It was a 7 mile workout on the way to the head springs at Weeki Wachee (14 miles round trip). I wasn't the only one that commented on the severity of the current along the way. Okay, maybe it was only perceived as being stronger than usual, but it was enough to work up a healthy sweat. Of course my mom would say women don't sweat, they perspire. Apparently, she's never been kayaking.
Keeping up with the group and paddling against that "perceived strong current" didn't allow for many photo opportunities, so the pictures are limited to the few places where we stopped for breaks.
The first two photos were taken along the side of the road on the way to the launch site. I quietly got out of my car, leaving the door slightly ajar so as not to disturb, and squatted down behind the tall grass. Not the greatest position for photos, but it was a thrill to be that close to such a magnificent bird. As they moved toward me, I wondered how long before they'd react to my presence, but they didn't seem to mind at all. After about 5 or 6 minutes two of the cranes began to trumpet in unison. Perhaps being that close wasn't a good idea.. it took another 10 minutes to regain my hearing.