Bill Lea - Nature Photographer

Capturing intimate images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in "just the right light" has long been the trademark of Bill's photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Florida Everglades and southern ecosystems.

Photographing in the Smokies since 1975 has afforded this photographer limitless opportunities to observe and record the flora, fauna, and scenery of the region. Bill's craft reflects his deep appreciation for nature and he communicates his enthusiasm and expertise as a natural history photographer and writer to others through his books, workshops, feature articles and civic presentations. He has been teaching photo workshops at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1992. More than 7,000 of Bill's photos have been published. His work has appeared in Audubon Calendars, BBC Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, numerous Great Smoky Mountains Association publications, National Geographic books, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, and many others. His three front covers in a row was a first in Field & Stream's more than 100-year history. Bill authored a coffee-table book titled Great Smoky Mountains Wildlife Portfolio and co-authored Great Smoky Mountains Wonder & Light and Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography. His most recent book, Cades Cove - Window to a Secret World is in its fourth printing. He is currently working on a book about the Florida Everglades. When asked what he would most like to achieve through his photography, Bill replies, "I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator."

And finally, Bill says he would be amiss if he failed to mention how truly blessed he is to have such a wonderful and supportive wife - Klari. Her patience and understanding always endures. He is forever grateful.