Archive for February 5th, 2009

Lee’s Life Lessons from Nature

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife TV producer Lee Smith says he learned an important lesson from nature when shooting the documentary Texas–The State of Flowing Water.

It has given me a new sense of patience. I went down to the bay—it was basically a travel day the real shoot was the next day—so I was going around getting shots on this back bay of a sunset. And it was a horrible day; it was overcast; no birds were down yet, so there was nothing like that I could shoot. And the sun was going down, and I wanted to eat…and so I blew it off.

And I was driving up to the restaurant and as I was getting out of the car, the sun popped in my eye. And I looked over and the sun had come out of the clouds for just about five minutes. And if I would have stayed there, and been patient, and waited for the day to unfold, I would have gotten probably the title shot of the show. But I didn’t. So, now whenever I’m out there and things aren’t looking great, I say, you’ve got to wait it out. You’ve got to wait for nature to reveal herself.

Catch the documentary Texas the State of Flowing Water Thursday, February 12 at 8 pm on PBS stations. Visit for complete listings.

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.