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Aug 28, 2015 17:59 |  #286

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Aug 29, 2015 03:08 |  #287

Maureen you were right :) I finally sold the 5Diii, it sat idle with the 6D and 7Dii getting all the attention.
It's worse now I've added the A7Rii, it's night/low light performance will negate the 6D unless the trail is dangerous and then
the 6D will be in the pack.
Sadly the 300 2.8 is ii is also idle since I added the 400DOii but it is going to Costa Rica in a couple of months attached to the 6D
for the low light birds.
I'll hang on to the 7Dii until the GH5 is out along with the 100-400g Leica, by then I'll be old(er) and stiff and probably just not
capable of wielding any of the heavy EOS bodies.


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Aug 29, 2015 22:35 |  #288

The place was so thick with huckleberry bushes, twice I almost stepped on this sow and cub while they were napping. The cub came closer, and the sow followed snapping her jaw. She avoided direct eye contact, though. 300mm uncropped.

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Aug 30, 2015 00:32 |  #289

^great bruins and motivation.
We'll be doing a 3 day backpack again in GSMNP next week....though approx. 1500 bears are there chances are small since backpacking we'll tend to stay on trail.
I will have my mighty GM5 + Lumix 40-140mm on the shoulder strap just in case :)


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Aug 30, 2015 17:14 |  #290

MedicineMan4040 wrote in post #17688247 (external link)
^great bruins and motivation.
We'll be doing a 3 day backpack again in GSMNP next week....though approx. 1500 bears are there chances are small since backpacking we'll tend to stay on trail.
I will have my mighty GM5 + Lumix 40-140mm on the shoulder strap just in case :)

Don't mess up my "back yard" Medicine Man :-)


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Aug 30, 2015 17:21 |  #291

Shot4u2 wrote in post #17688150 (external link)
The place was so thick with huckleberry bushes, twice I almost stepped on this sow and cub while they were napping. The cub came closer, and the sow followed snapping her jaw. She avoided direct eye contact, though. 300mm uncropped.

And you are aware that "jaw snapping" is an aggressive posture by a black bear? Even more so a sow with a cub .....


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Aug 30, 2015 20:18 |  #292

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And you are aware that "jaw snapping" is an aggressive posture by a black bear? Even more so a sow with a cub .....

Thank you. Yes, I know too well. I also hunt, and spend a lot of time in the woods. We are loaded with bear in NJ. I've had many close encounters from teeth chattering, tongue lapping, side stepping, snapping, being followed/tracked, and being charged. If I have the opportunity to back out, I do. But when I find myself in a close situation, I hold my ground and let them make the first move, or watch them out of the corner of my eye as I keep walking by. They are very use to human presents here, and she showed no threatening postures. She was watching and following her cub the whole time. I was a little concerned when the cub came closer. People feed bear in the area, so I was hoping it wasn't coming closer looking for a hand-out.




  
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Aug 30, 2015 20:56 |  #293

Don't worry trip cancelled. We saw the forecast-90F Fri and Sat. I'm too old to carry the backpack in that heat and humidity.


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Aug 30, 2015 21:43 as a reply to  @ MedicineMan4040's post |  #294

Try these. You can turn the Greenspeed Anuras into a tandem as set up in the image. You can pedal them separately or attach an electric drive. And you can rig them to carry a lot of stuff. The rear wheel or delta trikes are better for off road, but the tadpoles, two wheels to the front are faster and carry more.


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Aug 30, 2015 22:04 |  #295

^great trikes! But like my Metabike Metaphysic no go on mountaneous trails.


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Aug 30, 2015 22:14 as a reply to  @ Shot4u2's post |  #296

I've done Springer to Hanover on the AT and all hikers I met saw the most bear in NJ.....I saw nary a one, in fact my only bear encounter up close and personal was on the AT in a torrential downpour in Massachusetts. He turned 180 in an instant and was gone.


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Aug 31, 2015 05:12 as a reply to  @ MedicineMan4040's post |  #297

I have to be careful in my own yard, I've had them there in the middle of the day. 2 tried to make a den in my brush pile one winter, and I've never had one run from me. I can't recall ever seeing one while hiking on the AT, but many encounters were just off the AT in the northwest corner of NJ. The Wallkill wildlife refuge is loaded, but there are very few walking trails through it. If you have a canoe/kayak, the wallkill river that runs through it would be a better option to see them. There are many dens under the rootballs of blowdowns along the river. Pumphouse trail in Wawayanda is another good place to go look. There is an old waterpipe that comes out of the lake that you will see off to the right of the trail. Bear like to walk on the pipe. One of these days I'm going to try to get a pick of them doing it.




  
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Sep 01, 2015 15:13 as a reply to  @ MedicineMan4040's post |  #298

:-) Just kidding of course


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Sep 02, 2015 14:49 |  #299

You know these guys probably kill as many people as bears (or is that honey bees?); anyway probably the most dangerous animal in my backyard:

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Sep 02, 2015 14:51 |  #300

OH, and these guys could kill you, they just don't know it :)

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