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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Web Site DNS Crisis!
May 27, 2011
To those of you who might have attempted to visit the blog in the last three or four hours, I apologize. At best, you will have received a "Web Page Unavailable" notice, at worse you will have ended up visiting some Southern Christian site that sure had nothing to do with me! Something happened, I still don't know if it was a security breach, a technical glitch or the beginning of the end of the world, but my IP got switched from dedicated to shared, my DNS got messed up, ...
New York City Night Snapshots
May 25, 2011
For decades, people have walked along the docks on their evening strolls. But the docks are gone. New buildings, waterfront real estate, landfill and even parks have replaced them over the years. Ours became the Brooklyn Bridge Park, a fair trade if I ever saw one. So once in a while, long past sunset, when all cats are grey and shadows rule, Marie and I take a walk along the East River all the way to the bridge and back. Far from being completed, the park is still evolving a...
Floyd Bennett Field and Dead Horse Bay
May 23, 2011
So after all this time, Saturday's was my first excursion to the Floyd Bennett Field, at the very eastern tip of Brooklyn. Built in the early 30's, the field was New York's first municipal airport and was meant by the city mayor to lure the US Postal Service and major airlines away from their Newark base. But only American Airlines took the bate and despite the regular visit of many great record-setting aviators such as Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes and John Glenn, the field ...
No Doomsday? Too Bad, I Had the Pictures Ready...
May 22, 2011
Well it would seem that the end of the world failed. I'm quite glad about that because I happen to be very fond of it, our world. It's beautiful, it's intense, it's cruel, violent and sometimes incredibly hard to understand - after all it is a concoction of so many complicated and seemingly incompatible ingredients: an intelligent race or two, countless competing species, an extraordinary plant kingdom, powerful weather patterns, immense oceans, theoretically self-regulating ...
Carpet of Bluebells at the BBG - A full 360 Panorama
May 20, 2011
Shot at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. It's not a very good shot, the contrasts were difficult to handle. But shooting a 360 wasn't on the agenda so I hurried and sneaked one in, because flowers are flowers. Unseen, they die in vain. Notice how the heavy rains (and possibly some hail?) have laid so many flowers flat... (Pano was updated May 21st, 2011, with a slightly better developed version) As always, click on the bottom menu's "Full Screen" icon and then click and drag...
Muguet in Pelham Bay Park
May 18, 2011
Spring is turning into a lush summer. Mosquitoes have appeared, rains are torrential, flowers everywhere. The Pelham Bay Park subway ride through the Bronx remains a bit of an ordeal but always yields beauty and utter sense of isolation. We put out a fire, saw a parrot, and then we even found, of all unexpected surprises, du muguet, lily-of-the-valley, certainly not native but such a beautiful perfume. This is, after all, the month of May. Incongruous New Rochelle towers a...
AF447: The Black Boxes Have Started Talking
May 16, 2011
Having recovered the precious "black boxes" - which are actually painted international orange, the French BEA has begun analyzing the data and voice recordings of the flight's last moments. That might take weeks but at this stage, it is safe to assume that the light is soon to be shed on the fate of Air France flight 447. The plane that never arrived could finally be allowed to come home in the hearts of the many who grieve, and wonder. May lessons be learned, and may it b...
An Aborted Hike Up Devil's Peak
May 12, 2011
Last South African summer, which means our winter, my father-in-law Henri and I, encouraged by our successful hike up Table Mountain's aerial India Venster trail to the upper Cableway station, eventually figured out we had to recidivate. For our next target, we picked the Devil's Peak Mowbray Ridge trail, aiming at conquering the mountain via its northeastern and very sheer flank rather than using the usual city donkey route to the southern saddle. Above Rhodes Memorial, c...
Dearest Table Mountain Across a Bay
May 9, 2011
Table Bay, named after the feature that is most visible anywhere on its coast, the exceptional Table Mountain, is a somehow under-appreciated playground. A few minorities have long recognized and utilized its strengths - kite surfers and beachcombers to name a few - but otherwise the gigantic bay doesn't seem to get much local attention nor publicity. Yet there are very few Peninsula viewpoints that can rival Blouberg's grasp of Cape Town as a city nested between ocean and mo...
Sans armes, ni haine, ni violence
This will be the the label of a new category which I am implementing on this blog right now. It means "Without weapons, nor hatred, nor violence." That phrase was a note left on the scene of a famous 1976 bank robbery in Nice, France, by thief Albert Spaggiari. I was twelve. I remember the arrest and also the news of his successful escape from court, as he jumped through a window, landed on the roof of a car and fled on a motorcycle that had been waiting. It is said that the ...