Hugs from great Italy!

posted by composer Sonia Megias

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Heaven? Are we there yet?

Dec 4, 2016.
16:50 PM Sun down at the Mediterranean Sea, today at 16:50 from Agrigento (Sicily, Italy). Made by myself!
Hug! Sonia

posted by composer Sonia Megias

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Here Comes Santa Claus

December 1, 2016. Sunset 4:51 PM
San Mateo, CA

Leaving Fred. Walking down the hallway with the little Santa Light on the floor and the rush hour traffic at the end of the hall outside the door, there was just something about it. The light. The stillness. A sense of suspension.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Goodnight Pauline

November 25, 2016. Sunset 4:53 PM
San Francisco, Ca

Pauline Oliveros passed away yesterday on Thanksgiving Day. A quiet sunset, little slice of the evening- Goodnight Pauline.

cielo azul de color rosa

November 25, 2016
Here you have today's sunrise from Charo Beneyto, in Rivas (Madrid, Spain) at 8:41am.
Isn't it amaaazing? I put her in copy.

posted by composer Sonia Megias

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November Challenge

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

flash of light spreading over the world

November 9, 2016. Sunrise 6:44 AM
San Francisco, Ca

day after the election-

The sun DID rise today. But not as usual. I happened to catch the exact moment that the sun crossed the horizon and you can see the flash of light when that happens. It’s worth a look.
best wishes and much love

Monday, November 7, 2016

clouds on the horizon

November 7, 2016. Sunrise 7:30 AM
Barcelona, Spain

This is not a strict sunrise, there was a huge cloud coming in over the sea, and the sun had to travel higher before it broke through, about 8 AM on November 7.  Let's hope for lots of light today! 
Barbara in Barcelona

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Early days are here again (for a moment)

November 6, 2016. Sunrise 6:40 AM
San Francisco, Ca

This is the first sunrise after the return to standard time for those of us who stepped away. May this jump to earlier light in the morning brighten the days to come in every way. Best wishes to everyone on the eve of election day.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fare thee well DST

November 5, 2016. Sunset 17:53
Jenkintown, PA.

posted by Joe Pokrifka

Friday, October 28, 2016

far far north

October 28, 2016. Sunset 4:29 PM
Bollstabruk, Sweden

Thanks for lovely brighter mornings! Amazing! Gives hope!

Here is a photo of the sun recently, friday the 28th october from the northern swedish region I am living in, from a small village called Bollstabruk.
It is a sunset, already around 4pm (before the wintertime change the former weekend).

Sunsets is happening at same time as sunrises, and I feel so connected with all of you from  all different places, through the sun! Let the sun shine on us, in new brighter mornings and brighter days!

We are listening and watching the sun together! 

HUGS AND LIGHT! Björn Eriksson

Friday, October 21, 2016

dainty sunrise

October 21, 2016. Sunrise 7:24 AM
San Francisco, Ca

Not spectacular, but I thought it was a pretty, dainty even, sunrise. Silver Spring, MD 10/21/16. Linda Allen

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October Challenge

Saturday, October 8, 2016

One week later- 10 minutes sooner

October 8, 2016. Sunset 6:43 PM
San Francisco, Ca

Driving home from work, I saw this out the side window--just in time! Listen!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sunset after the storm

October 7, 2016. Sunset 7:15 PM
Homosassa River, FL

posted by Joanne Lynch

Sunday, October 2, 2016


October 1, 2016. Sunset 6:53 PM
Mare Island, Vallejo, Ca

Such  stillness-- from Tom Bickley at the Continuum performance - part of this year's Thingamajigs festival--

Monday, September 26, 2016

SoniadMegías - Equinox in Madris

Sonia Megías, composer‎ to Dailybell Sunwatch

Hi there! Here you have the Dailybell in Madrid for the September Equilux!
Greetings from Spain!

twin light day and night

The Equilux in San Francisco on September 26, 2016. Latitude: ‎37.773972. Sunrise and Sunset 7:01.

Special bell today thanks to my friend Sherri Wood. She found it at the dump during her recent residence at Recology. Congratulations Sherri--- Beautiful work there!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Equinox Hear ye hear ye!

September 22, 2016. Sunset 7:07 PM.
San Francisco
Listen to the Equinox sunset
Now looking forward to the Equilux- the day of equal light and darkness everywhere else on the globe besides the Equator-- For San Francisco that happens on the 26th - sunrise and sunset at 7:01.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Equinox Celebration in Madrid- Sonia Megías

September 25th, in Madrid we'll gather to bell the sundawn!
CoroDelantal will guide it.

Here you have our invitation:

Cheers from Spain!


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Blessing by the Bay

September 17, 2016. Sunset 7:15 PM.
San Francisco Bay

Thank you Thea!
so good! very calm - we are soooo lucky.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


September 15, 2016. Sunset 7:18 PM.
San Francisco Bay

Moonrise over the Bay Bridge--(and many thanks to my shy bell ringing friend)

what do you hear when the sun is coming up or going down?

another advantage of having a dog

September 11, 2016. Sunrise 8:24 AM.
Rivas, Spain.

