Tag Archives: Adelaide

Roaming about Glenelg at Dusk

One of my nearby beachside suburbs in Adelaide is Glenelg. Located at the end of the tram line from Adelaide’s city centre, Glenelg has long been a popular spot for both Adelaide residents and visitors to spend time down at the seaside. For me, in summer particularly, it’s a great spot for some sunset and dusk photography and I find myself down there from time to time with camera in hand.

Back in January, I started a month long photo challenge at a photography website I frequent. The idea of the challenge is to nominate a particular lens and then, with that lens, take and post a photo every day through that month. Sounds easy, but keeping up the discipline can be surprisingly challenging as the month wears on. My January challenge failed miserably after only a week or so, but I did get some nice photos of Glenelg at dusk along the way.

While the Glenelg foreshore area provides a few different subjects and scenes for the photographer, on the evening of my visit I concentrated on the jetty and those promenading along it.

The first five of the following images were taken with my challenge lens for the month, an old (as in late 70’s/early 80’s) Pentax M 35mm F2.0 lens mounted on my Pentax K-3 camera.

So, here we go:

Glenelg Beach at Dusk

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Christmas greetings from Adelaide

Well, what happened to Photo Morsels in the second half of 2015? My previous post was way back in July and now it’s less than a day before 2016 arrives.

It seems odd writing this now in the middle of some 38°C weather but winter this year seemed cold and dreary, prompting me to stay in the warm part of the house rather than wander into the not-so-warm room which houses my photo-editing computer. So there went July and August. Then it seemed like I was in any timezone other than my own for a couple of months, mostly work trips but a little holidaying also.

So here I am in the last day of the year. Although there have been no new Photo Morsels posts for a while, I’ve still been busy with my camera, and in coming weeks will look to share some of what I captured over 2015.

T’is the festive season, so first up, Merry Christmas and a happy new year to Photo Morsels readers.

And sticking with the seasonal theme, I share with you an Adelaide Christmas tradition, the Brewery Christmas lights, a favorite of small kiddies since 1959. Nothing too flash in the context of modern era and its wizz bang technologies, but for the target audience of 3 to 10-ish year olds where everything in the world is new and exciting, it remains a great family evening out. Simple, ageless displays that remain thankfully free of trade-marked characters from Disney and the like.

West End Brewery Christmas Lights

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A warm day in Adelaide

We had a somewhat warm day in Adelaide today, 45.1°C (113ºF).  Our fourth hottest day on record, bumping into fifth place the 45.0°C recorded just one year ago on 4th January 2013.

Our all time record is 46.1°C (115°F) recorded back in 1939, the day before the infamous Black Friday fires broke out across the border in Victoria. This Thursday’s forecast is for 46°C, so it is quite possible later this week that we will have the hottest day ever recorded here.

Two weeks ago, there was an incredibly hot spell in the sparsely populated far north of South Australia.  Temperatures of 48 to 49°C (118-120°F) were recorded for several days in succession. We were spared in the south, with quite cool weather coming in off the Southern Ocean.

So after a cool spring and early summer, it’s safe to say the heat has arrived with a vengeance.

On that hot evening last year I wandered down to the local beaches for a bit of heat relief and to seek out an ice cream.  I took the camera with me to catch the end of the day down at Brighton beach. Tonight seems an appropriate time to share some of those images.

Adelaide, 4th January 2013, 45°C

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National Railway Museum (Part 3 – Everything Else)

This is the concluding post of a three part exploration of the National Railway Museum located in suburban Port Adelaide. If you haven’t already visited the first two posts, I invite you to first visit Part 1 and Part 2. Part 1 looks at the narrow gauge steam locomotives that powered South Australia’s mid-north narrow gauge network, while Part 2 explores the history of the State’s broad gauge network. This third post is a bit of a catch all, covering a selection of the museum’s other rolling stock.

First up, a quick look at some of the South Australia’s private railways.

BHP Steam Locomotive No. 4

BHP Limited operated a short line between the company’s Iron Knob iron ore mine and the town of Whyalla.  Rather than turn to British types like the government railways, BHP sourced two 4-6-0 steam locomotives from the US maker, Baldwin Locomotive Works, in 1914. BHP 4 has that classic US look, even though a cow catcher wasn’t fitted.

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Merry Christmas from the Photo Morsels blog

A Christmas Eve early Christmas morning post to wish all Photo Morsels followers and readers a Merry Christmas and a happy,  prosperous new year.

Amazing, here we are, Photo Morsels coming into its first Christmas.  Where did the year go?  This blogging caper is surprisingly time intensive, but I’m enjoying the publishing and sharing of a little of the world I see around me. And learning a lot from the research that goes into gathering background information on posted images.  The exploring of other bloggers’ sites is also something I hadn’t thought about when I first started out with Photo Morsels, but has led to many interesting reads. So thank you to my readers for visiting and thank you also to other bloggers out there for your contributions during the year.

I was a little quiet on the blogging front during December, with too much going on in the real world in the lead-up to Christmas and the start of the Australian summer holidays. I’ve plenty of images and topics ready to share and hopefully a few quiet days over the summer holidays will see the posts roll out.

For now, a handful of Adelaide Christmas scenes…

Adelaide Christmas Lights 001

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National Railway Museum (Part 2 – Broad Gauge)

This is the second post of a three part exploration of the National Railway Museum located in suburban Port Adelaide.

Rather than repeat the introduction to the museum and South Australia’s railway systems, I invite you to visit Part 1 if you have not already done so. Part 1 looks at the narrow gauge steam locomotives that powered South Australia’s mid-north narrow gauge network.

In this post, attention will turn to South Australia’s 5 foot 3 inch broad gauge railways.

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National Railway Museum (Part 1 – Narrow Gauge)

I’ve found myself going through a plane, train and ship spotting phase this year, and recently spent a day visiting two of the three transport related museums situated in the Port Adelaide area.

I should mention at this point that I don’t plan for Photo Morsels to morph into a machinery-spotter’s paradise to the exclusion of all else. I will revert to other subjects once I have worked off all this machinery spotting!

I’ve previously posted images from the South Australian Aviation Museum here. In this and some following posts, I’ll cover the second museum visited, the National Railway Museum.

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