Friday, April 29, 2016

Fish For Lunch?

Fish for lunch? It's a nice day to have lunch near the waters edge. This water snake was munching on a 2-3 pound bass on the Elk River. I believe the snake is a northern water snake, non-venous. I've seen them many times. Most folks mistakenly identify them as a copperhead. 

When I was a child, my father and I would float down the Duck River fishing from a flat bottom aluminum boat that he purchased from Sears department store. As we floated along, he would keep his eye open for a water snake coiled around a low hanging branch above the waters edge. If he spotted one, he would slowly paddle over without me knowing what was about to happen. When we were near, he would carefully raise his paddle and tap the branch. I was always oblivious to what was about to happen, until the snake came crashing down near were I was sitting, in a huge splash. It would scare the crap out of me, but my dad would laugh and laugh and laugh!

This is one of those treasured memories of the beloved river that I grew up on. I decided to paint a map of this river and it turned out so well, I ended up creating Leo Lake Treasured Maps. Paddle over to my website,, no snakes allowed.  Folks are discovering that my vintage style 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 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 for more information.

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