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Seize Every Moment, Every Day featuring Lee Hoy

By December 9, 2021No Comments

The Nature Photographer episode #21 on Wild & Exposed podcast

Sun Rays, Clouds and Storms, Study Butte and Terlingua, Big Bend National Park © Lee Hoy

At the age of 48, Lee Hoy asked, “How old do you have to be before you finally say, ‘I’m ready to be what I wanted to be when I was growing up’?” Life had already taught him once that he was capable of starting all over again if he lost everything, so he moved to the Davis Mountains of north Texas, just outside of Big Bend National Park, and built a new career on decades of photographing and birdwatching. In this episode Lee tells Dawn Wilson, Ron Hayes, and Mark Raycroft about his adventures traveling 61 of the last 67 days, how to use Olympus’ live composite mode to photograph lightning, and why playing with your gear in your backyard or local park is the best way to prepare for a trip.

I like to fall into bed at night knowing that I don’t have an extra ounce of energy to pour into that day and that I made the most of what was put in front of me because I don’t know what day is my last.

Lee Hoy

Lee is an official Olympus educator, owner of Big Bend Birding & Photo Tours, and workshop instructor for Wildside Nature Tours and Precision Camera & Video. Some of his favorite destinations—and topics of conversation—include Big Bend National Park, Yellowstone in winter, the Peruvian Amazon, Galapagos Islands, Panama and Ecuador.


The Nature Photographer is your source for behind-the-scenes secrets of today’s top nature photographers working in wildlife, conservation, and fine arts, produced in collaboration with Wild & Exposed. See the list of episodes >