Bill Lea, nationally known nature photographer, has lived rather quietly in Macon County since 1987. Lea has spent the bulk of his photography career in the Great Smoky Mountains, concentrating on the wildlife and landscapes of Cades Cove located near Townsend, Tenn. He has also spent six years (off and on) photographing the Florida Everglades and published a book about the Everglades in November 2013.
People in Western North Carolina who know Lea’s work immediately associate him with his photography of black bears. Even though his passion is to study and photograph black bears and to inform the general public about their nature and habits, he has a large portfolio of pictures featuring white-tail deer, numerous other wildlife creatures and mountain landscapes of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.