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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 2 - A Clever Dinner Trick
November 15, 2015
Morning came, light slowly oozing into our tent's quiet darkness. The wind had long exhausted its last breath and with that, new weather had moved in, warm and cloudy, casting a pale veil over the land. I took a thirty minute round-trip walk down to the park's ablutions block, lucking out as the sun briefly dashed out of the cast to ignite the fields. Having been told by a barely awake camp staff member that coffee could not be taken back to...
Interlude
November 1, 2015
But, for now, I am trying to shake a cold loose and get a hold of my runaway time and spirits. This was shot on Tafelberg Road at the foot of Table Mountain, Lion's Head is in the background. Pincushion...
The Namaqualand Bloom, Part 1 - Luxury is a Luxury
Growing up in the south of France, I think I might have taken flowers for granted. As a kid I never doubted their supremacy and thought they were as intrinsic a part of nature as clouds and oceans. Québec, I knew, mostly lacked said flowers, but I assumed that was an exceptional stigma brought on by euphorically snowy winters and since Canada lured me in on occasional visits with maple syrup, marshmallows, peanut butter, poutine and color TV, I had unconsciously disrega...
Verrazano-Narrows to Gowanus
October 13, 2015
This weekend's run was a partial repeat of one I had done many years ago, along the southernmost flank of the Brooklyn mass. I rode the R subway all the way down to its conclusion in Bay Ridge, warmed up to the foot of the gigantic Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and launched into my return home on the waterfront. Staten Island stretched on the opposite side of the channel, large container ships were crossing the narrows and people were strolling, rollerblading, cycling or fishing t...
This is not Mordor but...
October 1, 2015
Those of you who have been reading this blog for years are used to it by now. Every once in a while, I get itchy fingers and eyes, and redesign the site from floor to ceiling. I have oscillated between white and dark themes since the very beginning. In my opinion, white is easier for reading but dark serves photography better. Entre les deux, mon cœur balance. So for now, these premises are going to remain in the shadows. There should eventually be an option for you to choos...
Refueling for the Pope
September 25, 2015
This was shot at 6:58 PM tonight (12,800 ISO) from our Brooklyn garden as popular Pope Francis, visiting New York City, was holding a mass at Madison Square Garden. I kid you not. A fighter refuels in flight, NYC airspace, 09/25/2015...
Of Flowers to Come
September 24, 2015
It will have taken a while. Between the Brooklyn move and the South African groove, this blog has been in near hibernation. But let this be the end, or rather the beginning. We are still working on the place, but after gardening, interior design, unpacking and braaing, there usually remains a moment to work on the 3,600 pictures I brought back, and that excludes Marie's own gems. Fear not, these will be sifted down to a couple dozen 'acceptables', and sprinkled over ...
On the Menu, a South African Spring Rolled in Flowers
September 1, 2015
After a hectic move from dreaded Harlem to our old beloved Brooklyn 'hood, from the depths of the most stressful professional year of my life, and out of Africa, shall soon spring a few blooming pictures and if luck holds, a story or more. Three days from now, I will accomplish the ritual passage from here to there, from rush to lush, north to south, ugly to pristine, equal pollution to unfair beauty. I will be Cape Town-bound, not to say spell-, joining Marie in our ye...
A Little Computer Engineering Magic
August 22, 2015
I was recently reading an article about emerging processors, those mini-brains at the heart (yes I intended the anatomically incorrect metaphor) of all computers including the device you are reading this on. My jaw was left hanging low by the following sentence: This technology opens the door to continuing the development of Moore’s Law all the way down to the quantum limit — the point at which the quantum uncertainty around the position of an electron is larger than...
The Flying Years - Part II
August 2, 2015
It is unlikely that I have ever dedicated a post to anybody other than Marie and a big black cat - except a manuscript, of course, which was dedicated to the late Gilbert Trigano, heart and soul of Club Med and indirectly responsible for sending me spinning through the wildest years of my adult life - but this post is dedicated to my long-lost friends who still fly commercially, keeping the dream alive. Yes, you. Well, the first part of this story was already written in...
Good Bye Terrace
July 28, 2015
We are at T-minus a bunch of sleepless nights and steamy days, Brooklyn-bound at last, stubborn as beagles homing in on the cheese. Here in Harlem, nights are mild going on tropical and while fireflies for some reason have deserted us, the terrace is lush and welcoming. Marie will once again leave a bit of herself behind, gardens being easier created than torn. But therein lies the beauty of it: a blank slate soon will come alive and magic will flow. Stay tuned. A new cha...