Sunrise, Solitude And Shells

Sunrise, Solitude And Shells

The Chicago sisters are long time shellers to the islands.  Our time on the water the last few years usually starts before sunrise. The goal is to get out on the water far away from any other boats, shut the engine off and watch night became day. The only sounds around are the osprey diving for fish, dolphin breathing, a pileated woodpecker and the sound of the brown pelicans wings. The break of dawn is the best part of the day (or at least one of them). Next we traveled to an isolated stretch of beach full of solitude and small treasures from the sea.  Another peaceful morning on the water with the Chicago sisters.
   Capt Brian
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.

  • Gail Douglas
    Posted at 17:27h, 15 March

    These pictures are killing me! I can't wait until May! The worm is great, and the sunrise photos are just stunning. What a beautiful day!

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 17:27h, 15 March

    What a beautiful way to start the day. And lucky Chicago girls to be away from the cold and snow.

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