This is the sunrise in Rivas (Madrid), this morning at 8:24, made by my friend Charo Beneyto while she walks her doggie. Greetings from warm Spain!
shared by Sonia Megias

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friends of friends

August 25, 2016. Sunset 7:01 PM.
Ventura, CA.

Not quite set, but...
From Joe's daughter Ella

August 23, 2016. Sunset time???
Not a bad view from the deck. Corolla, NC.

from Larry Blake (Joe’s friend)

Saturday, September 10, 2016

no photo shop

September 10, 2016. Sunset 7:18 ish PM.
Benburb, PA.
No photo shop honestly...
From Joe Pokrifka

Saturday, September 3, 2016

day after Hurricane Hermine

September 3, 2016. Sunset 7:48 PM.
with George Filges at 24th Ave Indian Rocks Beach, FL (the day after the hurricane) The Gulf is usually very calm.

from Joe Pokrifka

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

catch a falling star

Monday, August 15, 2016

end of summer

August 15, 2016. Sunrise 6:15 AM.
S. Bethany Beach, DE.

Contributed by Linda Allen

Friday, August 12, 2016

A peek at the Croatian horizon

August 12, 2016. Sunset 18:56.
Pelješac peninsula, Croatia.

Taken from ferry, Pelješac peninsula, the other day. What you see in the background is the whole of the world famous island of Hvar. Left is Pelješac itself, and the big mountain on the right is the mainlands.

sent by Zvonimir Bulaja

Thursday, August 11, 2016

a few words about August so far

The following 2 offerings reveal some basic things about the dailybell project that either remind me of why I started doing it in the first place or to illustrate something simple but unexpected that I have come to appreciate.

The first was the significance of cycles and of our personal and communal connections to them—the small daily ones, anniversaries, big cycles of living and dying. My friend Ian reminded me that August 11th was his mother’s birthday. She would have been over 100 had she still been living and there aren’t that many people around these days who would remember her special day. So Happy Birthday Henny! We love you and still enjoy sitting in your old blue chair.

The circumstances of the sunrise by the Williamsburg Bridge at 5:53AM on 8/1 is a fairy common (and potentially frustrating) occurrence and has inspired this month’s Calendar Challenge. How often does anyone actually get to see the sun as it rises or sets? Especially from home. There are usually buildings, trees or something blocking the view of the horizon.

Best wishes as we gather momentum rolling into Autumn--

Happy Birthday Henny!

August 11, 2016. Sunset 8:08 PM .
West Portal, San Francisco, CA.

Monday, August 1, 2016

It just gets lighter really fast

August 1, 2016. Sunrise 5:53 AM.
Brooklyn, NY.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

another aerial view from Joe

Sunset at John Hancock Center Chicago- July 27th 8:13 PM (sun and clouds uncooperative)

post from Joe Pokfika

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunset (ish) at the world's tallest structure

Willis Tower Chicago - Sunset July 25th 8:15PM (photo taken at 8:34PM due to long line :) )

contributed by Joe Pokrifka

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunset from the top of the world

Sunset 8:55 PM. July 20, 2016
Lake Manasarovar, Tibet

from Barbara Held:

I wanted to send you a special photo of sunset at Lake Manasarovar, a sacred pilgrimage spot in Tibet. This was just before we did a fire ceremony … an incredibly moving moment on this big adventure!
For more info about Lake Mansorovar

Friday, July 15, 2016

July Challenge

Many thanks to my niece, Hannah for this month's challenge- ODE TO THE SUN.

How many things can you do at once?
Follow the sun up or down as it crosses the horizon, make some noise and document it at the same time?
Share here, on Facebook and/or with friends when you are done!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The earliest sunrise so far!

Sunrise 2:52 AM!!!!!! July 3, 2016
Gulf of Finland-

Thanks Joe! Why were you up so early?!??!??

Sunday, July 3, 2016

pin the tail on the donkey

Sunset 8:58. July 3, 2016
Buffalo, NY

It's always very fun and challenging to try and figure out where you are and what time it is on the earth below from the middle of nowhere in the sky. I look at the map on the seat back video and then lookup the sunset/rise time over the nearest city. This time it looked like Buffalo, NY at 8:58.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

heading south in the far far north...

June 29, 2016 Sunset 10:34 PM
Paide vald, Gulf of Finland

More of the lovely late-in-the-day sunsets from Joe. From the Gulf of Finland. This one is earlier quite a bit earlier than the one from yesterday. They are heading south-- What a great way orient yourself on the planet. Safe travels!!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

From the Sea of Sweden

June 28, 2016 Sunset 11:08 PM 
Alands hav, Sweden 

From Joe who is traveling with his son’s choir. How does such a late setting sun affect people?

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Happy Birthday Sunset!

June 26, 2016. Sunset 8:36 PM

Bun Ching Lam posted this on her birthday, and I would like to share it here. I assume this is in Poestenkill, NY and that it is one of the few remaining late sunsets. Thank you guys!!! Happy Birthday Ching

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sparkly Summer Solstice Celebration

June 21, 2016. Sunset 8:34 PM 
Oakland, CA. Chapel of the Chimes. 

