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, March 7, 2014

Shell Fair Festival 2014

It has been a busy week at the Sanibel Shell Festival. This year I was excited to enter a beautiful albino horse conch that I found a year ago. However, the judges were not as excited as I was about the albino and I did not receive a ribbon. The first place was a beautiful RIGHT handed whelk as opposed to a normal left handed whelk shell.  My friend Rachel did a stellar exhibit on natural pearls. I have a few photos above. Rachel also brought these cameos from a friend of hers who is a 3rd generation carver of shells from a remote island in Honduras. The cameos were my favorite and I am glad to have one in my house. The last photos are of the lovely and extremely talented Audrey O'Donnell who showed me how to thread a rice shell on wire for crafting.  The Shell Festival was a lot of fun, it was great seeing friends and talking shells and crafts.


Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'm sorry to hear you didn't win anything this year Brian, but it must be such a thrill to be there and see everything.

I love the cameo's too - so pretty!

Penny Redd said...

Wow, Katie would love the shell fair! I'm going to have to try to take her next time.

Nancy said...

If I were a judge, I would give you a ribbon :-)

Tiffany O'Donnell said...

Capt. Brian, It was wonderful to meet you at the show! I give you a Blue Ribbon for your Albino Horse Conch-Gorgeous! You did a great job learning to wire wrap! Thanks so much for the photos posted of the 1800's rice shell basket. My next peice to restore. Sincerely, Audrey O'Donnell

Morgan said...

Aww, bummer that you didn't win -- the picture here does that shell even more justice than the one you showed me on your phone. So cool.

Ellen said...

Excellent photos of the Shell Festival