Thursday, February 26, 2015

Woody Woodpecker

I live in what we call "The Ten Acre Woods", a play on Winnie-the-Pooh. There's no Tigger, Eeyore or Piglet here, but between the hardwood trees in our ten acre woods, I spotted (aka woody woodpecker) a pilated woodpecker searching for bugs in tree holes and under bark. I took these photos with my new Nikon d810, 28-300mm lens.

Knock, knock, anybody home. All of these photos were taken, handheld from about 70 feet away. Some photos have been cropped to show additional detail.

Peek-a-boo, is there a nice juicy beetle at home that wants to become take out food? 

The pilated woodpecker is one of my favorite birds. I often see them in the ten acre woods flying from tree to tree. When they become serious, they can make the wood chips fly. 

These birds are very shy. Normally, when I see them, they see me and fly away. I was lucky and was able to take these photos without the woodpecker detecting me. 
I have often seen the woodpecker turn its head from side to side. I think the woodpecker is turning its head to better hear for bugs under the tree bark. I was able to watch this beautiful bird for about 10 minutes and took 20 photos before the pilated decided to fly away.

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"Life is short, reduce screen time and increase stream time, get on a big stream."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's a county song "Who plowed the road?"

Here in Tennessee the weather has been cold, with rain, sleet and snow. The schools have been closed for the last five days. In fact, my wife is a teacher and has been home for the week. Our road has been covered with snow for the week because the city doesn't do any snow removal. There's about 2" of ice that's under the snow cover.

Around here, the local country folk will take things into their own hands by snowplowing the county road. I think it's called good old self sufficiency, being able to maintain oneself without outside aid. 
Love that John Deere green, however I have a Kubota. There's nothing like living in the "Ten Acre Woods". Stay warm my friend!


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"Life is short, reduce screen time and increase stream time, get on a big stream."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Monster Largemouth

Here's the new Tennessee state large mouth bass record, weighting in at 15.2 lbs. This monster was caught on Chickamauga Lake by Gabe Keen. It breaks a 50 year record by .7lbs. 
It's not often that you catch a state record and I bet this baby will be going on the wall.
"Get away from the big screen and get on the big stream" 



Saturday, February 14, 2015

Lake Maps

Amazingly, I've been painting vintage style decor map of lakes for the last five years and as you can see, it has taken over. (the love of maps, see my studio picture below). Anyway, one of my favorite things about painting maps is the comments that I often receive from customers about how much they love the maps. Here's just one comment from a very recent customer. 

"Hi Larry, I received the map today of Great Sacandaga Lake. It's absolutely beautiful. I bought it as a gift for my cousins who have a place up there and I visit regularly during the summer. I'm sure they're going to love it as much as I do. Thank you again!" 


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!" 





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What fishermen do on Valentines Day......

Is this what fishermen do on Valentines Day? Oh yeah, and one fish? Anyway, hope you enjoyed and have a Happy Valentines Day!




Also, if you like my cartoons, checkout my vintage style lake, river and bay decor maps. 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.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Six Pak.....?

I'm sure Bob will be surprised when the girls see this! Also, Please Don't Litter! We don't want six pak bass in our waters.






"Life is short, reduce screen time and increase stream time, get on a big stream."