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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Shelling With Katherine, Tom and Doris

The day started early for veteran sheller Katherine, Tom and Doris. We ran the Gulf to favorite Island number one. The dolphins were fun to see and hear as we took many photographs. I love it when the gulf is calm. Katherine and I walked and talked as we looked for new treasures. She found a great piece of junonia, a beautiful worm shell, three baby ears and two tusks, We also found the largest piece of an angel wing shell that I have ever seen. Katherine enjoyed learning about the ghost crab habitat and the intricacies of the wind effect on the beach dunes. It was a fun trip with Katherine, Tom and Doris.  Keep on shelling!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Today On The Water

Today I enjoyed taking two different clients out exploring. The water was beautiful and the skies looked great through the lens. I took over 300 photos and look forward to posting  more when I am off the water.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Island Perspectives

I have walked by this tree many times and always admire the beautiful texture. Yesterday the tide and clouds allowed me to capture this image at an angle that gave me a whole different perspective. The beauty of the islands never cease to amaze me.

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Great Egret

I know I take many photos of this bird, the Great Egret, but it is worthy of every shot. I was filling the boat up with gas when this guy was just calling to have his picture taken. Needless to say it took a long time to fill up with gas. This bird always makes me think of Guy Bradley, a plume hunter, who changed his way of thinking. He wanted to protect the the birds that he once hunted. Guy was given the badge and task to protect the birds he once hunted. It was the dawn of a new era. Guy was killed by another plume hunter in the line of duty trying to protect this bird you see in the photo above... the year was 1905. Thank you Mr. Bradley for your service and allowing me the opportunity to take photos of this Great Egret. If you would like to learn more about Guy Bradley, I highly recommend the book "Death In The Everglades" by Stuart B. McIver. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Three Bags Full

Margaret and Pattie filled three bags full of shells. Their glass is always half full. Margaret and Pattie are always full of good energy. We spent the first half of the trip on a newly formed sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico. It was a blast and full of many shells - worm shells, tulips, horse conchs, fighting conchs and more worm shells. It was a great experience with two experienced beachcombers. Next we traveled to a beach empty of people but full of shells. Margaret was in heaven!  She loves finding the unique creatures from the sea as well as the shells. Pattie is also a great collector of beach items. She has a good eye for just what she wants. It was a wonderful trip with two fellow beachcombers.  I look forward to our next time on the beach exploring. Thank you Margaret and Pattie!
Capt. Brian

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Curry Family and Semi

I love the state of South Dakota for many reasons. The Curry family(from South Dakota) proved to be another reason why I love South Dakota. David, Arlene, Renee, and Renee's friend Semi were great to go exploring and island hopping with. The trip started with viewing dolphin. Semi took many photos of the dolphin. Next we went to favorite spot #1. The beach was beautiful as ever. We shelled walked and talked. Renee talked about majoring in meteorology and how now she is studying ecology.  Arlene could have stayed on the beach all day(me too), Semi was ready for some shade and David was just happy to be there. It was time for our next island experience. We enjoyed a nice boat ride over to the Tarpon Lodge followed by a delicious lunch . After lunch we walked the pre-columbian shell mounds at the Randell Research Center.  We fit a lot in on this trip. The day was most enjoyable with new friends from the great state of South Dakota.