Monday, February 18, 2019

Beautiful Framed Decor map of Gulf Shores

Need something warm? Here's a beautifully framed map of Gulf Shores in Barnwood. This will warm up the wall in the winter and bring back those warm summer memories at the beach...... 

And there's more....... I often get comments about the tiny mermaid hidden in the waters of all my maps. Folks love to tell me about the search for the mermaid. They say the children really enjoy hunting for her and are thrilled when they spot her in the waters. Oh yeah, some folks tell me that she moves, but I'm not sure that I believe that. LeoLakes.com
Most folks add a star to a special place such as a lake house, river  house or where they caught that big fish. I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for approximately seven years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps. LeoLakes.com
Also, each framed map or map over 16x32, comes with a certificate of authenticity, lake poem, and interesting facts abut the map. 



I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com

Run, Run, Run

In January, I ran the Disney Half Marathon with my daughter. You won't believe it, but she talked me into dressing up as a character. I dressed up in green with a green hat and red feather, Peter Pan. Yes, Peter Pan, and I did it for 13.1 miles. I know what you are thinking, what an idiot. Why would a grown man do that? Well, I did it for my daughter and we made some fond memories.   









We stayed at the Hilton and had to get up at 2:00 am in the morning to board a bus to Disney. Unfortunately, after arriving at Disney, we had to walk about 2 miles to the starting line.  Amazingly, I finished the race right at 3 hours. I guess that's not too bad for a 60 year old. After we made it back to the hotel, I looked at my watch to see how much that I traveled, after all of the walking and the run, my watch indicated 18 miles. Ouch, my feet really hurt, but I wouldn't have  changed a thing.

Paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com. I paint beautiful lake, river and bay decor maps. Ain't she pretty! She's all dressed up in a beautiful frame and ready to go to that "lake house warming party". you will be so proud when you walk in with the prettiest gift at the party..........LeoLakes.com



Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. Also, you can personalize your lake map with a star where your lake house is located.  I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. Order soon to avoid the rush!
As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.



"Hanging a Leo Lakes Treasured Map in a lake house, is like christening a boat with a bottle of champagne!" 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Lucky Osprey

Three months ago, I vacationed on Manasota Key in Florida. My in-laws have a small winter place overlooking Lemon Bay. Back then, I took a few photos of an Osprey that caught fish from the bay and would eat them in a tree or on top of a pole near where we stayed. 



When I closely looked at the photos on my computer, I noticed a fishing line dangling from the Osprey's left wing. The next few days I watched the Osprey and the line was still present. It was likely that a hook was hung somewhere under the osprey's wing. I wondered if this Osprey would die from infection. If you look closely below, you can see it.   

Four months later in January, I went to Lemon Bay for a few days and noticed an Osprey hanging around like the one in October. I wondered if it was the same Osprey that I photographed with the line dangling from it's wing. To determine if it was the same Osprey, I looked at the feather pattern on the birds chest to compared. If you look at the area that I circled above, you see a distinguishing feather.   


This January Osprey didn't have the fishing line hanging down and he would catch fish and eat them on the same tree and pole. If you look below, you will see the same distinguished feather.


I'm pretty sure these two photos are of the same Osprey, which means he must have removed the fish hook. I guess you would say that this is one tough old bird..... In fact, I placed an Osprey on my Manasota Key map, so this map Osprey has a story called "Lucky Osprey". Float over to my website, LeoLakes.com to see more of my maps. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms.

Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. Also, you can personalize your lake map with a star where your lake house is located.  I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. Order soon to avoid the rush!

All maps, 16x32 size and above, come with a Certificate of Authenticity, a poem, and a sheet covering interesting facts about your LeoLakes Decor Map. Here's the wonderful lake poem that my wife wrote about lakes, rivers, and bays.

"As I look over this beloved waterscape, The most amazing scenes appear in its wake, The sun arises above the shore, Giving grace and beauty to this place that I adore."  












