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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

Finding peace up at Grouse
December 1, 2006
It was the evening of Nov. 27th. A rare outflow of Arctic air from the continent had collided with incoming Pacific storms, unleashing winter's full strength and bringing cold temperatures and heavy snow to the Greater Vancouver area. Earlier that day, I'd left the struggling valley behind and gone to my favorite spot on the North Shore, Lynn Canyon, which hadn't disappointed me. The place was almost unrecognizable under its new soft white blanket, but every bit as beautif...
365 days
November 29, 2006
A year ago exactly, I arrived in Vancouver. I had minimal luggage, big hopes, bigger dreams and even bigger worries. Turns out some of the worries were justified, others weren't. And here I am. Almost a Vancouverite, still homeless in my heart which is a drag because home is where the heart is. And by homeless I mean the absence of a port of call rather than that of a roof, which I have the luxury of enjoying tonight as the outside effective temperatures drop below -15º C.Va...
Snow storm
November 27, 2006
While in the Nation (sic) of Québec people are still wondering if Gilles Vigneault was right to say "Mon pays ce n'est pas un pays, c'est l'hiver", Vancouver is being given a well deserved lesson and rather stunning proof that "Mon chemin ce n'est pas un chemin, c'est la neige." I was so wrong yesterday writing about how the few flurries we'd had would be "as bad as it gets". It has now been snowing non-stop for 36 hours. The snow, which at fir...
Snow
November 26, 2006
Tonight that's it. If there remained any doubt in some spaced out minds, it has been erased. Winter is upon Vancouver and as a proof, it is releasing its first snow on the city. It's wet snow, of course, and the flurries are barely able to leave their footprint on cold windshields, but it has been falling for a few hours now, making sure that it was noticed by all. Granted, that's about as bad as the weather will ever get out here. But an emotional barrier has been broken a...
Blog Roll
November 21, 2006
"Winter, solitude’s bedfellow, is the smartest of all the seasons, simply because it knows that it doesn’t have to produce any heat." [From Matthew Good's blog] "About 100 icebergs drifting northward from Antarctica have created a new tourist trade in New Zealand. One iceberg was even visible from the coast of the island nation - the first time that has happened since June of 1931." [From the Global Warming Blog and MSNBC] And then there's th...
Winter Sky in Vancouver
November 20, 2006
Up at 5:00 am this morning, I decided to head out to work early and develop a few pictures while having a coffee at Waves on Richards (they boil filtered water and the NTU hasn’t climbed back up above 18/19 NTU over the week-end, which is good enough for me.) I walked down to the bus stop in complete darkness; the streets were still wet from a night down poor and reflected the car’s headlights in this precious time of the day the Spanish call "la madrugada". And there,...
Siderodromophobia
November 18, 2006
I left early this morning, after literally falling out of bed. The dream I had been having before the fall was about skydiving and I left home with a big bruise on my forehead, having leaped out of the plane and immediately assumed the Delta position for maximum horizontal speed in freefall. My bedside table has a very sharp corner.I then followed a rather disorganized wandering pattern as I could not decide where I wanted to take pictures. The fact that I had forgotten to ...
Vancouverites' Coffee Drinking Habbits Threatened
November 17, 2006
It hadn't come to my mind immediately, but we are facing a crisis unique in the city's history: our coffee addiction is seriously jeopardized! In today's update on the GVRD drinking water situation, the online article of the Province newspaper commits twenty per cent of its length to the impact of the water restrictions on the coffee business. Clearly, a most critical issue. ;-) The good news, for others, is that the advisory has been lifted for all areas except Vancouver,...
Drought on a Rainy Day
November 17, 2006
What happens when a city issues a warning that its tap water is no longer safe for drinking? People run out and buy bottled water. And what happens when that city has a population of 2.2 millions? Two millions run out and buy water (the rest were drunk or too lazy). According to my sources, the advisory was made public some time this morning or early this afternoon. By 10:00 pm tonight, major grocery stores like Safeway were completely out of any possible kind of bottled ...
Greater Vancouver Drinking Water Quality Deteriorating
November 16, 2006
The GVRD Medical Health Officers are advising that "the turbidity of the drinking water supplied to homes through the water distribution system has reached levels unprecedented in recent years. As turbidity increases, there is a potential for increased risk of gastro-intestinal illness. Until turbidity returns to acceptable levels residents may wish to use an alternate drinking water source (for example: bottled water) or boil their drinking water." Read the offic...