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Welcome to the Photo Morsels photo blog.

I’m an amateur photographer residing in South Australia.  Via this blog, I’ll share some of the images I’ve captured, and include a little of the stories associated with them.

The Photo part of the title is no doubt clear, but Morsels?

Well, a morsel can be:

  • A tasty delicacy; a tidbit.
  • A small amount; a piece.
  • One that is delightful and extremely pleasing.

I’ll leave it to your judgement as to whether Photo Morsels satisfies these definitions.  If it does, leave a comment at the bottom of any of the posts and encourage me to keep working away!

As of March 2014, Photo Morsels is one year old. I invite you to spend a few minutes exploring the forty or so articles now posted. Bookmark this page or subscribe at the bottom of this page for automatic notification of new posts, and share with me the development of Photo Morsels.


Latest Posts

July 2014

Malaysia 001July sees the start of a photo series featuring photos from a recent trip to Malaysia.

The first post Malaysia Holidays kicks off the posts that will be published over the next few weeks.

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Gunung MachinchangPost two takes Photo Morsels up Gungung Machinchang, one of the mountain peaks on Langkawi.

Gunung Machinchang

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June 2014

Campbell Storehouses, The Rocks, SydneyAfter something of a brief hiatus, Photo Morsels returns with ‘An Evening in the Rocks’, a walk around the historic Rocks precinct of Sydney and concluding with some night images of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from a vantage point not used very often for Sydney night photography.

An Evening in the Rocks

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Queen Mary 2, Outer HarborAnd having gotten into the swing of photographing passenger ships, I caught up with the Queen Mary 2 when she called into Adelaide in mid-March. You can find a quick look at this majestic liner here:

Queen Mary 2

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March 2014

Some more wide angle imagesContinuing on with my new Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye zoom lens, some more wide angle imagery. This time from the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg.

Some more wide angle images

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SkywhaleNever heard of a Skywhale? Read on to discover what is Skywhale.

Skywhale: A Strange Beast Indeed

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Photo Morsels celebrated its first anniversary in March. A selection of varied images from the first year’s posts have been brought together in a photo gallery that can be viewed here.

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February 2014

What's ThisSomewhat belatedly, the follow-up to January’s post to reveal the identity of this strange and uncommon sea creature.

The Answer to “What the Heck is This?”

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Fun with a fisheyeA few weeks back I succumbed to a couple of tempting listings on eBay. One of my purchases was a rather unusual lens – a 10-17mm fisheye zoom. This Fun with a Fisheye post records my first day’s play with it.

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January 2014

Melbourne by TwilightWell, here we are in 2014. First post for the year is a selection of images from an evening spent in Melbourne just before Christmas exploring the Southbank area.

Melbourne by Twilight

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A warm day in AdelaideToday, 14th January, Adelaide experienced its 4th hottest day on record, bumping into 5th place a 45ºC day recorded just one year ago in January 2013. I was down the beach that evening a year ago, and thought today would be an appropriate time to share some images taken that night.

A warm day in Adelaide 

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What's ThisA guessing game to identify a rather bizarre sea creature.

What the heck is this?

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More of MelbourneA second look at Melbourne, this time during the day. Posted on another 43°C day here in Adelaide.

More of Melbourne

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December 2013

National Railway Museum (Part 2)December starts with the second in a series of posts covering the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum (Part 2 – Broad Gauge)

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Merry Christmas from Photo Morsels

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Now I’m on summer holidays, some quieter time to try to catch up and better match my actual output with my blogging aspirations. After a bit of a pause, the third and concluding post looking at the National Railway Museum.

National Railway Museum (Part 3 – Everything Else)

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A wet and rainy day in Marion BayAnd now for something not involving trains!  Some rainy day photos from a little beachside town that goes by the name of Marion Bay.

A wet and rainy day in Marion Bay

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November 2013

South Australia Aviation MuseumThe month kicks off with a visit to a local aviation museum.

South Australian Aviation Museum

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This is my first equipment review of sorts. I’ve been hunting for a compact camera solution which doesn’t compromise image quality and have found a solution in the form of a Samsung NX1000 APS-C mirrorless camera mated with a Samsung NX 30mm F2 lens.  The alternatives considered, sample images and first impressions are all to be found in the following blog:

First Impressions: Samsung NX1000 + 30mm pancake

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National Railway Museum (Part 1)I’ve been indulging in a spot of train spotting, and this is the first of a three post series exploring the National Railway Museum located in Port Adelaide. First up,I’ll look at some of the rolling stock that operated on South Australia’s early narrow gauge system.

National Railway Museum (Part 1 – Narrow Gauge)

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October 2013

River red gums on River Murray, Australia

Plenty of images have been snapped over the past couple of weekends. I’ll kick off the month with some images taken up on the River Murray.

