This months issue of Salt magazine showcases the Dames Inn, which is described by writer Mark Holmberg as being gently haunted. When I photographed the house and got to spend time with the owner, Pat Peters, I immediately was taken with  her love of Halloween and everything associated with the day. In fact, she keeps the house decorated all the time and if you spend enough time in the home you get the feeling you are being watched by Dame Carpender. She was the original owner and died in the home in 2000. Pat and guests who have rented the home profess to strange goings on within its walls. I have to say the decor can give you a whimsical, but creepy feeling as you wander from room to room. This year on Friday, October 28th from 6-9pm and for a nominal $5 admission, you may tour the Dames Inn and see for yourself. In the mean time enjoy the photos from the photo shoot and pick up a copy of the October Salt and read the whole article written by the very talented Mark Holmberg.





















This past weekend I had the fortune of being in Charleston, SC and attended one day of SEWE, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. It is the first major event in Charleston and kicks off the season, as those in the know like to say. It was fun as I got to carry a camera as a pure tourist and just take in the event. I also had a little curiosity, as it was actually the first time I had shot with the Nikon D810 without a tripod and I was anxious to see how the camera responded. The D810 is amazing for architectural work and interiors and the detail it provides at 36mp is really amazing. This time, however, I was going to be capturing moving birds and dogs, handheld, with a 70-200 lens. The cameras autofocus was simply astounding and although its frame rate pales in comparison to a D3, D4, or the newer D5, it was adequate and produced some nice images.

We saw some amazing art work at the Expo as artists from all over the country exhibited wildlife themed art at venues all over the city. After viewing the art we headed over to Marion Square for the Birds of Prey flight demos. Now I have seen birds of prey on a perch, but have never viewed them in a controlled flight environment. It was pretty cool. They had many species of birds, with the most impressive being the red kite. It was fast and the handlers let this bird fly all over the square and over the crowd, so they had a lot of confidence in the bird. The exhibition was staged by The Center For Birds of Prey. There were other birds that they let fly loose, but the kite was, in my opinion, the coolest.

After the birds we went down to Brittlebank Park to watch the Dock Dog competition. There was a lot of camo being sported here. The competition is a pretty big deal and is sanctioned by Dock Dogs. Its an agility drill where dogs jump off a dock and try and catch a baton held over the water. The air these dogs attain is quite amazing and the determination of the dogs and their handlers is fun to watch. I thought there would be predominately Labs and though they stood out there was also German Shepherds, Rottweilers and other breeds. Below are images from the day. It was a beautiful, but cold day and the birds and dogs made it special.






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Shows the capability of the D810 files.









Not sure who is more determined, dog or handler!










My favorite shot of handler and dog. He looks like he’s ready to run past the dog!





The January-February winter edition of Salt Magazine has finally hit the stands and if you haven’t had a chance to pick one up, then put it on your list of things to do. It is a great issue and one you won’t want to miss. If you can’t get one in print, then be sure to go to the web site for Salt Magazine and read it online. You won’t be disappointed.

I once again got to team up with the ever talented Ashley Wahl, and photograph the Weaver farm in Rocky Point. The farm is called Lucky Dog Farm and consists of 10 acres, a quaint bark sided cottage, guest house, 3 horses, 2 burros and a trio of Norwich terriers. It is just a bucolic place that evolved when Jo Weaver rescued some abused horses that were confiscated from a farm in Dunn, NC. The Weavers had moved out to their refuge in the country and when the plight of the horses became clear, they built a stable and all of a sudden, they were horse people. Ashley tells the whole story in the article, and a wonderful story it is, so don’t pass up a chance to read it.  Meanwhile,  I have included some photos from the shoot and you can get an idea of the lifestyle of Lucky Dog Farm and meet Dash, Sam, Piper and the burros, Thomas and Luke.



































I’m fortunate in my work as a NC Interiors, Real Estate and Architectural photographer, to spend time in some really cool homes. They come in all shapes and styles, mostly traditional, some contemporary, but occasionally I get to see something really different and unique. Such was the case when I photographed this home for the March issue of Salt Magazine. The home is in Carolina Beach and is owned by Todd and Tina Piper. Todd is the owner of Tidal Wave Construction, an avid surfer and the builder of the home. The Pipers share the home with their two boys, Noah and Fisher.The home was designed by architect Kevin Pfirman and is built with steel-reinforced concrete and mainly recycled material. It is a veritable fortress on the beach and highly efficient.

I could go on and on about the home, but there is a much better, detailed story offered by talented writer, Anne Barnhill in this months issue of Salt Magazine. Its on the racks now and if you haven’t already picked up your copy, you should. It offers the best insight into the real Wilmington and everything the area offers. Meanwhile, enjoy a brief tour of some of the highlights of the Piper home.














I just returned from a trip to Arizona. My wife, Mickie, had a conference scheduled in Phoenix so we decided to take some much needed time and extend the visit. Sedona has always been on our list of must see areas so we headed north. Along the way we stopped at Montezuma”s Castle. By the way there was no Native American Indian named Montezuma. The next stop was Jerome, a small mile high town built into the side of a mountain. It was once known as the wickedest town in the West. It originated as a copper mining camp and has a thriving community of about 500 plus or minus souls. While there we visited the Jerome Grand Hotel which was a former mine town hospital and insane asylum. Many people died here and it is said to be the most haunted building in Arizona, with many claims of  paranormal activity. We walked around and inside the hotel, saw no ghostly figures, but talked to some staff who swear it happens. After lunch on the main street of Jerome, we stopped briefly at the ranch of new friends in Cottonwood and then made our way to Sedona.

Sedona is a special place with good energy, amazing red rocks and beautiful vistas. We had several memorable hikes, visited some energy vortex areas and took a day trip to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. It was a calming, restorative trip and I would highly recommend Sedona as a destination not to be missed. We hope to return. Below are some photos of the Sedona leg of the trip. I hope they give a sense of the beauty of the area.

Montezumas Castle

The Jerome Grand Hotel

Old Car parked outside the hotel

The Main street in Jerome

I liked how the light was hitting these Cottonwoods.

Cathedral Rocks

This view of Cathedral Rocks is from the opposite side of Oak Creek and is approached from Verde Valley School Rd. Its a great hike.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

This small chapel stands between two pinnacles and is a very calming and beautiful structure.

Sunset reflecting off the rocks from Airport Mesa

Another View from Airport Mesa

The Climb to the Boynton Canyon Vortex

This was the view as we climbed to the spot of the Boynton Canyon Vortex. We met a gentleman named Robert who was sitting atop of the far left spire playing a Native American flute. As one who has taken an interest in the Native American flute, it was a special moment to hear such melodic sounds coming from such a special place. He said he comes twice a day to play. The Boynton Canyon Vortex is said to  balance a persons masculine and feminine sides.

Rock Totem

One of many rock totems in the area of this climb erected by visitors.

View from the top of Boynton Canyon Vortex

Looking up to Boynton Canyon Vortex

Grand Canyon, South Rim

Managed to capture this Elk as we were driving in Grand Canyon Park

The following are of the Grand Canyon from various vista positions. I like some of them for the vertigo feeling you get when viewing the image. It is a magnificent place.