Field Trips

Field trips are a great way for SANP members to share their photographic knowledge with others. If you have a location in mind and wish to share it with others as a group or would like to share your photographic secrets with with a workshop contact Kris Light or Bob Turney. Anyone can suggest or lead a workshop or field trip.


Workshops are a great opportunity for SANP members to learn from experts in our region. If you would like to share your photographic secrets with club members in a workshop setting, contact Brad Cottrell. Anyone can suggest or lead a workshop.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017, 6:30
Time: Social time 6:30pm/Meeting 7:00pm
Location: Goins Auditorium, Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Bill Lea returns to present May’s program, which he has titled, “My Approach to Nature Photography, 2016-2017.” For each of the 154 days he photographed during the last year, Bill chose his favorite photo. Join us on May 30 for a glimpse into Bill’s thought process as he chose his best photo of each day. Bill says that sometimes a great photo is just pure luck, but most of the time he is at a particular location ready to click the shutter at a specific time for a well-thought-out reason. He will share his approach with us, hoping it may provide some ideas we might want to consider as well.

Bill describes the bear photo on the right:

Bill Lea’s favorite image from Aug. 17, 2016. Copyright Bill Lea.
Bill Lea’s favorite image from Aug. 17, 2016. Copyright Bill Lea.

This was my favorite photograph that I took on August 17, 2016. It was an overcast day, so it was perfect for photographing in a forest setting. I took 290 photographs this particular day, but this was my favorite. Bears are so misunderstood and are often thought of as an aggressive animal, but they are not. They are shy and reclusive animals simply seeking peace within their own world. I loved the relaxed moment this large male bear was sharing with me, but when he gave this particular look, I thought it conveyed his unique personality and most of all, the story I wanted others to see -- the softness of an everyday moment in a black bear’s life.


Photographing the wonder of wildlife, wildflowers, landscapes, and a variety of other natural subjects from the Canadian Rockies to South Florida has long been a passion for Bill Lea. Capturing intimate images of wildlife and landscapes in “just the right light” has long been the trademark of Bill’s photography. However, he may be best known for his portrayal of black bears, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Florida Everglades.

Photographing black bears for more than two decades has provided Bill with extraordinary opportunities to learn about bears. For nearly 20 years, Bill has been presenting education-al programs throughout western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee in an effort to dispel the many myths and untruths about bears. He has appeared on Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, Midwest Outdoors, Animal Planet, local radio stations, news stations, and a variety of other programs. Bill lived among bears for two to three months per year for nearly a decade. He currently posts a bear photo and educational message nearly every day on his Facebook page: (

The enjoyment of sharing the wonder of black bears and nature with others is second only to Bill’s desire for promoting a respect for all wildlife and the natural world. If you would like to see more of Bill’s photos, please visit his website,