Silent Sentinels

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River MurrayAnd a second post from the Murray.

More from the Murray

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River MurrayAnd to finish up the Murray series, an early morning start for an exploration of the property I was camping on.

Dawn Patrol

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September 2013

Dutch Tall Ships

This month kicks off with a four part series featuring three Dutch tall ships currently visiting Australia. The first post records an encounter with them while I was in Western Australia in late July.

Dutch Tall Ships in Australia (The Initial Encounter)

The second post covers an open day held on 31st August while they stopped over in South Australia.

Dutch Tall Ships in Australia (Port Adelaide Open Day)

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Tall ShipsI’ve now loaded the third post, again from Port Adelaide, but from across the river as the sun set.

Dutch Tall Ships in Australia (In the Twilight Zone)

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Europa, departing Port AdelaideOk, the fourth and final post of this series has now been published.  You finally get to see these beautiful ships under way as they depart Port Adelaide for Melbourne on a perfect Sunday morning.

Dutch Tall Ships in Australia (Under Sail)

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SteamRanger 507 Cockle TrainIt seems to be machinery month here – last weekend I popped down to the south coast to pay another visit to the Cockle Train. I followed a diesel operated morning service from Goolwa to Victor Harbor and back. And just before noon a steam drawn service arrived from Mt Barker, allowing me to sneak a few steam loco shots onto the end of the post.

SteamRanger Cockle Train (Revisited)

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August 2013

Sellicks Beach, South AustraliaFinal post of the month – a walk on Sellicks Beach south of Adelaide. A pretty spot where the southern Mt Lofty Ranges meets the sea.

Walking the dog…

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Henley Beach Sunset, South AustraliaThe August posting frenzy continues…  Straight out of the camera and onto the web all in the one evening.  Another sunset series, this time quite a bit closer to home.

The Sun sets in the West (Part 2)

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Fjaderholmarna
I’m on a roll this month with my third post already.  Number three covers a ferry ride to Fjäderholmarna, a scenic and very popular group of small islands only 20 minutes or so from the centre of Stockholm.

Afternoon on Fjäderholmarna

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Stockholm at Night
I’ve promised a few people that I would post some photos of Stockholm by night. This puts me out of chronological sequence of the recent overseas travel, but too bad! You can find them here:

Stockholm at Night

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And a quick post of a couple of sunsets from Western Australia, in between preparing the next batch of overseas shots for posting.

The Sun sets in the West

July 2013

Back from a quick two weeks travelling around the world and the much longer task of wading through and working on the photos taken is now well underway.  To start, I’ve written a post about a visit to the Cutty Sark in London.

The Cutty Sark is the last intact tea clipper and represents the pinnacle of square rigger design development.  I’d been waiting five years to visit her as a closure for renovations in 2006 and a fire in 2007 resulted in her only re-opening to the public last year.  The post can be found here:  The Cutty Sark.

There’s plenty more travel posts to come.  It’s just a matter of finding the time to prepare them.  Be patient, or even better, navigate to the bottom of this page, sign up as a follower and receive an e-mail when each new post is published.

June 2013

Himeji Garden, AdelaideA visit to the Himeji Japanese Garden in the southern corner of Adelaide’s parklands provides the material for June’s post, and an excuse to try out a brand new lens.  The post can be found here.

I’m off shortly for a two week spin around the world in the name of work, so the next posting of photos could be from, well, wait and see.  Maybe a place near you.  Looking forward to the trip, but less so wading through the piles of photo files when I return, culling the duds and the merely ordinary to find the ‘best of’ set for publishing.

May 2013

Jamestown_Air_SpectacularThe Warbirds post of my Australian War Memorial series has been the most viewed post of my still embryonic blog, so to kick off May, I’ll share with you some more classic plane photos. Last October, I attended the Jamestown Air Spectacular, a regional one-day air show held in the Mid North district of South Australia. This was the first time I’ve had a really good opportunity to photograph aircraft, and I took full advantage of the day.  In the interests of page load times, a selection of the better images has been spread over two posts:

Classic Planes (Part 1)  and  Classic Planes (Part 2)

April 2013

Cannot believe six weeks has passed since the initial effort to establish this blog.  To get things moving again, a fiery dawn on the morning of Saturday 20th April.

Red sky at dawn, sailors be warned

Steamranger Cockle TrainAnd from some photos taken earlier this year, a photo essay on the Cockle Train, a historic tourist rail service operating on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, approximately one hour south of Adelaide.

SteamRanger Cockle Train

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February 2013

Australian War Memorial Entrance

A three part exploration of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra visited in January.

Part 1 Remembering the Fallen

Part 2 The War Relics Collection

Part 3 Warbirds