Capt. Brian Travels Inland

Capt. Brian Travels Inland

I traveled inland  from the coast to take pictures of the pinewoods upland area. I was trying to get a jump start on a class I will be taking in March about the Florida Uplands. This will be my final class for the Florida Master Naturalist Program. I took many photos but found myself enjoying the hammock area more than the uplands. I guess it is hard to take the coastal  hammock plants out of my camera lens. There were only a handful of people in the woods that day. It just so happened that one was an old classmate of mine, Brenda. We both participated in a trip to the Amazon as part of our studies. It is always great seeing Brenda. She is full of all things positive. She also happens to be the Executive Director of the non-profit land we were on. (They are lucky to have someone like Brenda and her passion for all things wild)  If you find yourself inland and want a quiet walk in the woods, I recommend CREW Land & Water Trust.
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.

  • gpc
    Posted at 02:36h, 08 February

    Beautiful! I've always wanted to take the naturalist series. A friend of mine is taking them now, and I am so jealous, but it would be a long commute from michigan!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 02:44h, 08 February

    You got some great shots – I like the spider web one the best.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 09:54h, 08 February

    I bet you'll be glad to get this last course under your belt. As much as I love the coast, the hammocks are my next favorite place to traipse around in. I'm loving all those air plants.

  • Brenda Brooks
    Posted at 16:01h, 08 February

    So glad you headed to the best kept secret inland – CREW! Anytime you want to explore more of CREW, let me know and I'll show you all those "special" out of the way spots. Hope to see your clan out on the CREW trails again soon.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:45h, 09 February

    Karen, I will very pleased to have the final class under my belt:)

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 21:30h, 14 February

    I love your photos, they are gorgeous!

  • Suwannee Refugee
    Posted at 02:54h, 01 March

    I tried to get in that class in Charlotte Co. but registered too late. Next time…