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“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

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Isaac Shells










Today I traveled 60 miles in my boat looking for shells. I ended up on my favorite island close to one of my secret spots. The boat came to a screeching halt when I saw a pile of shells. After both anchors were set the collecting began. The shell pile was up to my waist. (Note to self, next time bring a rake to sift the shells.) I used one of my old tricks in the shell piles. (A few of you know this trick) There was just too much to focus on. I went back and forth again and again. The funny thing is I left more lightning whelks then I took. The olives were fabulous, smooth and shiny, the sharks eyes were a pleasant surprise. It was a great day of shelling. I look forward to scouting more areas to shell. There were pockets of shells in a couple of my secret spots. I am anxious to check those out on future trips.

11 comments:

Nancy said...

Do you remember how excited I was when Melissa found that lightning whelk and you found that perfect little shark's eye when we were on Cayo?! You would have needed defribrillators on your boat to resusciate me if I would have been there with you when you found this treasure trove!!!!! Waist-high in shells - talk about beyond my wildest dreams :-) We were thinking of you when we saw that beautiful full moon last night.

Roxanne Reinhart said...

Holy-Moly. Now that's what I call a shell pile!! Man I would love to be sittin and siftin right now!! Wow!!!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

All I can say is "Wow!" Is your back porch all put back to normal yet?

Little Black Scrap Cat said...

We are ready! Hope there are some left in Oct!!

gpc said...

I am just aching to be there!

Moira said...

WHAT a shell pile!!! Can't imagine having so many shells to pick through!

Janet from IL said...

Beautiful!

Stephanie said...

So great! Nothing better than a big ol' shell pile! I'd love to share your blog on my fb page-
https://www.facebook.com/seashellsandsaltyair

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Kim, the back porch is far from normal. It is very clean at the moment. I am going to hold off on putting some shells back until hurricane season is done for the year. I will keep you posted.

mkdally said...

There aren't even words for how amazing that'd be...!

Diana said...

Great finds, Brian! Love all the welks :)