The Miller family have traveled with me to the out islands for a number of years. Three weeks ago Corey the father called and said, "All my daughter wants for her eighth birthday is to go out with Captain Brian". I thought it would be a great idea to get a cake and surprise her and the rest of the family. While the family was out snorkeling and swimming I brought the cooler with the cake in it and all of the provisions for an island birthday party. It turned out great! The weather and water was perfect. Great treasures were found on the beach and in the water. Graham found a large anchor (that is currently in the back of my truck) and Chloe found a shiva shell that was very large. I always enjoy the time on the water with the Miller family. Happy Birthday Quincy!
Immerse in an ECO-Tour and Experience Southwest Florida Islands by Boat
“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
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Rachel is a creative explorer of unique natural treasures of the sea. We share a common bond, "the rare pink pearl". I have learned a vast amount of knowledge about the mini shell world from Rachel. On a boat trip our conversation led to remote places, rare seashells and the pink pearl. She has not only acquired pink pearls but has made beautiful pieces of jewelry showing the special characteristics of this natural ocean gem. Here is a link to her site Natural Pink Pearls. If you would like to purchase her custom pink pearl jewelry, she's offering a 15% discount if you use the code Brian15. Thanks to Rachel I am the happy owner of two of these gems of the sea.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Ron is an avid photographer and Carol enjoys shelling. We started our trip by exploring the flats. Carol found many sunray venus shells. Next we went to a spot where we took photos of osprey, red-bellied woodpeckers and frigate birds. The next location the surf had picked up in the Gulf which made anchoring a real task so we traveled to the sound side, anchored and explored for shells. On the return trip the sky was absolutely stunning through the lens. Thank you Ron and Carol.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Our trip started at 7am and ended at 2pm. We covered a lot of area in a short amount of time. Debbie and Chuck are beachcombers and lovers of nature. Debbie is a good photographer and has a good eye for her subject matter. I enjoyed learning from her shooting photos. Debbie spotted this red-bellied woodpecker (the bird in the top photo) when we stepped off the boat. The sky was grey so this shot was a little tricky. Debbie captured some great shots. We also found a piece of lions paw. The sky started to turn blue instead of grey as we traveled to another island. Debbie and Chuck love the broken lightning whelks. We found the mother load of these west of secret spot no number. Then it was off to the Tarpon Lodge for a relaxing lunch and conversation. On the way back to Captiva we took pictures of the historic fishouses in the sound. It was a fun day of nature, photography and shelling with Debbie and Chuck.