Friday, August 31, 2018

An Old School Fisherman

A few years ago, I photographed my father-in-law "Pop", while fishing on Lemon Bay in Florida. He loves to fish, and is now almost 92 years young. Pop is an old school fisherman!
Pop isn't too fond of fancy tackle boxes.  As you can see, he has a makeshift tackle box. A baby wipes box, probably one from our kids years ago. Think about it, Pop is repurposing before repurposing was cool! "Old School."  

Pop was born in a time when bait was free, you only had to search for it, a little digging and a handful of worms would be crawling all over the ground. In Florida, Pop fishes with live shrimp that he catches himself, yes free bait. He uses shrimp traps to catch the shrimp and feeds them lettuce. "Old School!"

One thing you learn about an old school fisherman is patience. Once he sets his pole, he waits and watches. 

......and waits and watches. You can tell a great fisherman, because there will be a great blue heron lurking behind their back! Why? Because, the heron knows "This Old School Fisherman" catches fish and I'm getting the leftovers...If you look closely, there is a great blue heron behind Pop.

Pop has spotted a bite. Check out the bend in the end of the fishing pole. Pop is ready to set the hook and reel in a catch, not too early.

Looks like the live bait is a winner. Pop has caught a small trout, not a keeper, but a fun catch anyway. Pop doesn't fish as much as he used to, but still has some amazing fishing tales. Pop is one of the last "Old School Fishermen".  

Paddle over to my website, 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 gifts for the fisherman, lake lover, or Lake house. 

As you can see, my maps make a great gift.   Click here for more information.

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

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Best gift for the fisherman

Need a gift idea for a fisherman? Why not a beautiful canvas decor map of the lake that they love to fsh!  There's even fish jumping in the waters.
My maps make a great gift and will bring back treasured memories of those fishing trips when that big lunker was caught. You can even star your favorite place. Don't forget to look for the fish jumping around in the lake waters and the local water fowl flying over.

Check-out these other comments from our customers.

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!

I must be doing something right! I'm finally getting my ten minutes of fame, sort of. Interestingly, I have had one of my maps purchased by a major studio to use as a tv show prop. They want to use one of my big lake maps as a prop in the series. It won't come out for a few months, but I'm hoping that it will be prominently displayed in the series. I will have more news about this later...... 

Paddle over to website to see 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. Lake maps will add beauty to your Lake House Decor! Find out more interesting facts about my treasured maps by going to

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Lake Humor

I've been so busy, I am just now up-dating this blog. One reason for the delay is that I have decided to put a little more effort in drawing my cartoons. Hopefully you will see the extra effort in the following cartoons. I'm not sure if it's worth the time, but we will see. Yes, I still have a few more bobber cartoons. Enjoy...

One of my favorite cartoons!

This one is okay, but not a favorite.

I like this one, clever maybe...

Hey, check-out my treasured lake house maps. I got an idea, hang a lake decor map of the lake in the lake house!

Here's what my customers say:
"The  map looks great! Thanks so much.  We are visiting my brother this weekend at Lake Chautauqua and I know it will be a great addition to their new lake house.  Are you able to do waterways that are not listed.  My husband and I own a cottage on a lake in Maine and would love a picture like this."

"Larry, We  hung the map above our bed at the lake house. We absolutely love it.  We have a water ski headboard and the map works perfectly. Plan to enjoy it many years to come!

Anyway, paddle over to my website, 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. Also, you can personalize your lake map with a star where your lake house is located.  I call my maps, treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. My treasured maps make a great gift for the fisherman, lake lover, lake house. Add beauty with lake cabin decor, lake decor, lake cottage decor, or buy as a lake gift.  
As you can see, my lake maps make a great gift.  Orders pick-up during the holiday's, so order soon. Click here for more information.

Remember: "Hanging a Leo Lakes Treasured Map in a lake house, is like christening a boat with a bottle of champagne!" 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

I give thanks to this creek......

Our ten acre woods has a creek on the back of the property. I got to wade down our creek last week with a biologist. Yeah, my daughter is a biologist. We use to wade this creek when she was a little kid, looking under rocks for crayfish or salamanders. Once she caught a crayfish with big pinchers and it pinched her on the hand, she just cried, but that didn't stop her fro  catching whatever was under a creek rock. 
It's amazing how the impact of wading a creek has on life. She is a third year Phd student in biology at the University of Georgia. 
It's a beautiful little creek with all kinds of life including this salamander. The creek is named the South Fork of Sycamore creek. I can see why they call it Sycamore Creek because of all the sycamore trees that line the banks.
The water is fairly cool on this hot summer day. Check-out the clarity of the water.  She noted that it appears to be a healthy stream. It's cool what you spot while wading. We found this box turtle wandering the woods, probably looking for a mate. 
Lucky for my daughter, she won a National Science Foundation Grant that pays for her Phd schooling.   
I must say, I give thanks to this creek........

Something else, I do beautiful lake maps. Paddle on over to my website to see some great maps of your favorite lake, river, or makes great gifts for the Lake Lover, Lake House, or Fishermen.