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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Monochrome City
March 31, 2013
Here are a few glimpses of Manhattan and Jersey City caught this week-end on a small photo excursion. I was looking for a specific type of water foreground I did not find, it will have to be the Brooklyn Bridge Park next time. For now, some black & white. Color shots will follow. Manhattan from Liberty State Park, NJ "My god, it's full of clouds" Ferries on the Hudson, a sick twist of fate in the background, like a splinter in my mind Petrol for polic...
Chinatown, Some Night
March 25, 2013
Adash from Brooklyn into Manhattan's Chinatown proper, ignoring Queen's Flushing and the southern Sunset Park areas, always seems to funnel us towards Dim Sum Go Go There we feast for a bargain, the famous XO sauce throning at the table like an old ally. The beer is Chinese, the service blunt and dishes are ordered by putting check-marks on a photocopied menu with a short pencil as if playing bingo. The fish and crab tank has been empty for many moons and a heteroclite,...
Austere Roosevelt Island
March 22, 2013
If you had a strange dream last night about visiting an island on which stood an old asylum, so dark looking and oddly shaped it belonged in a Jack Nicholson movie, and then walking over to a blinding white marble memorial where sharp lines and murmurs pushed you to seek an escape back across the water on an aerial tramway to a gigantic city and its inhuman skyscrapers, let me just tell you that you visited Roosevelt Island. Midtown seen from Roosevelt Island The thin...
Hitting the Road
March 18, 2013
Within a couple of months, Gods willing and fate an ally, we will temporarily exchange top for bottom. Yes, these are both braai pictures, but one was taken on a lovely Brooklyn terrace in the midst of New York winter and the other in a South African National Park during local summer. They are separated by 85 ocean-filled degrees of longitude and forever live in opposite hemispheres. Time will go into bradycardia, seconds will last an eon, the Landcruiser's odometer wil...
Silvermine on my Mind
March 16, 2013
Incisively split in two by the challenging pass of Ou Kaapse Weg - which I tackled painfully a few times on two wheels while last-minute training for the 108-kilometer-long bicycle tour Cape Argus with Henri, my 80 year old father-in-law who by the way just bagged the Argus for the Xth time on March 10th - Silvermine is a perfect escape for day hikes. Picnic at Bertie's Balcony While visiting last December, Marie and I used the very little free time we had to venture into...
Frankies Spuntino, a Decibel Too Far
March 15, 2013
Last night Marie and I, on the-spur-of-the-moment, decided to go out and eat at Frankies in Carroll Gardens. We'd been there a few times, the food was nice and the restaurant has quite a good reputation. It's a twenty-something minute walk from home and upon arriving, we were pleasantly surprised to be told there would be a five minute wait. Up until that point, it had been a good idea. I'd had a rough day though and was le-tired. I leaned against the wall in a narrow s...
Comet Pan-STARRS, a Peek
March 10, 2013
Discovered in June 2011 with the help of Hawaii's Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System, after which it was named, comet Pan-STARRS [C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS)] is a newcomer that will never be seen again, its elliptical orbit around our sun lasting 100 million years. Last night, March 9th 2013, the weather was near-perfect and Marie and I decided to try and catch an early glimpse of the visitor. Rushing by some 100 million miles away, the comet was there, ...
The South African Food Scene
March 7, 2013
These are glimpses of a lunch down in Cape Town. It would seem that I promised pictures of the Food Barn in a recent post and never delivered, so here we are. Chef Franck Dangereux left La Colombe a few years ago to start his own barn, and has been quite successful at it. Delicious food, quite an amazing place as you can see, despite noisy upstairs diners - it's all wood after all... So these images were taken at his place on the day we flew back home to New York ex...
Kirstenbosch Flowers
March 4, 2013
A brief visit to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, on a very short trip to Cape Town last year, yielded the following beauty.... Pincushion 1 Pincushion 2 Pincushion 3 Mimetes Aristea and bee Strelitzia (bird of paradise) Guinea fowl Clouds on Table Mountain (stratus, not the Table Cloth) Cycad garden with Table Mountain's Castle Rock above...
Outage
March 3, 2013
Some of you, if visiting Coriolistic Anachronisms this morning between 5 AM and 6 AM Eastern Standard Time, will have found the blog down. I apologize for the inconvenience, here is what happened. The failure was not at the level of my awesome hosting provider, MDD Hosting, but rather a global, network-wide outage over at the equally awesome Cloudflare. I have been using the services of Cloudflare for a few years now, and with the greatest satisfaction. With a combination...
Winter Memories
February 27, 2013
These were taken on a walk through the neighborhood, to the Brooklyn Promenade where we had also ventured a few years ago on New Year's Eve and found a police cruiser parked there, broadcasting Christmas songs on the radio over their loudspeaker, and wishing Happy New Year to those who passed by champagne in hand. It had been a beautifully strange, perplexing experience. This year, the snow stole the show. I particularly like the shot of the pier and section of the Brook...
The Cloisters
February 22, 2013
In northern Manhattan, next to the Fort Tryon Park and right below Inwood, sit the Cloisters. Make no mistake about it, despite the medieval looks and religious silence within, this is not a historical building whatsoever. Built in the 30's, The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and thus, a business. Cleverly, a donation is requested at the door, as if this was a poor man's refuge. The amount suggested for two people was a whopping $50 USD. We de...