Photos of Backyard

October 25, 2022
With Photos Of Backyard

Dylan O'Donnell standing on rock in front of sky full of stars.Two years ago, Dylan O'Donnell bought a telescope on a whim with his $1, 000 tax refund.

Now his star photography is getting the kind of attention most amateur astronomers could only dream of.

At the time he did not realise his backyard in Byron Bay was perfectly placed to view and record deep space. What started as a hobby has become an obsession.

Dylan O'Donnell"We are 28 degrees south of the equator, " Mr O'Donnell said.

"We can see things like the moon and the sun with less atmosphere between us and the object.

"Couple that with the fact that Byron Bay has very low light pollution.

"It really opened up the whole sky for me."

Stars over the Byron Bay lighthouse.Stargazing has been a fascination for Mr O'Donnell since he was a child.

"Like many children I was one of those kids that just loved space and my dad gave me a little toy telescope and I went out and found Jupiter myself, " Mr Donnell said.

"You never forget a thing like that."

Recently Mr O'Donnell installed a kit observatory in his backyard so he could better combine his two great passions: astronomy and photography.

"What I do is astro-photography, " Mr O'Donnell said.

"I get these high resolution images of deep space objects: the deep space nebulas and, galaxies.

"Some of my favourite images are dark nebulas ... where you see blackness that is blacker than the blackness of space.

Stars trails"That really appeals to me."

Photos of space taken by Mr O'Donnell have sparked the interest of NASA and the international space station.

"The international space station astronauts themselves Scott Kelly and Chris Hadfield both noticed and then all these organisations within the space industry were retweeting and sharing the image, " Mr O'Donnell explained.

"They've published quite a few of images since then as well."

All the photographs that Mr O'Donnell produces are shared for free in the public domain.

"I have a mission to get the science out there ... I hope that people see the images and they are engaged, " Mr O'Donnell said.

"It's science and science is wonderful.

"Hopefully we can engage more young people into doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics."

Topics: astronomy-space, science-and-technology, photography, arts-and-entertainment, byron-bay-2481, nsw


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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