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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tarpon Lodge with Nancy & Melissa




It was another great adventure with Nancy and Melissa. We started our trip by boating over to the Tarpon lodge for a delicious lunch. then it was off to favorite island number one. The storm clouds were building so we stayed at the north end of the island in a new hiding spot.(it worked great for riding the storm out.)  Nancy found a great whelk while Melissa took pictures of the birds and a rainbow. We followed the rainbow back to Captiva just ahead of the next wave of storms.  Two days later we went on another great cruise. This time the skies were a little more sunny and the dolphins were very playful as we observed sea turtles eating jellyfish.  It was a great day to observe nature on the water.
Thank you Melissa for taking all of the (great) photos above and
thank you Nancy for being the outdoor trooper that you are.
                                                            Capt. Brian 


Roxanne Reinhart said...

I love that lightning whelk! She captured some great photos as well. Looks like a fab time was had

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a beautiful whelk! I figured it must have been chilly out since you had a jacket on.

Nancy said...

It was pretty chilly - high temp that day was only 90 degrees :-)

Capt. Brian Holaway said...

Kim, In my excitement to look at Nancys whelk I forgot to take my rain jacket off.

Nancy said...

I was very excited about the whelk, too! I think I said I would be happy with one shell and what a great shell it is - my biggest whelk ever!! Then there was the rainbow, a wonderful lunch at Tarpon with our gracious host, Rob and our sever, Jen (who makes the best coffee drinks!!) and enough photo ops to keep Melissa busy. We had great spots to wait out the rain - can't expect to be on the water in August and not see some rain, but we never worry because you always have Plans B, C and D - such an adventure with so many memories :-) I think our second trip topped the first one, though - lots of sunshine, great company and a wildlife show like notthing we have experienced before. Melissa got tons of great pictures and I just enjoyed soaking up the beauty of it all. Once again, our time with you was the highlight of our trip!! Thank you so much!!!

mkdally said...

Great whelk, and great photos!

Moira said...

wow! Nice whelk! Brian - you have a knack for finding those!! :D