dailybell: 2018

Monday, December 31, 2018

Out with the Old

December 31, 2018. Sunset 4:38 PM.
New York City.

Out with the Old! All of it! Leaving the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY during the last sunset of the year.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Just Struck a Note

December 23, 2018. Sunset 5:43 PM.
San Antonio Valley, TX.

- Joe P

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Not quite ready

December 19, 2018. Sunrise 8:00 AM.
Munich, Germany.

from Gabe Shalom Sunrise Munich Passing train station

Friday, December 14, 2018

Riding the Light Wave

December 14, 2018. Sunset 4:50 PM.
Albany, CA.

Walking along the BART tracks in Albany, CA with my friend Rae as we celebrate the last day of the earliest sunsets of the year. All along this latitude, we are already expanding the light at the end of the day. Sadly, the sun will continue to rise later and later, (even after the Solstice) holding back the full expansion of the day. It will be well into the 1st and 2nd weeks of January before the sunrise begins to shine an earlier light on day. Then off we go!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sunset Mourning

December 12, 2018. Sunrise 7:08 AM.
Chicago, IL.

I am a bit mellow because my mom died this past Wednesday. I took this picture of the sunrise in Chicago suburbs the next day. I wanted to share it with you.
-Barb H.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


December 8, 2018. Sunset 6:14 PM.

Aruban sunset courtesy of Leigh Irwin...nice pic! _Joe P

Friday, November 30, 2018

Ghost Ship Vigil

November 30, 2018. Sunrise 7:04 AM.
Oakland, CA.

I joined Suki O’Kane at sunrise a few days before the 2nd anniversary of the horrible fire that killed 36 people in the Ghost Ship Warehouse on Dec 2, 2016. Photos of many of the victims, ornaments and votive candle holders dangle above the abundance of fresh flowers surrounding the base of the “tree”. Rain the night before had filled each of the small glass candle holders with tiny shots of water, which Suki gently emptied one by one into the waiting bouquets below. She has lovingly tended this memorial and witnessed each sunrise there during the month of November in anticipation of 2-year anniversary.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Early riser in the land of love

November 29, 2018. Sunrise 7:01 AM.
Good morning Loveland, CO

– Joe P

Friday, November 23, 2018

$$$$ green flare

November 23, 2018. Sunset 5:36 PM.
Black Friday sunset in Clearwater, FL.

The Green Flare! Could it be from $$$ Black Friday???

courtesy of Fowlgeeze.. – Joe P

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Preparing for the Sky to Fall

November 20, 2018. Sunset 4:55 PM.
Oakland, CA.

Rain forecast for the next day!!! We are grateful to be helping Krys and Chien with this project, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrible devastation and loss.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Aniticpating the sunrise...

November 15, 2018. Sunrise is at 6:45 AM.
Good Morning Philadelphia!

– Joe P

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Green Flash-- BEFORE the sunrise???

November 4, 2018. Sunrise 6:30 AM
Rehoboth Beach, DE.

From my friend Dot...beautiful! – Joe P

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Welcome back to Standard Time

November 3, 2018. Sunset 6:09 PM.
Oakland, CA.

Prelude to turning the clocks back and a few extra zzzz's...

Ringing while driving on our way to rehearsal for Wendy Reid’s Ambient Bird 4’33” (FYI poster attached for friends in the Bay Area who might like to attend)

Monday, October 29, 2018

Stay with Standard time

NO on Proposition 7.
Just weighing in as someone who hates the disruption to the gentle ebb and flow of the continuous cycle of longer and shorter amounts of sunlight. Changing the clocks twice a year also prevents us from collectively experiencing a constant connection to this large planetary cycle - and by extension-- to one another.

So why NO? This proposition is for us to remain on Daylight Savings Time NOT Standard time. This means we will be out of sync with most of the world much of the time (many places do NOT change the clocks to Daylight Savings Time to begin with).
It also means that in another month, the sun will be rising at this latitude at 8:30 in the morning.
I believe a better option would be to remain on Standard Time all year (as does Arizona and Hawaii). All we would have to do would be to opt out of the change to Daylight Savings Time. The law is already set up for that.
I propose voting NO on 7 this time around and putting a Proposition on the next ballot to make Pacific Standard Time the permanent option for us.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Calm after the storm

October 4, 2018. Sunrise 7:12 AM.
Myrtle Beach, SC.

My father and Carol were originally scheduled to arrive right along with the Hurricane. Amazingly still now.

It's been 9 years today since my brother Bill died. I miss him.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Crossing the light line

September 22, 2018. Sunset 6:55 PM.
East River, NY.

Happy Equinox. Time to hunker down.

