“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

Monday, August 22, 2011

4-H Photos, Shelling, and Fun









I enjoyed taking four Native Floridians from the panhandle exploring on a photo, shelling, and wildlife outing.  Our trip started with rain clouds lurking in the gulf . We traveled to Cayo Costa and let the rain pass while we took shelter. The younger ladies are very active in 4-H and were interested in taking photos for different categories in 4-H contests. This was music to my ears! One of the girls used 35mm film and her friend used digital while the mom was shooting digital pictures. Grandma was just having fun.  The mom is an excellent sheller and has found great finds in the panhandle of Florida. I put this on my list of places to go shelling.  She also collects miniature shells like the "Sanibel Sisters" do. Believe it or not she showed me a picture of miniture shells she had collected that all fit on the head of a penny.  One of the miniatures was a sand dollar- AMAZING. After an enjoyable walk on the beach collecting shells and photographs we motored back to Captiva.  I enjoyed three generations of Floridians and listening to the stories of 4-H and the beaches of North Florida. Good luck girls on the 4-H photos!