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