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Outdoors Nature photographer Lea at Village Nature Series

Bill Lea, well known wildlife photographer, recently spoke at the July 13th meeting of the Rotary Club of Franklin. Lea's presentation centered around the life of the black bear.On Tuesday, July 26, at 7 p.m. renowned nature photographer, Bill Lea, will present “Understanding the Black Bear,” a free lecture, as part of the Village Nature Series at the Village Commons in Village Green, Cashiers.

Capturing images of wildlife, scenery, wildflowers, and a variety of other natural subjects in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Lea’s photography. He may best be known for his artistic documentation of deer and bear behavior, the various moods of the Great Smoky Mountains, 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.

More than 6,000 of Lea’s photos have been presented in an array of books, calendars, magazines, advertisements and other publications including HCLT’s coffee table book “First Creation.” His work has appeared in Audubon calendars, Defenders of Wildlife, Exploring the Smokies, National Geographic books, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife and many others.

When asked what he would like most to achieve through his photography, Lea replies, “I hope my images will promote a better understanding and appreciation for wildlife, the natural world, and most of all, our Creator.”

Now in its fifth year, the Village Nature Series has been made possible by a partnership between the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Village Green.

The public is welcome to attend these free programs and no reservation is necessary. Next month’s program will be “Cherokee Trails” presented by Cultural Heritage Director of Wild South, Lamar Marshall.

For more information about this event or Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust call (828)526-1111 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about HCLT, visit www.hicashlt.org.


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