“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, May 10, 2011

Sanibel Sisters








 Three crafty, avid, and extreme sheller's traveled with me today in search of miniature shells.  They are known as the "Sanibel Sisters". Every year these sisters leave there home state of California and spend days shelling on Sanibel and Captiva. The lady's came equipped with shell containers for certain types of shells and something I have never seen before, 14 inch tweezers. Yes 14 inch tweezers. They used this tool very efficiently for picking up miniature shells.  I was impressed.  They found many miniature's and worm shells, a periwinkle, and five and a half baby's ears. We shelled until after sunset. The island was quiet and nothing around but the sound of the gentle surf and a pileated woodpecker pecking away on a black mangrove tree. One of the sisters had a amazing tattoo of a seahorse. She was kind enough to let me share it on my blog. I enjoyed learning  from the Sanibel Sisters.  After the sun slipped over the horizon and the woodpecker was silent we traveled back to Captiva under a half moon.