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Helicopter over NW Florida (Dec 2008)

Stephen L. Tabone Photography


The pictures in this Gallery were taken from a chartered helicopter flight that started in Ocala, Florida, and headed north to Gainesville where we flew around Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Then, we flew southwest to where the Suwannee River meets the Gulf of Mexico. From there, we headed south along the Gulf to and around Cedar Key and back to Ocala. The flight lasted over 3 hours and provided an opportunity to see some of Florida's amazing beauty from the air and capture it in pictures. The timing of the flight could not have been better, since over 5,000 sandhill cranes had recently arrived at Paynes Prairie to spend the winter and can be seen in many of the pictures.

This fabulous experience and beautiful pictures were made possible by my daughter, JulieAnne, who charted the flight for me as a gift for my birthday--a special birthday and very special daughter.

All photographs copyright 2008 Stephen L. Tabone. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

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Small Wetland Surrounded by Trees
Small Wetland Surrounded by Trees
Sky Reflected in Water and Sandhill Cranes Surrounded by a Dry Pasture
Sky Reflected in Water and Sandhill Cranes Surrounded by a Dry Pasture
Through the Windshield Approaching Orange Lake
Through the Windshield Approaching Orange Lake
Going from Ocala to Gainesville
Going from Ocala to Gainesville
Creek Surrounded by Cyprus Trees
Creek Surrounded by Cyprus Trees
Wetland and Sandhill Cranes
Wetland and Sandhill Cranes
Wetland, Sandhill Cranes, and Cow Paths
Wetland, Sandhill Cranes, and Cow Paths
Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes
Wetland, Sandhill Cranes, and Cow Paths
Wetland, Sandhill Cranes, and Cow Paths
42 Ibis and many Sandhill Cranes
42 Ibis and many Sandhill Cranes
42 Ibis and 7 Sandhill Cranes
42 Ibis and 7 Sandhill Cranes
149 Sandhill Cranes
149 Sandhill Cranes
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
7 Wild Horses and Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
7 Wild Horses and Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes on the Prairie
Thousands of Sandhill Cranes on the Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
An Eagle Flying Low over the Prairie
An Eagle Flying Low over the Prairie
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Paynes Prairie State Preserve
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Directly over Some Sandhill Cranes
Directly over Some Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on Paynes Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on the Prairie
Sandhill Cranes on the Prairie
15 Bison on Paynes Prairie
15 Bison on Paynes Prairie
12 Bison on Paynes Prairie
12 Bison on Paynes Prairie
Cyprus Trees on Paynes Prairie
Cyprus Trees on Paynes Prairie
La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie
La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie
La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie
La Chua Trail on Paynes Prairie
Westward View of the Prairie
Westward View of the Prairie
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Newnan's Lake, Gainesville
Suwannee River Near the Gulf
Suwannee River Near the Gulf
Over Gulf Coast Just South of Suwannee River
Over Gulf Coast Just South of Suwannee River
Approaching Cedar Key
Approaching Cedar Key
Approaching Cedar Key
Approaching Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Circling Cedar Key
Circling Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
Cedar Key
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key Along Gulf Coast
South of Cedar Key Along Gulf Coast
Heading in From the Gulf
Heading in From the Gulf
Trinity ME Church, Rochelle
Trinity ME Church, Rochelle
Trinity ME Church, Rochelle
Trinity ME Church, Rochelle
Heading East to Ocala Looking Southeast
Heading East to Ocala Looking Southeast
Returning to Ocala
Returning to Ocala
The Sweet Life for a Few Ocala Horses
The Sweet Life for a Few Ocala Horses
Over a Nursery with Many Open Holes
Over a Nursery with Many Open Holes
Cyprus Trees in B&W
Cyprus Trees in B&W
Returning to the Ocala Airport
Returning to the Ocala Airport
The Helicopter and my Seat at the Door
The Helicopter and my Seat at the Door