Paul Brooke- Explorer, Author, Photographer, Poet and friend of mine was in town, so we went exploring.  We both enjoyed exploring habitats of the barrier islands on paddle boards.  Paul was new to the paddle board, but was a quick learner and trusted me to paddle him around with his camera.  We explored remote locations as evidenced in the pictures above.  It’s a joy to take authors out in the field.  To view one of Paul’s recents works, go to Meditations on Egrets: Poems and Photographs of Sanibel Island.
Brian Holaway

I have been a Shelling Guide to Cayo Costa State Park since 1995. Many people know me as the Shelling Guide and Captain with Captiva Cruises over the past 20 years. In 2016 I began solely offering private small boat charters to the islands of Pine Island Sound including Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Useppa Island, Pine Island and North Captiva. I am a certified Florida Master Naturalist, licensed USCG Captain, avocational photographer, seashell enthusiast and passionate about the history, people and culture of Southwest Florida, especially Cayo Costa. I volunteer as a member of Friends of Cayo Costa State Park and have great respect for the heritage of Cayo Costa. My goal is to provide guests with an overall experience and appreciation for the waters, islands, shells, plants, marine life, wildlife, history and people of this unique area of Southwest Florida.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 09:55h, 13 July

    Next time we want the Holaway paddle cam with the audio. The pictures are great but I'm sure there was some snappy repartee going on.

  • mcnaught5
    Posted at 09:55h, 13 July

    It's hard to believe any of those houses survived Charlie, or any other storm for that matter. They're so exposed. One of them looks like the house Randy Wayne White used on the cover of "Deep Shadow".

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 10:05h, 13 July

    Kabye, You got it! I filmed a little but have not reviewed yet. I will film more next time.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 10:13h, 13 July

    Only the red one survived Charlie. The rest were rebuilt after Charlie. The eye went right over the fishhouses. (186 mile an hour winds) The fishouses were built in the 1920s.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 23:17h, 14 July

    I ♥ Paul and his awesome book–how lucky am I to have an AUTOGRAPHED copy of his book?!!! Sounds like you guys had a great time on your adventures! That's great 🙂

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 05:25h, 15 July

    Brian, you know and get to meet the most fascinating people. I want your job!