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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Luckily for us, President Obama "Does not support blowing up planets"
January 12, 2013
We live in a strange world, an intricate web of corruption, evil, waste, paranoia, merciless wars and... sheer simplicity. To emphasize that last characteristic, the White House has created a section on its website called "We the People" which it labels "Your Voice in Our Government". The purpose of said section is to give Americans a tool to engage their government in a way that matters to them through - no, please, don't laugh yet - online petitions. Some use the peti...
New Skin - Update
January 10, 2013
These have been a busy few days and the new skin is about ready but needs fine-tuning. There are also a few more South Africa picture posts in the making, including a smooth night in Paternoster that more than made up for the white night of a few years ago, and a beautiful stone house perched above the Langebaan lagoon, about which Marie has already written and posted beautiful images. Stay Tuned....
New Skin
January 5, 2013
It's chronic, this blog undergoes plastic surgery every once in a while. As the surgeon - yours truly - uses his mighty scalpel, you will probably notice visual discrepancies on the blog layout. The operation should not affect the post themselves, so content will remain. But everything visual could be a bit off, the sidebar might fluctuate, etc. Bear with me, this won't take long and I hope the new look - if it matures - will be worth the glitches....
Biltong
January 3, 2013
One of my very favorite foods worldwide, South African biltong comes in many shapes and textures. It is sometimes almost as dry as North American beef jerky, but can also be moist, tender and perversely fatty in away that could only be matched by the supremely delicious duck prosciutto of Vancouver's Oyama Sausage Company at the Granville Island Public Market. Homemade biltong The biltong pictured here was homemade by one of Marie's brothers, meat unknown but probabl...
Cape of Good Hope - The Postcards and a Happy New Year
As promised, here are more Cape Point pictures. After the critters, I've decided to combine flowers and landscape in one post since they are part of each other. Cape Point I guess it is appropriate that I am writing this on New Year's Eve and the word "hope" is in the title. The ability to hope has to be one of our greatest strengths. It focuses our mind and, far from being a passive, fatalist attitude, it channels our will into action and turns coincidences into fate....
Cape of Good Hope
December 28, 2012
Part of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point stretches south of Cape Town at the bottom of the Cape Peninsula that forms False Bay's west shore. It is downwardly crowned by the Cape of Good Hope which was created along with many universal landmarks during my youth's early reading years. The Cape might have long lost its title of southernmost tip of the continent to neighbor Cape Agulhas*, but literature, it seems, inspects geography through a romantic lens and hope...
Constantia Chameleons - 2012 Pilgrimage
December 26, 2012
The green belt in Constantia is changing. Some areas are being cleared, others encouraged to flourish. Paths are drawn, bridges rebuilt. After an obviously wet spring, the belt looks lush and fresh, covered in flowers. But the chameleon habitat seems threatened. Of course chameleons are probably spread out in multiple spots but the few low trees or bushes where I have been finding them year after year are now more isolated, the grass around them being mowed on a semi-regu...
Christmas Cat, Happy
December 25, 2012
Our cat happens to like wearing things. He mellows out and seems perfectly content. But I can't figure out if he's thinking: "Merry Christmas, peace on earth, good will to all creatures great and small," or just "Pellets. Day-in, day-out." Don Estorbo de la Bodega, Christmas Elf Don Estorbo de la Bodega, Christmas Elf Crowned...
Rough Seas in Kalk Bay
December 22, 2012
Harbour House, a favorite waterfront restaurant of ours in Kalk Bay near Cape Town, recently lost windows to a rogue wave. Waves crashing over the Kalk Bay harbour pier A few weeks ago, when having lunch at bottom neighbor Live Bait with Selina, the waves were strong enough to give patrons a few sweats, as the water crashed loudly against the tall glass bays and managed to spray nearby tables with a salty twist. The restaurant's ocean facing lower wall is the actual ...
Flying Over Africa - Part 2
December 18, 2012
As promised, here is the second batch of pictures captured while flying south from Amsterdam to Cape Town. These were taken roughly in the last third of the flight, somewhere between Angola and Namibia, around sunset. I particularly like the one of the jet on a parallel course. It's one thing to see another aircraft in the busy airspace above New York, it's another altogether to have company in the numbing immensity of African skies... Notice the jet on a ro...
Flying Over Africa - Part 1
December 15, 2012
On the second leg of our journey to Cape Town, we took off from Amsterdam Schiphol, flew southeast towards Paris, then due south until the mountain wave over the Pyrenees was unmistakably felt, a strong chop keeping us seated with the seat belt sign on until we were well over the Mediterranean. The plane's route then took us over Northern Africa, Algeria at first, then Niger. 35,000 feet above the Sahara - Click here for same location on Google Maps satellite view I had...
Sahara
December 11, 2012
Our KLM flight from Amsterdam to Cape Town took us over the immense Sahara Desert in daylight, a spectacular overflight I will post more about soon. There will also be many South African flowers, fynbos, a chameleon update, much larger animals and some beautiful scenes from the Table Mountain area. Stay tuned. Sahara Desert seen from 35,000 feet, somewhere over Algeria or Mali...