Friday, September 15, 2017

Lake house lake maps

A beautiful decor map of your favorite lake, such as Great Sacandaga Lake, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Winnipesaukee, Table Rock Lake, or Pickwick Lake, will look great hanging in your home, lake house or office. Makes the best Gift!
Unlike most maps, There’s a tiny mermaid hidden in the waters which folks love to search for and some say she moves around! You'll love the waterfowl which are hand painted (touched up) on the canvas prints to give that original look and each map is hand signed by Leo. For a personal touch, you can even add a small star to the location of your lake house or special place and add a few words such as "Evan's Lake House, Est. 2014" or be creative. The signatured Ruby Meridian, waterfowl and vintage plane have a story that’s included in the signed Certificate of Authenticity.  Leo Lakes treasured maps will make a cherished gift for that special someone. 


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

"As I look over this lake, The most amazing scenes appears in it wake,
The sun arises just above the shore, Giving grace and beauty to this place that I adore." LKO

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Red Wiggler, Bobber Announcement, Bobber Gothic

Wow, I'm still putting way too much work into "Bobber Cartoons", but it does allow me to blow-off some built-up creativity. But really, I have to do did or I go crazzzzzzzzy! Hopefully you will understand the Gothic Bobber Cartoon!  Enjoy!




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. 

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 makes the best 2017 Christmas gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 


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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Creating a Family Lake House Map

Creating a Family Lake House Map! I just completed this custom map of a lake in North Carolina. The customer wanted to include family pictures and a star to locate their lake house. Oh yeah, I hide a tiny mermaid in the waters of the lake.

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. 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 gift for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 


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.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More Fishing Bobber Humor

Yes, I am still "Making Bobbers Fun!" But, I think that I'm finally at the bottom of the bobber barrel and need to search for a new fishing subject.....Enjoy!   
I knew that you would follow the fishing line down here......keep scrolling.........






Paddle over to my website and take a look at my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of decor 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 Fish Camp, Lake House or Cabin. The Best lake lover gift of the year.  Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com


Monday, July 24, 2017

A White Deer While Kayak Fishing.......

A few weeks ago, while kayaking on Marrowbone Lake near our home with my daughter, we saw an unusual sight. Sarah saw a flash of white in the woods just above the lake. It was a rare white deer. There's only 1 in 20,000......kind of cool. Here's a few photos. 

We were in our kayaks about 50 yards away. The deer wasn't bothered by us and was grazing in the woods.  

Amazingly, you can see how the white deer sticks out in the middle of the green foliage. I'm sure that they have a much shorter life span. 

Some white deer still have a small amount of brown, but a few are completely white. This deer appears to be a completely white deer. 

This is the first time that I have seen a white deer. I felt lucky that I had my camera and was able to capture a few photos.

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. 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. 

Just remember: "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream".

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kentucky Lake Pelicans?

PELICANS IN KENTUCKY?  A customer sent me a photo of White Pelicans on Kentucky Lake. I was surprised to find that they have been wintering on the lake for the last 10-12 years. LeoLakes.com


This winter, I may make a trip to Kentucky Lake and take a few photos of the pelicans. Oh yeah, check-out my website LeoLakes.com for beautiful Lake, River and Bay maps.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Heron eating raccoon......

Check-out my photo of this Great Blue Heron. At first, I thought that the heron was eating a baby raccoon. If you look closely, it surely does, but it's actually brim. 


I took this photo from my kayak while fishing on a lake near my home. The heron was having trouble eating the fish and kept dipping it in water and then trying to swallow it. Time after time he attempted to swallow the fish, but it was just too big. After flinging, flopping, and pounding it on the ground he finally got it small enough. It was fun to watch.....eating fish is hard.

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. 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. Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.





Just remember: "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream".

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bobber Emotions,Bobber Nursery, Alpha Bobber, and Wardrobe Malfunction

Yes, I am still "Making Bobbers Fun!" I thought that this would be a good time for a few fresh toons. I just did an inventory of all the fishing cartoons that I have completed over the last few years and came up with 119. That's a lot of cartoons. I have noticed that I have moved from bait humor to bobber humor. I wonder what's next, split shot humor?  Here's a few more toons
.....Enjoy!   




Paddle over to my website and take a look at my Lake, River, and Bay Maps. I have hundreds of decor 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 Fish Camp, Lake House or Cabin. The Best lake lover gift of the year.  Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoLakes.com




Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Beautiful Lake.

When I was 11 or 12 years old, back in the early 70s, my family camped at a new lake in Tennessee, That lake was Tims Ford Lake which is located near Winchester TN. At that time, the lake was only a few years old and there wasn't much development around the lake. It almost seemed a little desolate. A few years ago, I painted this vintage style map of Tims Ford Lake. In fact, that's what I do, I paint lake, river, and bay maps, but more about that later.

