and who am I to deny :mrgreen: The pictures sadly are not too my liking, but it's really tough to get a good shot of a black hairy ball on a sunny day. None of the pictures are cropped. All where shot with 125mm full zoom. A note of caution: I have been around bears as a kid and have worked many years in the bush in mineral exploration. I am cautious with them, yet quite comfortable . I have read extensively on them and observed them on countless occasions. I am confident in reading their body language and know how to react to it. If you cannot handle a bear charging you, do not get this close, even the semi tame ones found in parks.. A bears mood can spin on a time. I was on a back road where no one lived for 50 miles in either direction when this critter poped out of the bush. He's looking at me hopeing I am something good to eat. They are rather hungry this time of the year He started grazing on the grass right in front me, I had never seen that before. Time was slipping by and I soon had to leave so I moved in closer trying to fill the frame. I am on the edge of his comfort zone. His fight or flee instincts are starting to kick in, so a backed up a couple of steps hoping he would get even more comfortable with me. The bear starts making a circle around me trying to get past. I have to go, so I move in closer. Ooops I moved in to close, one last look at me and of into the bush she goes I believe this bear was either a female or a young male, had this been an older male I would not have gotten this close.