Yesterday morning I took a long run on the beach from here to the San Clemente pier. It's a nice beach to run because parts of it are quite secluded due to limited access from the road. That's probably why I saw a single crane just standing there. No one around to bother it.
Have you ever seen a crane up close? They're HUGE. And this one was standing as still as death. As I approached, it didn't flinch. Not a bit . . . until I was a few feet away. And then with a flick of reptilian eye, it took flight, beating the air with broad prehistoric wings until it glided over the water and into sky.