“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, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas from Captain Brian






Merry Christmas from the Islands! The shells in the photos were all self collected in the last 17 years from my favorite beach. I am thankful to walk on this beach as much as I do. Every day is a gift.  May your days be filled with low tides and blue skies. I thought I would share a quote from a lady who used to explore the beaches of Captiva.
I think of this quote often, as I walk my favorite beach.
    "The waves echo behind me. Patience- Faith -Openness...
      is what the sea has to teach. 
      Simplicity - Solitude - Intermittency ...
      But there are other beaches to explore.
      There are more shells to find. 
      This is only the beginning."
                                            -Ann Morrow Lindbergh.

14 comments:

Jen S. said...

I do believe this is my most favorite post ever!! I LOVE it!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Merry Christmas to my favorite Sea Captain! The first photo of you could be a Christmas card - very nice.

Shelllady said...

Merry Christmas Captain Brian, it's been a pleasure to meet you and talk with you this year, and I hope to continue our conversations next year!! Thank You so much for sharing your paradise with us with your wonderful pictures and stories from our favorite place!!

Kaybe said...

I agree with Jen - this has to be my new favorite post of yours. Christmas blessings to you & yours.

Sonja said...

Merry Christmas! I would love to go back to that place--we loved it last March!

Along A Widowed Road said...

Hey Captn Brian,
I'm visiting compliments of your sister, Jen.
You blog post for a Merry Christmas is one of peace.
How beautiful.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Viola from along a widowed road.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Brian, stopping by thanks to your sis! Jen was right this a wonderful post. Very creative and heartfelt.
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Kansas! I am so happy that you and Jen found each other, she is by far one of the best!

Jodi R.

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too!!

Anonymous said...

Happy holidays from our family to yours, Brian. Love your posts! Corly and Paul

Shellbelle said...

Merry Christmas Captain Brian, to you and yours.

I'm so happy I stopped in today to see this wonderful post, it warmed the "cockles" of my soul.

Melissa said...

LOVE this post! Merry Christmas to our favorite Captain! Happy holiday wishes to the rest of the family, too!

Susan said...

Happy new year to you and your family! Looks like 2012 is set to be wonderful. Thank you for making such a great blog post - love the Lindbergh quote.

Anonymous said...

Good luck in the Glades, Brian. I still think of the story you told us of finding all of those alphabet cones down there! Our trip with you this past July is one of my family's favorite memories of the year. BTW, my football team went 6-6 this year. We lost in the sectional championship. Take Care.

Coach Roeder

Moira said...

What a great way to wish us "Merry Christmas"!!
Hope you have a great New Year, too. See you in a few short months!!