Photography and Exploring

Photography and Exploring

I always enjoy a trip with Paul and Koni. They are from the wonderful state of South Dakota. ( I go way back in the Dakotas) This trip Paul and Koni brought along friends, it was enjoyable to listen and watch Koni point out all of the Islands as we made our way towards Cayo Costa. I surprised Koni by taking her to a spot we had never been to before. The beach was quiet and full of solitude. Next we traveled to  historic fishouses in Pine Island Sound. The tide allowed me to get very close. Paul took many photos, and I tried to give him all angles of the light. Everyone was smiling as we finished taking photos and started our trek back to Captiva. The trip was enjoyable for Paul, Koni and there guests.  I always learn something from Paul who has an excellent eye for capturing images.   After finishing my last trip of the day I traveled alone to Cayo Costa for the night. I took many photos of the sunset at the south end  of Cayo Costa while Jennifer Nettles sang a Matt Nathanson song over and over. It is always nice being on the water at sunset, even better spending the night on Cayo Costa, even for just a few hours.

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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