Even though this year’s annual Garden of Memory event (thank you Sarah Cahill!) to celebrate the summer Solstice fell on the day after the Solstice (leap year disruption?), the bell ringing at sunset was a sparkly, glorious moment. Hundred’s of bells added to the already swirling soundscape that included the Cardew Choir in the final hour of their 4-hour performance of Pauline Oliveros’ Heart Chant.

Celestial FYI— While the sunrise has bottomed out at its earliest time (for this location), it will turn around and start squeezing the light from the day on Monday (6/27). Good news, however, is that the sun will continue to remain at it’s latest for another week- so we still have the sense of long days for a while longer.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Leaving on a jet plane

June 16, 2016 Sunrise 6:17 AM 

Norman took this photo (he had the window seat)
Heading home with a rib-breaking cough in time to witness this sunrise a few miles east of Barcelona.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

a peaceful morning offering

June 15, 2016 6:17 AM 
Barcelona, Spain

It's also my birthday!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lady or the Tiger?

June 6, 2016 Sunrise 5:26 AM.
Adriatic Sea. Vasto Marina, Italy.

This peaceful early morning moment was sandwiched between two slices of mild excitement. In order to see the sun over the Adriatic Sea, I had to jump over a little wall outside the bedroom window and walk across the roof. Once I had finished watching the sunrise, I turned around to return to my room and discovered that all of the rooms looked alike.

So I made my best guess and climbed over what I thought was my little wall and then wondered why the door to the bedroom was closed. It wasn’t until I saw a pair of legs and some red boxer shorts approach the window from the other side that I realized that this was not my room- not my window- not my balcony and hopped over the wall as fast as I could.

My apologies to the man I disturbed this morning. Hopefully a day in paradise will heal all.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

dinner bells in the land of bells

Sunset 8:47 PM. May 28, 2016
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella Square in Florence at sunset- just before we sat down to dinner. Quiet sidewalk chatter to accompany the bells. :)

Monday, May 16, 2016

May Challenge

Welcome to the May Challenge! Get familiar with: www.sunrisesunset.com. Talk to someone from another time zone and invite them to participate.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

As the World Turns

Sunset 8:23 PM. May 14, 2016
Kansas City, MO

You'd think traveling at 750 miles per hour would feel faster than this... Sunset at La Esquina Gallery in Kansas City, MO during a recent presentation and performance. At this latitude it takes a little more than 2 minutes from the time the bottom of the sun touches the horizon until it completely disappears.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

driving around in my automobile

Sunset 8:03 PM. May 5, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Cinco de Mayo non-celebration as we drive around and around looking for parking while the sun sets.
Best wishes for a celebratory day!

Friday, April 15, 2016

The birds have it

April 15, 2016
Sunrise 6:51AM. Holt, Michigan. 

Good morning! Listen to those birds! After five inches of snow last weekend, I am finally beginning to believe spring is really here.

posted by Wendell

Friday, April 1, 2016

Little Wedding Bells

Sunset 7:41 PM. April 10, 2016
San Francisco, CA

Celebrating the 3rd sunset of a lifetime of sunsets together for our friends Paul and Toni-- just married!!! Blessings and congratulations!!!!

April Challenge

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Mom

Sunrise 6:57 AM. March 30, 2016

My mother passed away 20 years ago, and today would have been her 83 birthday.
I especially like this photograph
Happy Birthday Mom, and hello Nan - I miss you.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Longer Days Are Here Again! (almost)

March 17, 2016
Sunrise and sunset both at 7:18
San Francisco, CA

Slice the day in half

Happy Equilux and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

End of Winter??!

Sunset in Holt, Michigan on 3-16-16 at 7:46 pm on a very windy day.- WH

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

nothing spectacular, but still very wonderful

Sunset 6:04 PM. March 2, 2016. 
San Francisco, CA 

A slight slice of the sunset c/o my dear friend Ching who wanted to document this evening in commemoration of of her last visit in 2008 when we rang in the sunset by the Golden Gate Bridge.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Challenge

Monday, February 29, 2016

Radical sunset for the last day of this month of February... We've had several deep red sunsets lately, and they're always kind of a thrill. This was taken in Oakland about fifteen minutes after the actual sunset time of 6:02.

posted by Juliayn Coleman

Happy Leap Day 2016!!!

Sunrise 6:43 AM. February 29, 2016 
San Francisco, CA. 

This is the 3rd Leap Day since beginning dailybell in 2008 (also a Leap Year).

Some fun “facts” about Leap Day:

This is the 4th Leap Year of a Leap Century. Leap centuries occur every 400 years.

And if that’s not enough info, try this.

FYI- Past leap days for the dailybell:
Leap Day 2012 Sunset
Leap Day 2008 Sunrise
Leap Day 2008 Sunset

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Even the Water is Red

This is sunset yesterday (15 Feb 2016) viewed from the CSU East Bay University Library.

-Tom B