What an opportunity! The final ferry to leave Governor’s Island coincided with the Equinox sunset. Many thanks to Carol Parkinson and Harvestworks for sponsoring this evening’s celebration. It was soooooo lovely.
Thanks to all the bell ringers! And special thanks to everyone who distributed bells and invited passengers to participate: Lele Buonerba, Mary Buchen, Benjamin Buford, Penelope Coe, Georgina Lewis, Maria Mykolenko and Gabe Shalom. Let’s do it again next year!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Fresh and Foggy

September 10, 2018. Sunrise 6:47 AM.
San Francisco

Not smoky! Just the plain old wet fog this morning. Thank you to Elisabeth Beaird for the lovely little bells I rang for yet another sunrise with no visible sun.
On my way into the (19th Annual) San Francisco Electronic Music Festival last night, Elisabeth handed me the paper bag along with my ticket. A sweet gift to start off a wonderful evening of music. Thank you SFEMF!!
My first time hearing OMMO, duo Adria Otte and Julie Moon. Check them out

Monday, August 27, 2018

A very grey day

August 27, 2018.
Sunrise 6:34 AM and Sunset 7:47 PM
San Francisco, CA.

Another smoky, foggy grey day. With an extra helping of loss and sadness saying goodbye to Erin Espeland, dear friend, fellow musician and amazing woman. In loving memory.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Joe's Winter Journey in July

For the curious- Here are the sunrises and sunsets that Joe shared mapped out along his travel route through South Africa
7/3/18 PM Western Cape, South Africa: sunset 5:39 PM from the Shosholoza Premier train enroute to Johannesburg from Cape Town
7/4/18 AM Northern Cape, South Africa: 7:27 AM sunrise from the Shosholoza Premier train enroute to Johannesburg from Cape Town
7/4/18 5:31 PM Sunset in Welverdiend South Africa
7/9/18 7:57 AM Sunrise at Gaarona Valley Lodge Heidelberg, SA
7/12/18 Sunrise 6:37 AM at Kruger National Park Mpumalanga, SA
7/12/18 Sunset 5:22PM. Kruger National Park Mpumalanga, SA (photo and phone info)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

duh! South Africa-- south of the equator

Even after so many posts from Joe in the past few days, it only just dawned on me because of the relatively early sunset times and late sunrises, that he is SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR!!! (2917 km = 1812 miles).

And only 800 miles closer than Warren's Winter Solstice 6/21 post from Australia (4209 km = 2616 miles)
Happy Wintering down there!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Invitation to the senses

July 9, 2018. 7:57 AM
Sunrise at Gaarona Valley Lodge Heidelberg, South Africa

from Joe P. on his journey across South Africa. For some reason, the sounds and air and heat are almost there when I look at the photo-- amazing!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Sunset on the same train

July 4, 2018. 5:31 PM
Sunset in Welverdiend South Africa

— Joe P.

Sunrise on a long train ride

July 4, 2018. 7:38 AM
Northern Cape, South Africa

Sunrise from the Shosholoza Premier train enroute to Johannesburg from Cape Town

— Joe P.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Overnight train- first bookend

July 3, 2018. Sunset 5:39 PM
Western Cape, South Africa

sunset from the Shosholoza Premier train enroute to Johannesburg from Cape Town.
- Joe P.

Monday, July 2, 2018

more steel city melting skies

July 2, 2018. Sunset 8:54 PM

Pittsburgh sunset captured by cousin matt
- Joe P.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sun on the Eastern Horizon-- what can it mean?!?!

June 26, 2018. Sunrise??
Stone Harbor, NJ

Thanks Linda!
from Joe Pokrifka

Friday, June 22, 2018

The second longest day

June 22, 2018. Sunset 8:33 PM
Pescadero, CA.

The second longest day of sunlight, Liz and I ring it down along the coast. A rare and wonderful day. We had just sat through 1½ cycles of “Forest (for a thousand years)", a surround sound installation in the woods at UC Santa by Janet Cardiff and Bures. The sounds were so beautifully recorded and convincingly presented, we were transported.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice- over the top!!

June 21, 2018. Sunset 8:34 PM
Garden of Memory at the Chapel of the Chimes. Oakland, CA

The most exuberant dailybell Solstice sunset ringing at the annual Garden of Memory event- ever!

Now to work on the ending…

Many thanks everyone who contributed to this glorious moment: to the Cardew Choir for their incredible 4-hour performance of Pauline Oliveros’ inspirational Heart Chant. Their long tones have been echoed and magnified by an inspired audience throughout the space, adding a magnificent chorus to the bells. To the enthusiastic members of the public who brought, bells, keys and their voices. Special thanks to the dailybell team (Jenny Holland, Vangie King, Julie Moon, Adria Otte, Alan Phillips, Wendy Reid, Norman Tuck) for distributing cards and bells and information prior to the performance. Wonderful video footage from Miriam Jacobs. And finally, to Sarah Cahill who started the Garden of Memory so many years ago and the New Music Bay Area team for pulling off this entire magnificent event every summer Solstice.

Winter Solstice Sunrise in June--

Hi Brenda!
While we were celebrating the longest day, my friend Warren Burt sent this as a reminder of what is to come...

Winter Solstice sunrise. Taken from V/Line commuter bus in Trentham, Victoria, Australia at about 7:55 am on Thursday morning 21 June, 2018. Frost on the meadows - minus 2 C (28.4 F), clear morning - first non-rainy day in about 2 weeks.