Thursday, January 31, 2019

Planning for my Alaska trip......

In a few months, I'm going to Alaska. I know there will be plenty of beautiful landscape, waterscape and animal photo opportunities and I plan on doing some fishing. So, I'm doing a little planning on what to take and on top of the list is my Canon 810 camera. I've been thinking that a Gopro camera would be a nice addition, but I'm not wanting to spend $300-$400. The next best option is a knock-off brand, such as an Akaso action camera EK700, which is waterproof. A friend of mine has one and recommended it to me.  
I just purchased the camera. The best thing, it was for less than $100. I also purchase a kit that included all kinds of accessories. 

 
Boy, is it small, but it feels like it's fairly good quality. I hope to do some fishing in Alaska and this camera will work well. Just think, being able to reel in a salmon while filming the action, can't wait. In a few weeks,  I may test this camera on my kayak. I will let you know how it goes. It may become my fishing camera!

Also, check-out all of the accessories. I believe that I could easily mount this camera to the cat and he would never know it.  

Hey, paddle over to my website, LEOLAKES.com. I paint beautiful lake, river and bay decor maps. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique lake house maps, that become family heirlooms. Oh yeah, I hide things in the lake waters, such as a tiny mermaid/fish. Folks love to search for them. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 
As you can see, my maps make a great gift.  Orders are picking up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.

Monday, January 28, 2019

The Ocoee River.

Just finished this canvas map of the Ocoee River! I've actually rafted the Ocoee many years ago, it was too much fun. This river was used as the white water river in 1996 Olympics.

This map is framed in Barnwood. Oops, a couple of geese have flown off the map, that can happen with a Leo Lakes Treasured Map.

Interestingly, I often get comments about the tiny mermaid hidden in the waters of all my maps. Folks love to tell me about the search for the mermaid. They say the children really enjoy hunting for her and are thrilled when they spot her in the waters. Oh yeah, some folks tell me that she moves, but I'm not sure that I believe that. LeoLakes.com
Most folks add a star to a special place such as a lake house, river  house or where they caught that big fish. I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for approximately seven years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps. LeoLakes.com
Also, each framed map or map over 16x32, comes with a certificate of authenticity, lake poem, and interesting facts abut the map. 



I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com

Monday, January 21, 2019

Bait Date.......

I've taken a few days off after the holiday rush, but now I'm back.. To start the year off on the right bait, I added a few cartoons, some are new and some that I have used before. I must admit, I love bobbers and I cannot deny. Anyway, enjoy....








Check-out my vintage style lake maps. Best gift for the fishermen. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. I have maps of Lake Winnipesaukee, Table Rock Lake, Greers Ferry, Lake Lanier, Gaston Lake, Choctawhatchee Bay, Toledo Bend, Raystown, and many others. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny mermaid in the waters of all my maps that folks love to search for. Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com

Oh yeah, this is part of my studio!



Monday, December 24, 2018

Fresh Fishing Flies.....

Today, I looked back six years ago to see what I was posting. It's kind of interesting to look back a see how my posts have grown or digressed. I found this post that's about the "Great Blue Heron Fly Company". A fictitious, but  humorous company. 

Date:1/15/2012

What is the best fly to fish with? This question has been asked by every fly fisherman since the first fly was wet by water. Well, the answer is the freshest fly of course. The Great Blue Heron Fly Company definitely have the freshest flies. You just don't get any fresher. Check it out. 

Great Blue Heron Fly Company...The freshest flies, plucked today, flies tomorrow...
We grow our own feathers and pluck them too, OUCH. We tie our own flies, so you don't have to. Better feathers, better Flies! It's not about the tie, it's about the fly! Plucked today, flies tomorrow. A superlative Fly. Buy one, get one for the same price. Here's our advertisement.



Since fishing is a little slower in the winter time a little bait humor goes a long way. Hope you enjoyed and remember, Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream. Adventure Outdoors!

