“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

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Panama Day 3

The day before America's Independence day, I set out on a 27 foot boat with a 60 horse Yamaha tiller steering engine on the biggest ocean on this sphere, we call Earth. In search of fish to eat, shells to bring home and landscapes to forever fill my mind. The guide and Captain of the vessel, Miguel was from a nearby Island. His family has lived on the island since the 1600's. Whales were observed with great awe. The spouting of the whale when it blows water is most indescribable. The day on the water in the pacific was as big as the Ocean itself. Viewing whales was spectacular. I was fortunate to see a mother and her calf. I continued to take many photos of the waves crashing on the rocks of an off shore island. After catching a few large Spanish mackerel. I was more than ready to explore the island and look for beach treasures. Wow! The shell collecting was superb. The plant life tantalizing. The orchids in bloom were a pleasure to observe. Butterflies, wasps and bees were utilizing the nectar from a seaward sprawling tree that I could not identify, but looked hauntingly familiar. Have you ever seen a blue wasp? My neck hurt from trying to observe the shells, flowering plants, insects and driftwood this island possessed. The waterfalls were mythical. the flowering plants unbelievable. I still shake my head in amazement while I type.