“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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Capt. Brian's Back Porch








Somebody recently asked about my shell collection. Here are some photos of my back porch. These shells were collected in the last two years. Some were from Panama, most were collected in southwest Florida. The shells were found at low tide and high tide after winter storms and light winds. The beauty of shelling is that you never know what you will find. Kind of like my back porch or garage.

12 comments:

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Nice haul. You kind of have a treasure chest of goodies there. I love the old, frosted glass bottles too.

Jen S. said...

I ♥ your back porch AND your garage! Both are very cool places where there's all kinds of neat things. Your shell collection is AMAZING!!

Shelllady said...

I agree...amazing!! Did the huge murex come from Florida??....and I love the baby ears and angel wings....Heck..I love them all!!

Kaybe said...

Holy baby ear Shell Man! I've never seen so many in one cigar box (which is awesome too)

Capt. Brian said...

The large murex are from Panama. One mans's trash is another mans's treasure. This family ate the murex and then threw them out by the sea. I collected the shells. (35 pounds worth) and found out they are pretty tasty. O, how I love Panama.

mkdally said...

So amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

A truly amazing shell collection. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love the baby's ears. They are my favorite and I always feel lucky when I find one.
What a collection, now what do you do with them?

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

I always feel lucky too. I give some away. I plan on putting them in a round glass fishbowl.

Beachgirl said...

Great collection! I have collected shells every year on Captiva since I was a little girl and never tire of it!

Tara said...

Great collection! Being landlocked in Iowa I can only dream of a collection like this! What is the green liquid that shells are soaking in (6th picture)? Thank You for sharing your collection!

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Tara, Thanks for the comment. The green liquid is Mr. Clean. I was trying to get rid of the smell of wormshells found in some funky smelling muck.