Texas Shellers

Texas Shellers

The super moon tide was going out fast when we reached my favorite island.  Karen, Alaina and Melodie were as excited as I was to start exploring this isolated stretch of beach. The ladies from Texas were hearty shellers. They shelled their way from Texas stopping at beaches along the way. Then they were going to shell their way back. We talked about shells and what they had found along the way. They told me about the operculam from the turban shell they had found the day before in Northern Florida. I told Karen I had found some up that way a year ago, but never on this “island”. Ten minutes later she said, ”Look at this”. I’ll be darn if it wasn’t a operculam from the turban.(second photo from the top) Then she found another. WOW!! Then Melodie found one. Then I found one. My first ever in this location. The whole thing was very exciting. The ladies kept finding them and giving them to me. I just shook my head in amazement. All very cool finds. You never know what you will find. They also found many sand dollars and one excellent Arrow Head Sand Dollar. Karen had a very good shelling eye. Melodie was also a sharp sheller. We reluctantly started our trip back to Captiva, (we probably could have shelled all night.) The May skies were beautiful. It was a great trip with the ladies from Texas. Thank you ladies. God bless Texas!

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.

  • Roxanne Reinhart
    Posted at 02:04h, 11 May

    Beautiful shots again. Those skies!!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 02:09h, 11 May

    Thank you Roxanne. I took over 200 photos of the sky changing on that May sunset. Love those May skies. I was happy to be there.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 02:35h, 11 May

    Breath taking sunset.

  • Kim@Snug Harbor
    Posted at 13:55h, 11 May

    Brian, I don't know how it's possible, but your shots just keep getting better and better. I felt like I was right there on the island with you. Gorgeous sunset!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 14:02h, 11 May

    Thank you Kim.

  • Kaybe
    Posted at 16:34h, 11 May

    The Cayo Cowboy rides into the sunset again. One word – watermark. Git R Dun!

  • Capt. Brian Holaway
    Posted at 16:36h, 11 May

    I will get it done, thank you Karen.

  • mkdally
    Posted at 17:36h, 11 May

    I agree with the others — gorgeous sunset photos!! (and some pretty nice shells, too)