Photography and Shelling with Ron and Carol

Photography and Shelling with Ron and Carol

Ron is an avid photographer and Carol enjoys shelling. We started our trip by exploring the flats. Carol found many sunray venus shells. Next we went to a spot where we took photos of osprey, red-bellied woodpeckers and frigate birds. The next location the surf had picked up in the Gulf which made anchoring a real task so we traveled to the sound side, anchored and explored for shells. On the return trip the sky was absolutely stunning through the lens. Thank you Ron and Carol.
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.

  • Janet from IL
    Posted at 01:48h, 07 June

    Great shots! So many Sunray Venus Clams! Love the shot of the "Florida" clouds (that's what I call the tall ones). Stay safe and enjoy the bounty after the clouds pass!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 01:50h, 07 June

    Thank you Janet. It will be good shelling when the storm clouds pass.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 10:04h, 07 June

    The clouds and the reflection on the water are beautiful. The water is so calm… a gorgeous day!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 10:04h, 07 June

    Great picture of the wood peckers. That last photo of the clouds and water is stunning!

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 10:27h, 08 June

    You have outdone yourself this time. The shots are simply amazing!! I love the first one and the ones with the reflection and the one with the birds and……lol
    Great job.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 15:32h, 11 June

    Wow! Awesome picture of the red-bellied woodpeckers! Love the clouds and the reflection in the water, too!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 23:49h, 11 June

    Thanks Melissa, looking forward to seeing your pictures when you get back from Africa. Travel safe and see ya soon.

  • Ron May
    Posted at 00:39h, 13 June

    What a wonderful adventure! I got some great shots and Carol got some great shells. Can't wait till next time!