Category Archives: images

Kiwis today, Brazilians Tomorrow

Because of complicated comment procedures, I cannot enter the commentatory riot which took place on Daddy Papersurfer’s blog when this wonderful whimsy was published there.

So I am stealing it.

Although I don’t know what other people will sayers – – –


Golden Fang




Photo Hunt # 77; Original

In June 2003 I bought my first digital camera.

A Pentax Optio 330GS.

With 3.2 mega pixals it was not state of the art at that time but was close.

This is the first image I recorded with that camera. My original Digital Image.


In the four years since,  says he checking the digital counters, I have taken nearly 20,000 images with this camera and over 10,000 with the SLR I now use most of the time.

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Subiaco, Western Australia

In 1896 the Sisters of St John of God arrived in Western Australia to help care for the sick. They initially “set up shop” in the private home of a well-respected but recently deceased leader of the Catholic community, Bernard Smith*.

While this was a good place to begin their ministry, it was not suitable as a long-term hospital site. After several years it was decided that a purpose-designed hospital should be built near the railway line in the near-Perth suburb of Subiaco.

A small convent was built along with the new St John of God Hospital.

St Joseph’s, Subiaco

The Hospital was built on the other side of the road and remains in use today, along with many modern additions.

In 1933 an impressive new church was built for hospital patients and their families as well as the locals in the developing suburb.

St Joseph’s, Subiaco

Impressive as the external architecture is, the inside of the church is equally grand.

St Joseph’s, Subiaco St Joseph’s, Subiaco

The reason all of this is worthy of note is that Subiaco is undergoing large scale urban renewal. The railway line has been put underground and this has opened up new land for development. Many old buildings have been removed and modern, multi-story luxury residential units are being erected.

I was in the area last week and saw the convent and church as I have never seen them before. The buildings masking this final view have been removed and will be replaced by one of these large residential hives.

This view, partly from the rear of both Convent and Church will not be seen for possibly another century.

St Joseph’s, Subiaco

* Great Great Grandfather of regular commentor on this blog, genius genealogist and spouse, Buff.

Another Falcon Webcam

Wed 26 Sept, 2007

THE third hatchling of the year for Frodocam stars, peregrine falcons Frodo and Frieda, hatched high above Brisbane this afternoon

The white, fluffy chick hatched about 2pm on the falcons’ penthouse ledge above the Brisbane River.

The previous hatchling arrived about 6am today.

Frodo and Frieda now begin the task of keeping food up to the ravenous chicks.

Watch Frodocam as the chicks grow – fast!

We should also be able to collect some (gory) video of the falcons feeding their young, mostly on feral pigeons hunted in their inner-city territory.

This will be the fourth clutch of chicks raised on webcam by this family. It could well be the eighth clutch raised in this nest by this pair.


I found this over at mastercowfish and was blown away.

I just have to share this with you.

Just click on this presentation of photos and enjoy a most unexpected experience.