Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Revoke your Fishermen's Card...

Baitrageous has done it again! Nowhere on the internet can a fisherman view "Bobber Porn", yes Bobber Porn. Check-out these beautiful, big, round, red & white bobbers. There's Miss April, May, and June ready for your fishing fantasy's. How would you like to be floatatious with these babes!  If this doesn't make you want to fish, then your fisherman's card should be revoked! Remember, fishing season slows during winter, so Baitrageous is the only place to get your fishing fix with Bobber Babes!    








P.S. Be careful viewing the bobber babes, they are addictive. Also, check-out my maps, they make the best fishermens gift! 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 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 LeoMaps.com


Thursday, September 15, 2016

For Fishermen eyes only, !!! CAUTION !!!

Caution: for fisherman's eyes only. I call it Bobber Babes, yes I said Bobber Babes! Here's a tantalizing preview. Now be cautious, don't look too long or you may fall-out with your eyes rolled back in your head while looking at these big, beautiful, red and white bobbers! That includes both male and female fishermen. Some may call it "Bobber Porn", but hopefully you will call it funny. Here goes....


January


February


March



Okay, I have nine more, soooo stay tuned! Oh yeah, take a look at my Lake, River and Bay Decor Maps at my website: LeoLakes.com 



Monday, September 5, 2016

Northwest Califorina Lake Map

Here's a 2ft x 4ft map of Northwest California that I did a few weeks ago for a nice lady. This is the third map that she has ordered from me. She wanted a map of an area that has lots of memories for her that included the lakes and towns around the vicinity. It was such a pleasure to create this heirloom. I think that this is the largest, in area that I have covered on a map. 

I believe that she indicated that her family own an olive farm and the map would be proudly hanging in the farmhouse. I have completed several of these custom maps, in fact I have added this one to my website. 

My maps make a great Christmas gift, check-out these comments from our customers. Oh yeah, don't forget to look for the hidden mermaid in the waters of your favorite waters!

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!

Go to www.Leolakes.com to see if we have your map. We have many popular lake maps such as the Lake Winnipesaukee map, Great Sacandaga Lake map, Lewis Smith Lake map, Pickwick Lake map, Greer's Ferry Lake map, Lake Sidney Lanier map, Lake Sinclair map, Table Rock Lake map, and Lake Wallenpaupack map. Also, we paint custom maps and have personalized maps for that special someone. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Make Bobbers Fun, Again!

I haven't posted many fishing cartoons lately, so I thought that this was a good time for a few fresh toons. I've used the "Marge Notes" before and I think that they're funny. That old Marge is really a knit wit! Also, I'm still on the bobber cartoon kick because I'm trying to "Make Bobbers Fun, Again". I think that's a phrase that is being used by a presidential politician, am I right?. I will say, I'm having trouble coming up with new bobber cartoons, but I still have a few. Anyway, enjoy!!!  

This is a note that no fisherman likes to get!





Oh yeah, here's a look at my view right now. It's kind of messy, but that's how I row. This is where I do a lot of my work, maps, cartoons, paperwork, & day dream. Check-out the bobber in the middle of the desk!

Take a look at my Lake, River and Bay Decor Maps!







Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The neighbors came over for some salt, again....

It's great to have neighbors like these! I've been watching the salt block lately to see who comes to visit since my last deer photo shoot. Check out this eight point buck with the wide rack. The weather this summer in Tennessee has been rain about every three to four days. The foliage has remained lush and green. I think that this has created the perfect conditions for deer. This year is a trophy year for deer around here, I have never seen so many large rack deer!



He was traveling with this beautiful ten point buck. If you look closely, you can see that the fur fuzz still on his rack. I'm not sure how much more his rack will grow, but it's already a fine example. 

Here's a photo of both bucks looking at me. Lucky for me, they are not too skittish at this time of year. These two allowed me to snap picture after picture. I would say that in a few weeks, I won't be able to get within a 100 yards of them. 

Notice that this ten point buck is sticking out his tongue. I'm sure he's thinking "boy this salt makes me thirsty. I bet that they head down to the Sycamore Creek after getting their fill of salt.

This deer looks pretty ruff, see his back with the marks. Well, he is losing his summer coat, which will change to a darker, thicker winter coat. Molting usually starts at the end of summer and is fairly rapid.  

I grew tired of taking pictures and decided to move as close to the deer as possible. It wasn't long and the deer decided that I was too near and decided to bolt.
I hope these "big boys" come back to the salt block so that I can document the growth of their rack. While I'm not photographing deer in my ten acre woods, I'm in my studio painting lake, river and bay maps.  As you can see, 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 decor maps of Old Hickory, Table Rock Lake, Lake Wallenpaupack, Lake Lanier, Toledo Bend, Kentucky Lake, 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! I think I have become a map elf!







Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Oh Deer....

