Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

Celery Fields – Birds, Birds, Birds – Sarasota, Florida

The Celery Fields, just east of Sarasota, Florida is around 360 acres owned by Sarasota County and is used as a primary flood mitigation zone.   It is managed by the county Storm Water and Sarasota County Parks & Recreation departments.   The Sarasota Audubon Society helps manage the area & their volunteers man the pavilions and give bird tours of the area.  The area was formerly used as farmland where they grew various crops but primarily celery, hence the name!  I have driven by this area many times on my way to other destinations and it looked like a great place for our Florida birds.   The name of the place came up in a conversation during the week so when I contacted my photography buddy about a place to visit this weekend I included the Celery Fields.   He had been there a few years ago and said there were 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Sarasota, Florida

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens – Sarasota, Florida

After my recent trips to Maine (see Part 1-12) & Rhode Island, it was time to get back to traveling a bit closer to home, here in Florida!   With the 4 day weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday I decided I had time to drive south about an hour to Sarasota and visit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

This is one of my favorite places to photograph flowers and I was pleasantly surprised

Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence – Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo – Providence – Rhode Island

When ever I travel, even for a couple of days, I try to allow enough time to see something in the area.  I recently attended the Mike Moats Macro Summit in Seekonk, MA and setup my flight late in the day after the conference so I would have some time in Providence, RI.  The Roger Williams Park Zoo was on the way to the airport so I decided to stop there.  The animals and the fall colors gave me some

Asticou Azalea Garden –  Northeast Harbor, Maine – Part 11

Asticou Azalea Garden – Northeast Harbor, Maine – Part 11

On the last day of our week in Maine, after spending the morning in Wonderland (part 10), we had some time, so we decided to stop by an interesting garden we had passed several times in our travels around the area.  Asticou Azalea Garden is in Northeast Harbor.

It is a public garden, owned and conserved by the Land & Garden Preserve.  We pulled in to the tree lined parking lot, pulled out our cameras and