Well, that's pretty much what I was posting six years ago. I don't put nearly as much work in my post now, but I am going through a bobber stage. That is, if you have been reading my posts, you will understand. 

Paddle over to my website for some interesting stuff...…...



I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to Leolakes.com
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Not a fish was stirring, not even a carp.

It's time for my annual Christmas fishing Poem. A few years ago near Christmas time, I went to one of my favorite lakes to fish and kayak. This particular lake was stocked with "Rainbow Trout" the day before. My goal was to catch a few. Here's a poem that lets you know, just how well the fishing trip went.

Not a fish was stirring not even a carp!


T’was the night after the "rainbows" had been stocked in the lake, I went fishing to see what I might take,

The flys were hung in the tackle box with care, in hopes that a big rainbow would soon be near.

As I paddled out on the lake, there arose such a clatter, I sprang up in my kayak to see what was the matter.

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, a just fallen tree near a old whitetail deer.

I found not a fish was stirring, not even a carp, so I paddled my Kayak back to the park.

When I arrived home, fun was had by all, as my wife had just arrived from the mall.
That pretty much sums up my fishing trip. Apparently the trout, being new to the lake, had pissed off everyone and nothing was biting.

Visit my website to see more. I have over two hundred lake, river and bay maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoLakes.com


As you can see, my maps make a great gift. To see more of my work, click here www.LeoLakes.com

Remember, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Can you see the Dragon? Lake Nacimiento Map

Can you see the dragon? I can! I did this custom map of Lake Nacimiento, also referred to as the Dragon Lake because it is shaped like a dragon. It's located in California near Paso Robies. Interestingly, Nacimiento means "beginning or source" in Spanish, which makes sense.  
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I painted this map for a very nice lady who has a cabin on the lake and plans on hanging the map over the fireplace. I received an email from her after the map was delivered and here is what she said. 

"Hi Larry,
We got the map and it is absolutely stunning. I can't wait to hang it over the fireplace!
Thanks again, we are so pleased. It's truly a work of art."

I think that's enough said, check- out my maps...LeoLakes.com



Thursday, December 6, 2018

Paddle over to my website for a unique gift for the lake house

Paddle over to my website for a unique gift for the lake house. Warm up the holidays with this vintage style map of the Florida Keys. The map is printed on canvas and the waterfowl are highlighted after printing. Each map is signed and numbered and if you look closely, you may find the tiny mermaid swimming in the waters. 
Each map comes with a certificate, poem, and map facts. These maps make a great Christmas gift for the water lover.

Paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com. I paint beautiful lake, river and bay decor maps. Folks are discovering that these decor maps are wonderfully unique gifts that become family heirlooms. I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 



Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Frame your Favorite Lake, River or Bay

Need a Christmas Gift idea for a "Lake Lover"? Why not a beautiful canvas decor map of the lake that they love!  They are sure to enjoy a nice map of the lake or river where they have a lake house, A star can even be added to show the location.  
My maps make great Christmas gifts and will bring back memories of those trips to that favorite lake. Don't forget to look for the hidden mermaid in the lake waters and other interesting things......


Check-out these other comments from our customers.

The map arrived right on time and it was a sensational hit.  Thanks so much, this was exactly what I was looking for and was even better than anticipated. Nate
I just received the map, it looks beautiful! Thank you for helping me put together such a spectacular gift and I will definitely keep you in mind for future gift ideas. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Arrived safe and sound this afternoon and looks great!  I can't wait to give it to my parents for xmas for their new lake house.  Thank you!

I must be doing something right! I'm finally getting my ten minutes of fame, sort of. Interestingly, I got a call from, now get this.......a major studio in California. They are filming a new tv series for mid-season. They want to use one of my big lake maps as a prop in the series. It won't come out for a few months, but I'm hoping that it will be prominently displayed in the series. I will have more news about this later...... 

Paddle over to website to see my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes vintage style lake maps, too. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com