Friday, May 30, 2014

Man cave, house boat, chain gang, sort of !

Here's my latest cartoons and they're kind of random. I hope you enjoy!




I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These 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. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com

Monday, May 26, 2014

The negative side of fishing!!!!

Hide the children, this is ugly. One of my fishing buddy's, Buttermilk was fishing on the Duck River this weekend when he sent me a picture that reminded me of one of my cartoons. I wasn't able to go on this trip because of my daughter's high school graduation, but it looks like it was somewhat eventful.  
OUCH! Is the best word to describe this situation. It appears that Buttermilk cast his lure up in a tree. While yanking the the lure to retrieve it, the lure came zooming down and tail hooked his cranium like a F-16 landing on an aircraft carrier. Oh yeah, Buttermilk did serve in the navy. Anyway, that's going to leave a mark.  
Looks like Buttermilk is going to get a tetanus shot. I never have gotten a head shot from a lure, but I must admit that I have had one hooked in my hand. You know, you get a weird feeling when you realize that you have something attached to you that doesn't belong. In the photographic world this photo would be called the head shot or money shot, but I call it the "The negative side of fishing." OUCH!!!! 
I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These 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. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com
 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Outrageous Turtle

Wow, this Oklahoma angler got a huge surprise while fishing for catfish on Eufaula Lake. After a struggle, he and a friend pulled in this massive alligator snapping turtle weighting in over 100 lbs. Believe it or not, he caught this large turtle on a rod and reel. Amazingly, the largest alligator turtle ever caught weighted over 200 lbs, now that's a outrageous Turtle. After the photo op, the turtle was released unharmed.
How old do you think this turtle is? Well, they say that there's no reliable way to determine the age of turtles, but I bet that this is a fairly old turtle. I did a little research and found that male snapping turtles live up to 45 years and females up to 37 years in the wild. They have been known to live up to 70 years in captivity.  It is fascinating what one might catch while fishing. When I was a child, we caught an alligator snapping turtle on the Duck River in Tennessee. It was a 50-70 pound turtle and had moss covering some of its shell. I was amazed. It was like seeing an alien creature and I was very curious. After we checked the turtle out we released it back into the waters of the Duck.

Interesting, here's a decor map of Eufaula Lake that I painted.
I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These 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. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Fish pee, ambidextrous catching, zen fishing

I don't only paint maps, sometimes I draw cartoons. Here's my latest cartoons and they are kind of a hodge-podge. I hope you enjoy!



Ever wish you had a beautiful decor map of your favorite river, lake and bay maps? Now you can. Check-out my vintage maps at LeoLakes.com. We have over 200 ready to purchase, or we do custom and personalized maps, too. Every map has a tiny mermaid hidden in the waters, which makes a great conversational piece. They make a unique gift for the lake lover, lake house owner, or fisherman and fathers day is coming soon. 


   

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Deep Creek Custom Lake Map

A beautiful Little Lake! I Just finished this custom vintage style map of Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. Deep Creek Lake is the largest lake in Maryland at approximately 3,900 acres. The lake is named after the creek that feeds into it and the maximum depth is about 75 feet.  This lake has an abundance of wildlife, fish and birds and is a great lake for fishing, swimming, tubing, and canoeing.
Interesting, I always hide a tiny mermaid to the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I have been painting river, lake, and bay maps for the last five years. I call them treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. 

Here's the actual customer's comment: 

"Good Morning Larry, Please know that we received our new Map yesterday and love everything about it!!  Thank you so very much as this will be an amazing addition to our home.  Many blessing to you

These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that be purchased from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoLakes.com. Makes a great gift!


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




Saturday, May 10, 2014

The last fishing trip!

A friend of mind sent me this picture with the story behind it. This man loved the outdoors so much, his family decided to pay respect for his love by loading his casket into a small motor boat and trailer, and pulling it to the cemetery by a pickup.


The family indicated that he spent so much time on the water in his many boats, that they came up with this idea of using one for his final journey. I guess you could say that this man was truly an outdoors man. 

Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream! 

Ever wish you had a beautiful decor map of your favorite river, lake and bay maps? Now you can. Check-out my vintage maps at LeoLakes.com. We have over 200 ready to purchase, or we do custom and personalized maps, too. They make a unique gift for the lake lover, lake house owner, or fisherman and fathers day is coming soon.    

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Rituals of fishing....

Fishermen can be some funny folks. In order to have the God's smile on them while fishing, they can have certain rituals that they preform before, during and after the fishing trip to bring them good luck. However, some fishermen folks can become obsessed with the rituals of fishing and carry them way too far. Here's when you should know it's time to give up fishing and get professional help. If you know a fisherman, then you may want to show him or her these cartoons and ask a few questions to ensure that they haven't become obsessed.  

Bob looks a little devilish with those fish hook eyebrows. No doubt, if you have fish hook eyebrows, then it's time to give up fishing.
  
This is not a mustache, it's a fish tail and it's time to see a doctor! 

I think "going way too far" is an understatement.

If you need a unique gift for the lake lover, lake house owner, or fisherman, then checkout my lakes, river and bay decor maps. They come in many sizes and can be customized. I hope you enjoyed the cartoons and remember: Life is short, Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Walleye Capital?

Do you know what lake is the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin? That lake would be Long Lake. Long Lake is located in Washburn County and is 3,300 acres in size. It's name is true to its length, being 19 miles long. The lake was carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. It's a beautiful clear lake with miles of undeveloped shoreline, pristine bays and nice gravel beaches. 
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Not only are walleyes common, but large and small mouth bass, crappie, blue gill, and northern pike are too. You will find much wildlife/waterfowl around the lake such as eagles, osprey, cranes, otter, beaver and my favorite, loons. In fact, I added a couple of loons on the map along with fish, canadian Geese, and an osprey. Interesting, I always hide a tiny mermaid to the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. 

I have been painting river, lake, and bay maps for the last five years. I call them treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These 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 maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoLakes.com

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