A Day In December With Kathy

A Day In December With Kathy

We left the dock as the sun was rising. Kathy has traveled with me many times. We started our trip by exploring the flats. The morning light was perfect for taking pictures. Next it was off to secret spot number 2, where many sea urchins were collected. Then it was off to lunch on a small island where we observed gopher tortoises in the wild and walked the nature trail on this historic little island. Then we traveled to another isolated stretch of beach to explore for the rest of the afternoon. Another wonderful day on the water with Kathy. Thank you!  Capt Brian

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.

  • Cindy Senkar
    Posted at 11:11h, 27 December

    The photos are stunning. What a beautiful day.

  • Kathy H
    Posted at 22:05h, 27 December

    Thanks for another great day on the water. The photos turned out wonderful, as always. …especially the crab. It was awesome to observe the living mollusks and sea anenomies on the flats, plus the jelly fish. And being able to collect the rose petal tellins, Morton's egg cockles, and sea urchins was great. it was really special to be able to observe the gopher tortoises in the wild!

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 11:38h, 28 December

    In one of the last photos, is that an attached pair of Morton's Egg Cockles? Beautiful coloring!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 21:56h, 29 December

    Gail, yes it is.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 21:57h, 29 December

    Great photos! The scallop and crab pics are my favorites! It looks like you were eye-to-eye with the crab 🙂

  • Erin White
    Posted at 21:57h, 29 December

    Love the variety of critters you discovered on this outing – amazing quantity and diversity, and great photography too! Thanks for flying the Florida SEE flag on your site – much appreciated.

    Erin White