Exploring On A Beautiful Day

Exploring On A Beautiful Day

The weather was absolutely perfect for exploring. Kathy from Tampa and I covered a lot of different ecosystems. We started on the flats walking and talking about everything we observed. Next it was off to the outer islands. A new sandbar had recently emerged in the Gulf. The wind was calm so we went exploring in “Terra Incognito”. I love it when the situation presents itself. After the newly formed sand spit was explored we went to another island. This island was full of wildlife and shells and empty of people. The back country was another gem of surprises on this day. It was a most pleasurable day on the water with Kathy exploring places just off the far horizon.
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.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:19h, 28 September

    Looks like a gorgeous day on the water – a little bit of everything! Love the spoonbills and skimmers.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 10:41h, 28 September

    It definitely looks like a perfect day. Gorgeous photos. Gorgeous shells. Perfection!!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 10:41h, 28 September

    Beautiful. Love that huge shell!

  • Little Black Scrap Cat
    Posted at 23:29h, 29 September

    I love that little new island in the middle of nowhere!!!

  • mkdally
    Posted at 18:37h, 30 September

    I feel relaxed just seeing those pics!

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 19:58h, 30 September

    What a nice variety of pictures. The color of the morning glories is beautiful. They kind of match the spoonbills. Love those! Thanks for sharing!

  • Karen Blackford
    Posted at 19:58h, 30 September

    Hay Buddy,
    Just wanted to wave hello. I'm still beached with family stuff. Mom is having open heart again. Hugs to you and the family.

  • Moira
    Posted at 03:08h, 03 October

    what's that I hear???? Oh… those King Crowns are calling my name! lol

    Great pics, Brian!