Photographer and Shell Collector, Kristen, from Kansas City

Photographer and Shell Collector, Kristen, from Kansas City

This week, I took Kristen from Kansas City out for the whole day.  We left the marina as the moon was setting and the sun rising, then returned to the dock as the sun set.  We started out on the flats taking pictures of the shells and marine life in the morning light. The conditions were perfect for photography on the flats.  I took over 300 photos before 9:00am. After shelling on the flats, we shelled the beach before taking off to the Tarpon Lodge for a delicious lunch.  Following lunch, we walked pre-columbian shell mounds at the Randall Research Center Site. The seas were calm which allowed me to travel near the north end of Cayo Costa in search of dolphin which she photographed for nearly 30 minutes. The remainder of the afternoon was spent shelling the beaches.  Kristen has a talented eye for photography and I always learn something from her perspective.
Thank you Kristen for a fun and educational day of shooting photos and shelling on the water.
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 02:27h, 01 February

    Sounds like a heavenly day with lots of great photo ops. It sure beats our 30 below wind chill 🙂

  • AntKaybe
    Posted at 03:13h, 01 February

    So that's what the flats look like without a tropical storm surge on them 😉

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 03:17h, 01 February

    AntKaybe, Yep, We will make it there someday.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 11:14h, 01 February

    You got some beautiful shots Brian. I really like the close ups

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 22:59h, 02 February

    Thank you Kim.

  • Traci Mason
    Posted at 10:27h, 03 February

    Wow…great pictures…I just love them. So cool.

    She found great shells too. What a wonderful day out exploring. Thats a long day to go from sunrise to sunset.

    I gotta go back and look at your pictures again…lol…Try and narrow down my favorite one! 🙂

  • Moira
    Posted at 21:49h, 03 February

    Wow – what a day!!! love the pics and shells – my favorite is the egg casing curly-q'd in the sand! Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan
    Posted at 12:15h, 05 February

    Amazes me that you catch the green face each year during breeding season. Beautiful.

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 12:52h, 05 February

    Susan, It amazes me too. I took many shots of the green on the great Egret. You can never take enough shots of that.