Thank you dear Warren!

Friday, June 15, 2018

A very happy Birthday

June 15, 2018. Sunset 8:31 PM
Pescadero, CA. Memorial Park.

Thank you fellow campers for a fabulous off the grid No Service relaxing birthday. What a relief!!!  Here we are in the Redwoods just off the coast in Pescadero.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Sunset at the end of this Memorial Holiday

May 28, 2018. Sunset 8:23 PM
San Francisco, CA.

Remembering with compassion those who have died in all the wars.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ramadan sunrise

May 17, 2018. Sunrise 5:57 AM
San Francisco, CA.

So many birds this morning! Ramadan Mubarak.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

22 years of Sunsets ...

May 13, 2018. Sunset 8:10 PM
San Francisco, CA.

Remembering my mom on Mother's day -- It's been 22 years worth of sunsets since my mother passed away-- I dug around many boxes of photos to find one with all of us in it. Here's my young mother- with me (spaced out in the back), my sister and brother in 1965. I miss my mother and brother and am so grateful for my dear sister.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Moving into Spring with Joe's friends and cousins!

Thank you Joe. Sometimes, you are the only keeping the photos coming, and they are fabulous!
Please don't STOP!!

Here are April's offerings:

April 22, 2018. Sunset 7:20 PM
from cousin Arlene...Red Rock Canyon, NV...

April 7, 2018. Sunset 7:30 PM
Lakewood, CO.

From my cousin Roseanne in SC. Rise or set Rose? Very nice.

April 3, 2018. Sunrise 7:11 AM
Check Tom’s sunrise view in Indialantic, FL 😮

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Easter Morning. April Fools Day.

April 1, 2018. Sunrise 6:39 AM.
Miami Beach, Florida.

Happy Easter and chag Pesach sameach everyone! Have a blessed day wherever you may be.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Winter Elsewheres

Joe has friends who’ve traveled to some lovely places at the end of March and captured some moments to carry us through the last grasp of winter. Many thanks!!!

March 26, 2018. Sunset 7:18 PM
Wow!! Thanks Nitin (sunset at Lookout Mountain. Golden, CO)

March 25, 2018. Sunrise 6:57 AM
My friend Razvan shared this sunrise at takeoff from PHL.

March 24, 2018. Sunset 6:44 PM
My friend West shares another spectacular shot of the sun... after a rainy day in Hawaii.

March 21, 2018. Sunset 6:43 PM
From my friend West ….aloha from Hawaii

- posted by Joe Pokrifka‎

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Equilux and Saint Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2018. Sunrise and Sunset 7:04 AM/PM
Brooklyn, NY/Jersey City, NJ

A balanced day with green beer.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are already tripping towards the light! Happy Spring <3

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Tiniest Glimmer

March 5, 2018. Sunset 5:51 PM.
Brooklyn, NY.

There. Between the buildings.
Despite being 3.5º S and 2º W, the sun sets only a minute later in Brooklyn than it does in Jefferson. The 2-minute gain at the end of the day is a wonderfully insistent creeping towards the Equinox. Only 2 more weeks until Spring!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tiny flakes. Big blanket

March 2, 2018. Sunset 5:48 PM.
Jefferson, NY.

—Big snow

View from Nancy and Jackson’s kitchen- smoothing out the edges of cars, furniture, bushes and a watchful sculpture population.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

End of February... How can this be?

February 23, 2018. 6:01 PM
Wrightsville BeAch sunset over the sound. North Carolina

Carolina view care of my friend Cliff.

- from Joe Pokrifka

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Caladesi Island winter paradise...

Caladesi Island, FL...courtesy of my friend Chelsea...
From 2/19/18 sunset ?--- 6:16 PM
-- from Joe Pokrifka

I'd like to go there... now...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

a wild ride

February 1, 2018. Sunset 5:17 PM.
Lambertville, NJ.

A quiet moment (or an exhausted one). Three weeks after my father’s dog knocked him down and fractured his pelvis, Carol was hit by a snowplow (walking the same sweet puppy). Short story: Everyone is on the mend. Long story: Let your imagination run wild— now do it again—and again…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Morning fire on the river

January 27, 2018. Sunrise 7:32 AM.

Beautiful Pittsburgh sunrise. Picture by cousin Barb

– Joe Pokrifka

Saturday, January 27, 2018

19050 Sky on fire

January 27, 2018. Sunset 5:13 PM.

Winter sunset: Lansdowne, PA

- photo by Nancy Moore

Monday, January 1, 2018

First sunrise of 2018- creeping into the light

January 1, 2018. Sunrise 7:22 AM.
Lambertville, NJ.

The first one of the year. Not much different than the night before- only lighter and a few degrees warmer.

Happy 2018!

Midnight. New Year’s Eve. December 31, 2017
Lambertville, NJ.

Outside the Senior citizen apartment complex on Main Street in Lambertville, NJ. I love listening to the year flip over – This is an especially gentle one.