Usually, I don't post back-to-back photos on the same subject. But, I'm making an exception! I returned to the celery fields last night and enjoyed watching and listening to many sandhill cranes. In response to a few queries about the name: the celery fields, I've discovered, are so named because celery was grown in the area dating back to the mid-1920s. From what I understand, socialite/pioneer Bertha Palmer first planted celery here. It just so happens, the celery fields are located off Palmer Road. (As a side note, Bertha was such an influential pioneer, this year has been declared the Bertha Palmer Centennial in Sarasota County, marking 100 years since she moved from Chicago to Sarasota.) So, the old celery fields are now a watershed -- and the Sarasota Audubon Society has big plans for the area. It seems everyone is in agreement the fields are a treasure and need to be preserved.