Last week, my wife and I went on a road trip to Tims Ford Lake. I wanted to learn a little more about the lake, see how it has changed and take some photos.
There are are two large marinas on the the lake. We visited both of the marinas, Holiday Landing Marina and Tims Ford Marina. I don't remember these marinas when I was a kid, but I do remember a campground that we camped when I was a child. I couldn't find that campground and am not sure if it remains in business. The lake is beautiful and mostly treelined. I don't think that you can own property right up to the shore and that explains the feeling of remoteness.   
 
Our first stop was Holiday Landing Marina located on Fall Lick Creek. As you can see, the marina is snuggled right in the middle of Fall Lick Creek making for a beautiful setting. I have noticed that marinas are becoming more and more crowded during the spring and summer. I think that families are looking for a mini vacation and marinas fit that bill. 

There's a great grill at the marina appropriately named the Bluegill Grill. I heard that during the summer they have a fantastic band that plays on the weekends. I bet this place is lively on a summer Saturday Night. 

The next marina visited was Tims Ford Marina located on a small cove that branches off Anderson Branch Cove. TFM is a large marina with many amenities such as cabins, RV spaces, and boat rental. 


We stopped by the Hard Dock Cafe at Tims Ford Marina to see what's new. Even though it was early spring, many folks were at the cafe. While munching down on some great food, you can enjoy the wonderful view overlooking the marina.

Tims Ford is a beautiful clean lake and yes, you can even catch a trout! I haven't spoke much about fishing but, the tail waters of Tim Ford Lake, the Elk River, supports trout year round. Interestingly, the lake has kept it's feeling of remoteness while adding great amenities and attractions. Remember, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!    

A bit about myself. About seven years ago, I began to paint lakes, rivers and bays maps in order to bring back those golden lake memories like the one above.

I call them "Leo Lakes Treasured Maps" and have painted over 200 from 36 states using USGS maps as guides. I feel like FORREST GUMP who started to run and run and run. I paint, and paint and paint rivers, lakes and bays. I have a goal to paint 1001. LeoLakes.com

They make a truly unique and special gift for the lake house owner, lake lover and fisherman. 
Here's what makes them so Special!

I hide a few fish and even a tiny mermaid in the waters of my lakes. Yep, but they're very shy and don't want to be found.Folks just love'm especially the kids. You might even think they move around overtime.

You will find no road names, county, or state lines on my maps. I have found that folks enjoy traveling the roads with their eyes, while trying to get their bearing. I call this the "Leo Lakes gaze."

I call my maps Treasured Maps because every treasure has a Ruby and so do my maps, each have a Red Ruby Meridian.

I add a vintage plane flying over my maps to signify an adventure to your treasured lake, river, or bay.

You will find wildlife in all my maps. These signify the natural beauty of your treasured lake, river or bay. I use wildlife that is common to the subject lake, such as Canadian Geese, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles and others.

You can add a star or symbol with a few words to mark that special place, it may be the location of the lake house, the spot where you caught that trophy fish or some grand view. This will make a very special gift for the lake lover. 

Did you know that you can always tell if its morning or evening on a Leo Lakes map? Just look at the shadows cast by the wildlife, is the shadow on the east or west? If it's on the west, then it’s morning time. Oh yeah, I have had folks tell me that they change through the day, but don't believe them.
My WEBSITE: LeoLakes.com















Friday, April 14, 2017

Bobber Logic


BaitRageous, trying to make bobbers fun, again! Wow, spring is here and I need to get my fishing licenses. I've just added a few more cartoons for your enjoyment. I named them "Get Comfortable", "Bobber Logic", and "Suspect", and an added bonus.





Leo Lakes Studio 
Check-out my maps, they make the best fishermen's gift! 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 fish 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


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Happy Fly Fisherman

I've been in Florida for the last week. While there, I took a great photo of this happy fly fisherman with his catch. Well, that's not really correct, it's actually an osprey. They do fly and catch fish, so fly fisherman is not too far off. 
I spotted this osprey near where we were staying and used my 300mm lens to get a good photo. As you can see, the osprey has caught something and is having lunch.
Looks like he/she has caught a sheepshead fish. Interestingly the sheepshead is often called the convict fish because of the black and white strips on its sides. This convict didn't escape the sharp talons of this osprey. Everyday this bird would catch a fish and have lunch on the same tree. It was always a sheepshead, I wondered why? Did this bird prefer sheepshead or was it because they are easy to catch. I don't know, but they are good tasting fish.
Check out these talons. They look just like hooks and there's four on each leg. These are better than a Alabama fishing rig.
What does this osprey do at night? It roosts in the same tree that it has lunch in. Well, this one did anyway. I hope you have enjoyed these beautiful birds.

Check-out my maps. My maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. 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 Champlain, Lewis Smith Lake, Lake Tahoe, Lake Sinclair, Norfork Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Conroe, Lake Winnebago 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 LeoMaps.com

Oh yeah, this is part of my studio, "here a map, there a map, everywhere a map, map!"