Panama Day 3

Panama Day 3

The day before America’s Independence day, I set out on a 27 foot boat with a 60 horse Yamaha tiller steering engine on the biggest ocean on this sphere, we call Earth. In search of fish to eat, shells to bring home and landscapes to forever fill my mind. The guide and Captain of the vessel, Miguel was from a nearby Island. His family has lived on the island since the 1600’s. Whales were observed with great awe. The spouting of the whale when it blows water is most indescribable. The day on the water in the pacific was as big as the Ocean itself. Viewing whales was spectacular. I was fortunate to see a mother and her calf. I continued to take many photos of the waves crashing on the rocks of an off shore island. After catching a few large Spanish mackerel. I was more than ready to explore the island and look for beach treasures. Wow! The shell collecting was superb. The plant life tantalizing. The orchids in bloom were a pleasure to observe. Butterflies, wasps and bees were utilizing the nectar from a seaward sprawling tree that I could not identify, but looked hauntingly familiar. Have you ever seen a blue wasp? My neck hurt from trying to observe the shells, flowering plants, insects and driftwood this island possessed. The waterfalls were mythical. the flowering plants unbelievable. I still shake my head in amazement while I type.

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.

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