Debbie And Chuck

Debbie And Chuck

Our trip started at 7am and ended at 2pm. We covered a lot of area in a short amount of time. Debbie and Chuck are beachcombers and lovers of nature. Debbie is a good photographer and has a good eye for her subject matter. I enjoyed learning from her shooting photos. Debbie spotted this red-bellied woodpecker (the bird in the top photo) when we stepped off the boat. The sky was grey so this shot was a little tricky. Debbie captured some great shots. We also found a piece of lions paw. The sky started to turn blue instead of grey as we traveled to another island. Debbie and Chuck love the broken lightning whelks. We found the mother load of these west of secret spot no number. Then it was off to the Tarpon Lodge for a relaxing lunch and conversation. On the way back to Captiva we took pictures of the historic fishouses in the sound. It was a fun day of nature, photography and shelling with Debbie and Chuck.
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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 13:06h, 05 June

    What is the black triangular thing? It almost looks like a piece o sand dollar? And what is the white thing that looks like a puffer fish?

  • Ron May
    Posted at 02:21h, 06 June

    The first picture is of a red bellied woodpecker, not a flicker.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 20:06h, 06 June

    Ron, You are correct, I was wrong with this identification. Thank you for bringing it to my attention, it will be corrected.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 10:33h, 08 June

    Kim, it is a piece of old Sandollar. The other is the shell of a spider crab.