I enjoyed taking photos of places I have observed before and found some new ones that I have never seen before. I was busy taking pictures of the sea grape leaves lost in thought when I got tangled / scraped by a nicker bean vine. The vine was somewhere I have not seen this plant before. The nicker bean is a favorite shrub of mine that produces  a seed pod that you occasionally find on the beach. The seed pod is also called a “sea pearl”.  I never tire of the smooth sea pearl. The sunset on the water tonight was equally satisfying. The moon was half full in the daylight hours. I gave Van Morrison a rest and let Neil Young sing Harvest Moon as the wake of the boat found the shore of Captiva 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.

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