Melissa and Annie on Spring Break

Melissa and Annie on Spring Break

This week I had the pleasure of taking Melissa from Minnesota out for the day with her friend Annie.  Even though the day was a little on the chilly side by Florida standards, Melissa and Annie made the most of the day by taking lots of pictures in the overcast light.  Melissa is a great photographer. I took Melissa and Annie to lunch at the Tarpon Lodge and then after lunch we travelled over to one of Melissa’s favorite islands for some photography.  We took advantage of this light rainy day which prompted the resurrection ferns to open up  and allowing for excellent photo opportunities.  Annie enjoyed learning names of the plants on our walk around the island.  Notice the red coral bean in flower, this is the most coral bean I have seen in flower in one area in 20 years.  It was an amazing day for taking photographs and a nature walk in the woods. Sun or rain there is always beauty in a day on the water.
Melissa see you in August and safe travels to Africa this summer.
    Captain 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.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 03:25h, 16 March

    Awesome photos – each one better than the last. Its hard to pick a favorite from this group!

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 02:14h, 17 March

    I love your photos of the trees and ferns and flowers!!! LOVE THEM
    I can never get enough beach, ocean, sand sunset, etc…but I equally love the interior of the islands as well. Thank you for sharing again with us.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 00:28h, 18 March

    I don't think the cloudy skies dampened the day for Melissa and Annie at all. One thing we have learned through the years is that you just take what the day brings – you are absolutely right about there being beauty in any day spent on the water with our favorite Captain. The ladies did appreciate the extra jackets 🙂 What a fun adventure with so many great photo ops! Your photos and those that I have seen of Melissa's are gorgeous! And it looks like you went places we have not been to before – the shell house is really something! They said lunch at Tarpon Lodge was delicious. I am glad someone was able to enjoy my favorite meal 🙂 Melissa's mom is looking forward to hot and sunny in August!!!