Hey -- at least I don't have to hide behind a hat, glasses and beard just to protect the camera lens!
I had a beard for many years, but it got to be more trouble than it was worth to keep it trimmed and such.
Sad to say, though, if I grew a beard these days it'd probably be as gray as yours.
"Men travel faster now, but I do not know if they go to better things."
-- Willa Cather