“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, January 31, 2012

Sandollars Friends and Photography









Two names I always enjoy hearing together are Paul and Koni.  We always have a good time. Koni is a breath of fresh air and Paul is a pleasure to learn from and talk cameras. Paul is a superb photographer from the wonderful state of South Dakota. His images of the state are amazing. This trip I got to meet Koni's son Ross and his wife Danielle. (Both Graduates from the University of Nebraska) We had a relaxing ride on the water and the beach was full of sand dollars. Paul was busy capturing the landscapes on the beach while the rest of us walked, talked and shelled on the beach. Paul took some great photos of Koni, Danielle and I looking at a sable palm. (Thanks Paul) I was pointing out the different uses of the plant and how the natives used the plant as cordage fiber for their fishing nets. The trip back to Captiva was filled with a quick stop by Captain Brian's "secret spot", followed by a  longer stop at a local watering hole on one of the islands where smugglers and President's daughters have both sat.