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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Beautiful Evening

The evening weather was perfect for Pat and her daughter Jen. We collected many small shells. Baby ear shells, worm shells, olives, tusks, a rice shell, turbans, key hole limpets and a beautiful lace murex included in the collection. I look forward to exploring again in two weeks with Pat and her daughter.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Colorado Kentucky Family Fun

I had a wonderful time with Toby, Angie, Ryan, Julie, Karley (super sheller) and Roger. We traveled to a remote stretch of beach empty of people. The ladies were all excellent shellers. Karley the youngest of the females impressed me with her keen shelling eye. They found many rice shells, tusk shells, key hole limpets, a baby ear shell, and many more. I was also impressed with there container for keeping the shells in. Karley loves coquinas. She found many in all different colors. I noticed a lot of small black fossilized bone in the sand. It looked like the sand on Manitosta Key. A place I had been to before with the Essential Beachcomber Karen, learning different techniques for collecting fossilized sharks teeth. Well much to my surprise we found fossilized sharks teeth. I have only found a few on the Island in 17 years. It was a great day of shell collecting with a great shelling family. I look forward to our next shelling expedition. Keep on shelling Karley!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exploring With Ursla And John

I enjoyed the company of Ursula and John as we traveled to one of my secret spots. The shell  collecting was fun with Ursula. We walked and talked about shells found and shells we want to find. The walk was most enjoyable. So much I lost track of time and we had to walk quickly back to the boat. John was more of a walker than a sheller. He enjoyed just walking barefoot on the beach(go John).  We all enjoyed observing the flowering plants. The beautiful sea grape, the nicker bean getting ready to drop it's seed pod (my favorite), the prickly pear, and wild lantana.  I look forward to our next walking and talking adventure.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last Light At Cayo

The last light on Cayo tonight was beautiful. I was happy to be there and observe the light through my camera.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Here are a few more photos of the 400 I took a few days ago. I look forward to taking more photos tomorrow at a new location in Florida that I have heard a lot about. This time I will have to travel by truck. I look forward to the land adventure. But look more forward to returning to the Island that I already miss, Cayo Costa.