“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

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Seashell Photography and Shelling




















It was a wonderful day of beach combing, island hopping and exploring the flats. Kristen had been shelling with me last year and enjoys taking pictures of the shells. This year we did a little "Off  Roading " in the mud flats. We discovered that crocs may not be the best shoes to wear on the mud flats. Many cool treasures were observed and Kristen netted a nice Kings crown. We stopped for lunch at one of the outposts on North Captiva. She showed me the pictures she had taken a year ago on her Ipad. The photos were amazing. I enjoyed seeing the images she captured of the shells. She also introduced me to a new angle of view when taking pictures of the lightning whelk. After lunch we traveled to the next island to the north. The island was empty of people and full of shells. We discovered the largest tusk shell I have ever seen! Then another, and another. I had a total Nick Hahn moment and about hyperventilated right there on the beach. It was a great day of beach coming and exploring. I look forward to seeing Kristen's pictures and learning more photography skills from her next year.