Did you ever wonder why the Florida sandhill crane strut across roadways at their own pace? They know that they are protected by the law. Several weeks ago, as my husband, Chet an I were having lunch at The Lodge, a patio restaurant at the nearby Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, we were visited by one of these cranes. It was not afraid of us, at all!!! In fact, it remained nearby, say within 2 to 3 feet, until another eager patron of the restaurant, camera in hand… seeking that ultimate close-up, simply moved in and got too close. Evan at that, the crane only casually walked away.