This image is the second of what I hope will become a new series of one-on-one encounters between subject and animal, using "Gift" as a springboard.

As some of you know, we live among black bear in our area. Our yard is a regular route from one water source to another, with the occasional stop at our pear tree in late Summer. This image is called "Truce" for a couple of reasons: 1. bears can be a heated topic of local debate (some support education and legislation as a means of peaceful coexistence; others move to extend the hunting season); and 2. if coexistence is to ultimately prevail, there must be a mutual respect and understanding between human and bear. For example ~ never, ever feed them.