Captain Mike Fuery and I traveled in my boat to a place we both have shelled for many years, Cayo Costa. This trip was to attend the placing of a plaque for the original "Shell Lady of Cayo Costa Island", Carol Sellars. Carol lived on the island for decades and would shell almost every day. A small group of people attended this special event. Everyone present placed a shell next to Carol's plaque and stories were shared. It was a special day on the island. I enjoyed talking with Mike and listening to him on our trip to and from the island. We talked about shells, boats, secret spots, clients, cigars and shelling. Captain Mike Fuery and Carol Sellars are two people that I hold in high regards when it comes to Cayo Costa and shelling.
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
Friday, December 20, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The stars were aligned and it was a wonderful morning of walking in the mud. Many excellent shells were collected and NO live shells were collected. Walking the flats is always a learning experience. Kathy and Carol were excited to learn about this unique ecosystem. Carol made many new finds and Kathy loved just being out there. Carol found a beautiful true tulip, rose tellins and a few whelks. Kathy also found a few whelks, Morton egg cockles, a perfect banded tulip and many more. It is always fun to see the shells live in their environment. It was a beautiful morning with two happy shellers.
Monday, December 16, 2013
All you have to do is watch when nature presents itself. This is just what my good friends Nancy and Brian Johnson did on our recent trip exploring the islands. There were over 150 of my favorite birds flying overhead. We watched and took many photos. I never tire of watching this bird on the wing. The ironic part of it all, it was less than 400 yards from where I helped one of these birds out of the water last year. Watching nature can present itself in many different ways, having your eyes open is half the battle.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Today was the first day with a new camera lens. I am very excited to show you some of my photography with this new wide angle 12x24 lens. I have a lot to learn and look forward to the process. I can't wait for the summer clouds to appear through this lens, meanwhile I look forward to capturing the last light in the Everglades. Hope you enjoy the new perspective.