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

Monday, September 24, 2012

What a fun afternoon with Rebecca, Garret, Nicole and Jamie. We took advantage of the extremely low tide and explored the flats. The live shells were a beautiful sight to see. Garret led the way finding many large lightning whelks. His girlfriend enjoyed the shells from a safe distance. Jamie was a great little adventurer and pointed out many live shells and a beautiful starfish. I enjoyed talking with Rebecca about cameras as she took many photos of the kids and wildlife. Rebecca is an outdoor lady (who walked barefoot on the flats I might add) and has a quick eye for photography. We all got a great look of a 4 foot bonnet head shark that was trapped in a tidal pool.  Garret followed it for a while in knee deep water with his mom right behind him taking pictures. It was a great day on the  water with an adventurous family.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Exploring With The Merriman Family

 The weather was perfect for a day of exploring with Steve, Rita and Mike. We listened to dolphin breathing, while Mike took pictures of  the whole experience on our way to favorite spot number 1. Mike wanted to find an angel wing and ended up finding a great specimen of one. Rita was enjoying finding shells both in the water and on the beach. She could have stayed there all day. Steve was  enjoying everyone enjoying themselves. I enjoyed the conversations with Steve about photography. Thank you for a fun day on the water exploring.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Morning Colors

 Here are a few photos of the early morning light, clouds and water I took this morning from the boat.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Robin and John

Robin and John from Arkansas were a pleasure to have on the boat. We started shelling at secret spot #2.  Robin was in heaven with all the shells she was finding. John enjoyed finding sand dollars.  The rainclouds from the Gulf were headed our way. We made the decision to travel to a nearby island for lunch and let the storm pass. The storm passed and the tide was going out strong. We anchored at favorite spot #1 and hit the shell bonanza. Robin found large lightning whelks, fighting conchs, worm shells, shark eyes and angel wings. She also found a beautiful scotch bonnet...... with a hermit crab in it. We let it go back to the water, but not without getting a few good pictures.  John found some large whelks as well.  He also found a perfect banded tulip.  We pulled the anchors and dodged one last storm before getting back to the dock. It was a wonderful trip with Robin and John. I look forward to seeing them again.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Early Morning

I arrived at the marina early and was prepping the boat for a morning trip. I kept looking at the sky, clouds and light. I finally couldn't take it. I pushed the boat off the dock and set out to capture the changing light and colors. My trip was leaving in 20 minutes. I thought, "I can shoot for 20 minutes". I took many photos then went back to the dock. The clouds began to change again and the light was even better. I once again pushed the boat off the dock and motored to a spot in the bay to take even more photos. Looking through the lens I alternated my hand from the lens to the throttle.  I took more photos. The light and clouds were amazing this morning. I even managed to make it back to the dock for my trip on time.