“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

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Carolina Shellers

Brooke and Kate can roll with the tide or whatever comes their way. We started off by exploring the flats where the morning light was beautiful. They enjoyed observing many live shells and learning about the ecosystems of the shell world. Next it was off to secret spot number 11. Kate found a few of her favorite shells and a few more. Brooke found a king's crown and a cone shell. She was excited to find both. I enjoyed the conversations from both as we searched for treasures by the sea. 
Thank you Brooke and Kate!   Capt. Brian

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wind, Waves and Water

Wind, Waves and Water.
The shelling should be good.
 See you soon! Capt Brian

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Time On The Island

Time lately has been going at a rapid pace. Many coals are in the fire. New projects are in the works. One project has to do with photography. Another project is south of here on an island that rhymes with tuba. I keep thinking of the quote by  Edna St. Vincent Millay  (Who was a early visitor to Sanibel) 
                                     My candle burns at both ends;
                                        It will not last the night;
                                     But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends-
                                        It gives a lovely light!


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Early Morning Light

Howdy folks, the year has started out very busy. But not busy enough to take photos of the pre dawn light over the islands. I love following the changing light in the morning.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Explorer Family

 It is always a pleasure to see the faces of Ursla, Izzy, Ben, Jennifer, Pat and Walter walk down the dock. Ben, Izzy and Ursla (the kids) always stump me with questions and answers.  The kids are excellent shellers, and sometimes a little competitive. Jennifer has a very good eye for finding shells just off the radar. (maybe that's where her kids get this from.) We had two excellent days of shelling with many highlights. Ben found many crown conchs. Lizzy  found horse conchs and crown conchs. Jennifer found many beautiful orange scallops. Ursula, well... She needed to wash the sand off her hands so I went with her to wash her hands off in the surf. When she finished washing her hands a lions paw washed up. (I guess it was a good time to wash your hands) It was a great two days of shelling with the explorer family. I look forward to our trips in March and April.       Capt. Brian

Friday, January 2, 2015

Lauren and Crew

It was a picture perfect day for exploring the out islands. Lauren and her family have traveled with me many times. This time they brought along Rachel and her son. I enjoyed talking with Rachel who is a photographer and watching her shoot creative images.  Meanwhile, Lauren and crew were busy collecting sand dollars. Numerous excellent shells were collected while Lauren searched for the elusive junonia. I look forward to our next trip in February.  Capt. Brian