Sandollars Friends and Photography

Sandollars Friends and Photography

Two names I always enjoy hearing together are Paul and Koni.  We always have a good time. Koni is a breath of fresh air and Paul is a pleasure to learn from and talk cameras. Paul is a superb photographer from the wonderful state of South Dakota. His images of the state are amazing. This trip I got to meet Koni’s son Ross and his wife Danielle. (Both Graduates from the University of Nebraska) We had a relaxing ride on the water and the beach was full of sand dollars. Paul was busy capturing the landscapes on the beach while the rest of us walked, talked and shelled on the beach. Paul took some great photos of Koni, Danielle and I looking at a sable palm. (Thanks Paul) I was pointing out the different uses of the plant and how the natives used the plant as cordage fiber for their fishing nets. The trip back to Captiva was filled with a quick stop by Captain Brian’s “secret spot”, followed by a  longer stop at a local watering hole on one of the islands where smugglers and President’s daughters have both sat.

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.

  • Jen S.
    Posted at 04:47h, 01 February

    Sounds like you had a nice, fun time on your adventure! Great pictures! 🙂

  • Ross Bjork
    Posted at 20:29h, 02 February

    Thanks for posting images of our trip, Capt. Brian! It was a pleasure to meet you and to experience the neighboring islands. Danielle and I had a great time and look forward to the next time we can go exploring with you. All the best!

    Ross Bjork