~Lunch and a visit to a botanical garden

Howard did his magic, and searched out another local, unique place to eat lunch. We pulled into a full parking lot at Casey’s Seafood and More here in Sarasota for a late lunch. That and the fact we had to wait a few minutes for a table, told us he made a good choice. After ordering and eating, he picked another great one.

A common method to prepare fresh, grilled fish in southern Florida, is to offer it with several choices of toppings. Casey’s had four topping offerings: Garlic and Butter; Tomatoes, Olives, Capers; Orange; and Maple. My grilled fish was delicious with the Tomatoes, Olives and Caper topping. Yum!

Even though it was a cloudy day after lunch we headed toward historic downtown Sarasota to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Please go to this web-site to read about her life and the gardens. Marie Selby


Selby Gardens is a leader in the conservation and display of epiphytes, or plants that grow on other plants without harming them, such as orchids, bromeliads, and gesneriads. (their  information)

I am sorry to say I don’t remember the names of most of the trees, plants or flowers we saw during our walk and tour of the gardens. I hope you enjoy seeing them.

Colorful blooms, up close….

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Koi Pond…

Water falls splash into pools, hidden secrets draw you down winding paths, color dances on pavilion floors as sunlight shines through them, these and more all contribute to a tranquil visit…

The gardens border Sarasota Bay, where you can sit on a bench and watch the sunset, enjoy a resting Little Blue Heron, or watch the boats entering or leaving the bay.

Beautiful poems…


A Succulent Garden…



A winding path…


So many beautiful gardens, too many for me to do justice with these few photos.  Howard and I enjoyed our visit to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and if you are ever in the Sarasota area, I recommend a visit.


8 thoughts on “~Lunch and a visit to a botanical garden”

  1. Florida has so many beautiful places to see. Of course the local food is always a plus and it sounds like you have an expert traveling with you that can find that perfect spot to dine.

    1. Hi Steve! Yes, there are some gorgeous places to see and experience here in Florida. I believe that is true of most states, don’t you think?

      My expert Google searcher does a most admiral job, using Google Maps!

      Hope you are staying warm, along with the hounds, in the tropics of Indiana.

      1. I would agree that most states have great places to visit. Trying to stay warm at 8° right now. That feels much colder than that ‘dry’ cold I use to feel living near Breckenridge when it was -35° 🙂

  2. Looks like a beautiful garden. Your header photo is very intriguing. I’m finally shooting with a DSLR. When you go on an outing such as the botanical garden, what lens do you use or do you bring multiple? I sometimes feel conflicted on which lens to use when I don’t want to take a second along. It’s a learning curve 🙂

    1. Hi Ingrid! Yes it was a beautiful botanical garden, and I am very glad we went for a visit.

      We had cancelled one visit, due to high winds and cloudy skies. After our lunch on this day, even though it was cloudy, we decided to go.

      I wish I would have had my Macro Lens with me, but I didn’t. It would have taken us a “longer” time to tour the grounds. LOL!

      It is always a question isn’t it of what lens to bring.

      I had my 18 to 270mm lens, which is my go to when I don’t want to carry multiple lenses. Have fun with your photography and equipment. It is such a fun hobby!! Enjoy!

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