Rich Inlet Life


Just north of Figure Eight Island in Wilmington North Carolina  you'll find a peaceful get-away accessible only by boat. Known by locals as both Rich's and Rich Inlet, it has long been a favorite destination for my family. Ever since my two oldest children were infants in car seats, we've headed out to the sand bars of this area on countless Saturdays and Sundays. Now 17 and 15, they still enjoy any excuse to head out there. Those excuses might be visiting friends, celebrating a birthday with a beach treasure hunt, camping out, searching for sand dollars, hosting a Low-Country Boil, or simply hanging out and enjoying the view.

Over the years, I've developed an addiction of sorts to studying the beauty of this area through photography. Many of these pictures include threatening storms that without fail lead to discussions of whether we should stay or pull anchor and head home. It felt like such a contradiction — photographing something as simultaneously beautiful as it is frightening. So often the storms would hug the coastline and we'd escape with only a few raindrops hitting our coastal escape, but we've got more than a few stories of getting absolutely POUNDED by these summer storms. I'm glad we can laugh about them now!

A short time ago, I decided to share my coastal photos through different media, including large-format wall prints and even more functional items such as placemats and notecards. Below you'll find a variety of items that represent everything from more traditional beach scenes to abstract aerial imagery that will make you appreciate the beauty of the Wilmington, Figure Eight Island, and Wrightsville Beach areas from a fresh new perspective.

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Photos and Gifts from

Wilmington, Figure 8 Island, and Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Photos and Gifts from

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

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