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Auroras and Moonrise – Prince George BC

It’s been some time since I’ve had a chance to go out and photograph the night sky, so it was pretty exciting to see that we had some clear nights coming up. Fall is one of my favourite times of year, since the skies are getting darker but it’s still warm enough to be out taking night photos. I headed out north of town expecting to get some good star photos, but wasn’t expecting the auroras. But what a fantastic night it was! I stayed out taking photos until the moon came up and the fog got too thick. Here are some of my favourite photos from my night out watching the auroras dance above the lake, and my first time-lapse video. Here is the link to watch in HD on Vimeo: Aurora Borealis and Moonrise by Dan Stanyer

Thanks for viewing – Dan

Aurora Reflections - Prince George BC
Northern Lights Reflections - Prince George BC
Northern Lights Reflections
Northern Lights at the end of Milky Way
Auroras and Moonrise - Prince George BC
Moonrise over the Lake


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Our Maui Vacation 2013

After an amazing and busy 2012 photography season we were looking forward to our vacation – and headed back to Maui for our fifth anniversary. We were married at Secret Cove Beach in 2008 so it was great to be back, and was a very relaxing trip. We really enjoyed all the amazing food – from the banana macadamia nut french toast & pancakes at the Kihei Cafe, to our favorite restaurant Sansei Seafood and Sushi with their amazing mango crab salad hand roll, rainbow roll, panko crusted ahi roll, and fresh ahi tuna with shrimp cake. We also spent lots of time at the beach – especially Palauea, Napili, Mokapu, and of course Secret Cove.

Here are some of our favorites photos from the trip:

Maui Self Portait Northern Pixel Photography

One of our new favorite Maui Beaches – with great sand, clear water, and beautiful sunsets…
Mokapu Beach Hawaiian Sunset Long Exposure

Honolua Bay is one of our absolute favorite places on the island of Maui. Such a great view from the lookout above the bay, then you walk through this amazing rainforest, and then down to the clear water for some of the best snorkelling. Always one of the first places we visit…
Honolua Bay Amazing Forest, Maui

Palauea Beach is one of Maui’s Turtle Towns and its not hard to see why. Dan went out snorkelling for half an hour or so and saw three or four turtles. This one come swimming right over and was pretty exciting to see up close…
Palauea Beach Turtle Snorkelling Turtle Town Maui

Plumeria’s are one of Shauna’s favorite flowers! We saw this tree while driving and of course turned around to get a closer look at the beautiful colors…
Beautiful Maui Plumeria Flower

Too far south for the northern lights to show up, but that just means the Milky Way is that much more visible… and what a sight it was…
The Milky Way Night Sky Maui

On Left: A sunset silhouette photo we took of ourselves at Mokapu Beach on our anniversary…
On Right: A wave crashing at Keanae, one of our favorite places to stop along the Hana Highway…
Mokapu Beach Sunset Silhouette Keanae Peninsula Road to Hana Maui

Another of our favorite sunset photos taken at Mokapu Beach…
Mokapu Beach Sunset

The Kihei Cafe was our favorite place for breakfast… Dan’s favorite was the pineapple coconut french toast, and Shauna’s favorite was the banana macadamia nut french toast…
Kihei Cafe Breakfast - Banana Macadamia Nut French Toast

We could see some whales from the beach, so booked a whale watching trip with the Pacific Whale Foundation to get a closer view. We saw lots of whales again this time, although we didn’t get quite as close as last time. The trip was worth it just for the view of the islands from the water…
West Maui from the Water Pacific Whale Foundation

We visited our wedding beach at Secret Cove a few times. Our first visit was a Saturday evening, so it was quite busy. Went back again after an early morning of night photos and found the beach completely empty. So beautiful and so relaxing…
Secret Cove Wedding Beach Maui Hawaii

We had a lot of fun trying out some self portraits throughout the trip, and this one at Ulua Beach was definitely one of our favorites…
Ulua Beach Sunset Silhouette Couple

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It was a relaxing vacation, and now we are looking forward to the busy summer ahead – with all of our engagements and weddings coming up in and around Prince George! Thanks for reading… talk to you soon!