Two days ago, I looked out of the window and this ten point buck was standing on the edge of our woods. I quickly took out my cell phone and clicked a photo. The photo is not very good because I was shooting through the window, but you can still see his large rack, which has that velvet cover, indicating that it's not completely matured yet. I ran to get my good camera, but found that it was missing the SD card. Unfortunately, I had to search for a SD card and I finally found one a few minutes later. It wasn't surprising, but when I was back with my 810 Nikon camera, the deer had moved on, but in the edge of the woods, I could see something moving....




With my better camera, I carefully left the house, down a path and behind a tree without being noticed. 


Peeping through the foliage, I could see another deer. After a few minutes, this deer stepped out into the open. It was a slightly smaller deer with a smaller seven point rack, not nearly as impressive as the last buck, but good for a photo shoot.

He looked directly at me, however I have learned that if you don't move a muscle, they can't see you. 

This buck must have thought that he was the object of a photo shoot for GQ Magazine because he gave me some great poses.

You may ask, why are deer coming to this spot in the woods? Actually, I have a salt block that's just below the foliage. You can't see in the photos. The salt draws the deer in like flies to honey. I use it to bring the deer in so I can take a few photos. Interesting, I have found that small creatures like the salt, too. When inspecting the block, I have noticed tiny scratches on the sides which appeared to come from mice.

Here's the last photo, however while writing this blog article, I looked back out the window and another buck was standing near the salt box. This new buck is the largest that I have seen near the salt block. I named him Mr. Buck and can't wait to put his photo in a future blog. Stay tuned.....

Leo Lakes Treasured Maps - 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. 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






Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Safari Trip, sort of....

I went on a safari! Well, probably not a safari that you are thinking about with elephants and tigers. I went on a low country "photo safari" in South Carolina, near Hilton Head. It's where a Professional Wildlife Photographer is the guide and tours you around a waterfowl rich area in a boat. I've never done this before, but found it well worth the cost. Not only do you see and take photos of some great wildlife, the guide talks about the waterfowl and assists you with your camera setup to help take the best photos. I added these photos to give you an idea and of course, I had to add a little creativity with the pelican print!   











I hope you enjoyed. If anyone is near Hilton Head and is interested in a photo safari, the photographer I used was Eric Horan. I highly recommend a photo safari and Eric Horan!  Oh yeah, here is one of my vintage style maps of Hilton Head that I have on my website, LeoLakes.com, check it out.



Sunday, July 31, 2016

A lake shaped just like a dragon!

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


Friday, July 22, 2016

Steady, Jump, Flap, Soar

It's amazing of the beauty that you see near a big stream! I was on the water last weekend and was lucky to photograph a great blue heron. Check out this majestic bird relaxing on a branch over the water. He was obviously comfortable with folks coming near, however just a second later he decided to take flight and this is when I clicked four photos.



At home, using software, I trimmed the heron out of the background of each of the four photos. These photos kind of show how a 5 pound bird takes flight. The result of these photos is what I call, "Four steps to flight, steady, jump, flap, and soar." 
Four Steps To Flight

I think that it came out cool, so I decided to share the result. Remember, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!


Leo Lakes Treasured Maps - 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. 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


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

If you don't have this, then you're not a serious fisherman!

What’s this year’s hottest trend in fishing tackle, "The Tackle Trailer", yep the Tackle Trailer? Finally, you won’t need to make a decision on which fishing tackle to bring, bring it all.  Not only will you have all of your tackle in one spot, you can even pull it next to your favorite fishing spot. Just think of what your fishing buddy’s will think when you pull up with the Tackle Trailer!  

Don't buy "no wimpy little tackle box, but a real tackle box, "The Tackle Trailer". You'll only find the "Tackle Trailer" at serious fishing outfitters. 

Remember: "Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream with the Tackle Trailer".

Check-out 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. I have maps, such as Lake Bob Sandlin Vintage Style map, Lake Logan Martin Vintage Style Map, Center Hill Lake vintage style map, Lake Texoma vintage style map, Gaston Lake, Choctawhatchee Bay vintage style map, Toledo Bend Lake Vintage style map, Raystown Lake vintage style map. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to LeoMaps.com





Thursday, June 30, 2016

Camanche Lake

Just completed this map of Camanche Lake for a customer in California. This is a beautiful lake that is located in San Joaquin Valley. The lake is know for Bass and trout fishing. Interestingly, Camanche Lake is located in what is known as a Mediterranean Climate. The annual rain fall is relatively low, summers are relatively hot with low humidity and winters are mild.

Before I add waterfowl to the map, I research to determine what waterfowl lives on or near the lake. Camanche Lake has canadian geese, bald eagles, and great blue herons that frequent the area. The area has been in a drought, but water levels in the lake have been increasing during the 2015 and 2016 winter months. "Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, Camanche Lake"

Vintage Style Lake Maps: LeoLakes.com