“Captain Brian Holaway is well versed in the intricacies of our unmatched locale. He can guide to and through a multitude of out-of-the way tidal creeks, bayous, keys and islands. More important is his passionate interest and respect for the region. With unique insights from his many explorations and his studies, not only does he identify the birds and wildlife that inhabit our semi-tropical watery land, but he explains their interconnectedness to their environment and each other. In addition, he shares the fascinating history of rugged people who came long before us: Florida Native Indians, the Calusa, the Spanish, the Cubans, early homesteaders, and the wisdom evident in the growth of their culture.

You will come away with great enjoyment and a new understanding of this beautiful place and its history.”

Historian, Betty Anholt
Author of Sanibel’s Story

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Steller Day With Dean and Bonnie













Dean and Bonnie have been coming to Sanibel since the 1980's.  Bonnie stepped off the boat and found a sand dollar then another and another and another. She also found sea urchins and a very cool jingle shell with both sides in tact. They are always fun to shell with and listen to their conversations. Bonnie enjoys making crafts out of shells such as ornaments and Christmas trees. Dean makes anything from wood for Bonnie's shell creations. They both are excellent shellers and always a joy to have on the boat.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sheri and Sam
















The day of the blood moon we left the dock under the cover of darkness. The fist morning light was appearing as the moon disappeared into the haze. We had hoped to see the blood moon on the water but nature had other plans. However, there is nothing like being on the water at first light. We traveled to an area we had all been to before and shelled the beach. Sam gathered sea urchins and starfish. Sheri has an excellent shelling eye and found a scotch bonnet, a gaudy nautica, olives and nice worm shells. It is always a pleasure talking with Sheri and Sam and exploring. Thanks for getting up early and another fun day on the water.  Capt. Brian

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gail And Crew













 
It was a fabulous day on the water with Gail, Beth, Billie, Patty and Mary.  We started the trip by going to secret spot 17. We waded in the clear water and found kings crowns and a horseshoe crab. Next it was off to favorite island number one. Along the way we spotted dolphin. The beach was absolutely stunning. These veteran shellers enjoyed the time on the beach. I enjoyed talking and walking with Billie (she is the coolest 86 year old I know).  Thank you Gail and crew for another wonderful day on the water.   Capt. Brian

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Research, Writing And Woods


Howdy folks. Lately I have been out in the woods looking at plants and then back to my desk writing. I am anxious to write some articles on plants. This project has been educational for me. Going over my notes and different field guides from the last twenty years has made the task rewarding and intriguing. I look forward to more research, writing and of course getting out in the woods.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Selena The Sheller




















 
Selena and Don spent the day with me exploring the out islands. Selena has been shelling all of her life and her goal is to find one of every species.  The morning was spent on a remote stretch of beach shelling. Next we anchored the boat out in the Gulf and enjoyed lunch and good conversation as dolphins swam nearby. We pulled the anchor and traveled to another unique spot to explore the grass flats. I enjoyed the conversation with Don as we walked and talked about books.  It was a wonderful day on the water with shellers from the Lone Star State. I look forward to next year's adventures.