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Coriolistic Anachronisms,
a Vincent Mounier Photography Blog

A Train Up The Hudson
Like a giant - if anatomically incorrect - octopus, five main Metro-North railroad lines and their sub-routines spread from Manhattan and Jersey City, fanning up into the states of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. They constitute a commuter rail system with over one hundred and twenty stations, serving three states and reaching some ninety miles out of Penn, Grand Central and Hoboken in multiple directions. Commuting here does not come cheap considering that the ...
Chinatown Touch-And-Go
March 28, 2015
So I had a craving. The goods? Pork buns. The source? Chinatown. The catch? None, other then, well, an expedition out of Harlem boundaries and into Chinalem - the smells, the sights, the sounds being crystallized, as if heightened and enhanced by an almighty cynical hand, amplified and thrown back at me with a challenging smirk. I grabbed a camera and lenses, put a backpack together, allowing for internal food-carrying space and plotting various heat escape vectors - l...
If It Is March, It Must Be Winter
March 20, 2015
I might have to panic. My instructions covered watering and spring rebirth, not snow plowing - new age composting, not thawing the yeti. Oh well. At least the sourdough is safe in the fridge. "Ya stopped on a fresh red light, ya moron! Five of us coulda' gotten through!"...
The Simplest Things
March 16, 2015
Whether it is bubbly, salmon, bread and butter, milk tarts for dessert and a luxuriant garden all around for lunch, candlelit suppers, simple salads with a magic touch, or even an overlook of Kalk Bay's Olympia Cafe with creamy polenta on the way, these are the simple things I miss tonight, while broccoli steams dutifully and red wine tastes heavy on the heart and smoky on the palate. Last lunch before the flight back, winter 2014 The good news is these are not lost for ...
Have Mercy, Pam
March 13, 2015
The chart below was issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) at 12:00Z which would be some 5 hours ago as I quickly post this on Friday afternoon lunch break. Category 5 cyclone Pam is charging through the Vanuatu islands on a south-southeast course. The eye wall appears to have come some twenty miles from the capital Port Vila, with wind gusts of 325 km/h or 200mi/h! Maximum wave height, 45 feet. Cyclone Pam Now why would one care about a storm racing through...
Airborne, YUL-LGA
March 7, 2015
Being more accustomed to transcontinental flights these days - the long-haul, settle-in, find your sweet spot and economize patience and energy, ocean-facing departures, high altitude cruise and straight-in approaches, much movie watching despite the small screens, LCD's reflecting the confinement, cabin crew diving in turns to their secret rest area below deck, flight crew doing the same below the cockpit, hours going by in slow motion while the world spins wildly belo...
Woodstock, Winter, White
March 1, 2015
So time has passed but the flame burns hot. Recently, a small celebration was in order after seven years of blaze. They decided to get out of the Big Apple for the allotted two days of a city-slave weekend. He rented, through a phone app, bits back and forth and no human contact, a Zipcar. Dwelling two blocks away in a dark multilevel parking lot, it was a red Jetta called Iberra. These have names, like pets. Weekend unarguably including a night, accommodation was r...
Kirstenbosch Flowers
February 24, 2015
These were taken last December, during a ritual visit to Kirstenbosch which is located just a stone's throw away when we are at home in Constantia, South Africa. In the background, Table Mountain's majestic cliffs. Pincushion ...
Snake!
February 21, 2015
We spotted this impressively colored specimen of puff adder, called pofadder in Afrikaans, during a drive through Cape Point last December. Indiana Jones' heart would have skipped a bit. Marie stepped on the breaks and I ran out with the camera. African puff adder - Bitis arietas One of the most common venomous snakes in Africa, the puff adder is typically dully colored, except for this rare bright yellow and black variation of males in the Western Cape. At the thickest,...
Cats
February 17, 2015
Forever deprived of the utterly endearing and highly sophisticated disdain of our late Estorbo, cat of a lifetime, Marie and I have been carefully avoiding the subject of his magnificence in particular, and all feline supremacy as a whole, like one treads lightly on the edges of a tropical beach where little land-mine-like grass burrs called sand spur (I dare not say their nickname) are waiting, half-buried, to inflict a sharp pain that is seriously disproportionate to thei...
Birds of De Mond, an EVA - Part 2
February 13, 2015
While on our De Mond EVA, the friendly ranger who checked us in showed us a mother spotted eagle owl, in good old SANParks fashion. Later we found the two chicks. And finally, on the last day, the dad flew right above our heads to a tree near the Landcruiser. Two pairs - everybody wins. Not so nonchalent gaze Near the cottage, sugarbirds and sunbirds shared a huge set of aloe, though it took us a while to leave the orbit of our cottage and find them. Then out on the r...
Birds of De Mond, an EVA - Part 1
February 9, 2015
Imagine yourself adrift in the harsh emptiness of interstellar space, transiting from the cozy orbit of a southern sun called Cape Town to the outskirts of a black hole on the Eastern Galactic Belt of the Garden Route. Not much around in terms of pit stops. The light, sure, traveling all around at its own speed. Engine-like white noise, too, on the comm, 'bit like ocean assault on rugged shores if you ask me. Time to think and reflect, to ponder the chivalresque motivatio...