Thanks for the kind replies ..... I realize that I am fortunate to live so close to such a great source of wonderful wildlife (and landscape)
opportunities as those found in the GSMNP and east Tennessee.
Cute shot (I usually hate cute, but in this case, I'll make an exception)
FPP - I agree, but sometimes you just "have to"
I never get to see bears here, only hairy tourists!
ajosteve - That is somehow very disturbing.
advaitin - Funny story
I have been extremely close to a bear a couple of times, and on each occasion I ended up angry with myself for letting it happen.
I watch a bear and try and make sure that I do not cut off their path, either to cross a road or trail, or to leave a tree and head
down a field.
What has happened in the past is that a previous winner of the "Darwin Award" cuts the bear off trying to get a picture of it with
their cell phone camera! And then I end up in the bear's new path.
This gal ended up about 50 feet away, as you can tell she was not paying any attention to me ..... thankfully.
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