This months photo shoot for Salt Magazine took place in perhaps one of the coolest venues in Wilmington. I am fortunate to experience many wonderful spaces, but the loft that Donn Lashley shares with his children, Kade and Oonah, is really special. Originally owned by the late actor Dennis Hopper and part of the old Masonic Temple building, Lashley has taken an incredible loft space and restored it to fit his lifestyle and that of his children. From climbing walls, acrobatic silks and swings, to the motorcycle, bicycle and music instrument filled basement, it is truly a kid and adult kid friendly environment. I just wanted to hang around!  Donn has traveled the world on mountaineering endeavors and Kade has been fortunate to tag along on many other adventures. The home they share with Oonah is just an extension of this adventurous, relaxed, live in the moment outlook on life. At least thats my take on things. If you haven’t yet, grab a copy of Salt and read the article written by Bill Irvine, Salt’s Senior Editor. If you’d like to see this incredible space, you will have the opportunity to do so during the Back Door Kitchen Tour on October 14. Meanwhile, enjoy the following selects from the days photo shoot.

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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.

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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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Not sure who is more determined, dog or handler!

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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.

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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.

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