Monday, October 28, 2019

Man Toy

I have ten acres with a creek on the back of the property. I call it the "Ten Acre Woods". It's very hilly and I haven't bush hogged the back area in a long while. I purchased this UTV to run around in the Ten Acre Woods and travel to the creek. But......it is so grown-up, I am having to cut, chainsaw, and bush hog, a trail to the creek.

I feel like Lewis and Clark attempting to find a passage to the Pacific Ocean, except I'm trying to make it to the creek about a 1/4 of a mile away. You know what the good thing is? I haven't encountered any indians.....but that might have been interesting!

Anyway, I purchased the Prowler 500 which is the same as an Artic Cat. Both models are now owned by Textron who also makes the Bass Pro Tracker 500.
We will see how this works out, but I must say that with 10 areas, a UTV will be fun. It is a 4x4 and can pull a 1,500 lbs trailer. 
In the future I will add some photos of the trail cutting process. Stay tuned.
Also, paddle over to my studio and check out these great Christmas gifts for the lake lover. I do maps........
If it's a gift for the lakelover, just wait until you see their face when they open a LeoLakes Treasured Decor Map! See more at www.LeoLakes.com Here's a photo of my studio!


Sunday, September 29, 2019

My Water Dog......

While growing up, I had a dog named Lucy. Lucy was a white, long haired mutt that had little black spots sprinkled around her coat. We took her on all our fishing trips. She was a great fishing dog and would watch the bobber for hours. When I would get a bite, she would go "berserk", knowing that a fish was soon to be near. This dog loved the water, she would often jump in the water while we were fishing. Then, come out of the water and shake, shake, shake..... water going all over near by fishermen. 


One time, when I was swimming in the river and Lucy was up on the bank watching. I decide to play a little joke on her to see what she may do. I acted as if I was drowning and called for Lucy to save me. You know what, she jumped in and swam to me. I grabbed her collar and she dog paddled back to shore. Amazing, I was saved by Lucy the water dog.........

One of my favorite things to do with her was toss her a biscuit after she had eaten. She would be too full to eat, but would take the biscuit to a spot and drop it, while sniffing around. She would dig a 1-2 inch hole and place the biscuit in the hole. With her nose, she would push the dirt back over the biscuit until it was completely cover. Funny thing, her white nose tuned dirt brown, so you could always tell that she had buried something.    

In the studio, I have a stuffed dog that I call Lucy that is in honor of my beloved childhood dog. Lucy was a mix breed and loved the water. Whenever we traveled to a river, lake or bay, you could bet that Lucy was in the water. 


Paddle over to my website, LEOLAKES.com. I paint beautiful lake, river and bay maps. They make great Christmas gifts for the lake lover, lake house, or fisherman. Best lake lover gift ever....


Thursday, September 19, 2019

Big hornet nest on house

A couple of weeks ago, I was out doing some odd jobs around the house. For some reason, I looked up at the eave of the house and to my surprise spotted this hornets nest on our house. It looks like it has been there for most of the summer. In fact, I feel very lucky because not long ago, I installed a new light fixture about 15 feet below the nest while on a ladder. I am highly allergic to bee stings and it could have been deadly. Apparently, the hornets are use to me being near their nest.  


I researched the hornets and discovered that they are Bald Faced Hornets. They live in paper nest and are "not too aggressive" unless you disturb their nest. They will give you a nasty sting multiple times.  

The bald faced hornets often builds nest in trees and house eaves. All of the worker hornet will die when it gets cold (November/December). The queen will fly off and hibernate over the winter. 


I zoomed in and spotted this hornet ready to attack anything that disturbs the nest. I have left the nest alone for now. They don't seem to be a problem at present. I plan on removing the nest later in the year. Interestingly, I looked on the internet and people are selling these nests for a couple hundred bucks on Ebay. I will keep the nest....... 

Oh yeah, I do decor maps! I have hundreds of lake, river, & bay maps that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized 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 LeoLakes.com. We do custom lake maps.

Most folks add a star to a special place on the lake such as a lake house or where they caught that "Trophy Fish". I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for approximately seven years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps. LeoLakes.com
Also, each framed map or map over 16x32, comes with a certificate of authenticity, lake poem, and interesting facts abut the map. 





Sunday, August 25, 2019

Baitragous Fishing Cartoons


BaitRageous, trying to make bobbers fun, again! Wow, fall is almost here and fall fishing will be starting. Those foggy, cool mornings will be nice after the heat of this summer. I've just added a few fishing cartoons for your enjoyment. 





Oh yeah, check-out my maps, they make the best fishermen's gift! I have over three hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized 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 fish 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 LeoLakes.com


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Table Rock Fish Hatchery

A few weeks ago, for the first time ever I went to a fish hatchery. I didn't really know what to expect. I always thought it would be a boring place, with tanks of varying size fish, with nothing special to see. I was wrong!  It is an entertaining and educational place, especially for kids. I was in Arkansas visiting my daughter who is a graduate student at The University of Arkansas pursuing a Phd in math. I know, a Phd in math, that's another story. Anyway, we went to the Table Rock Fish Hatchery.     


Table Rock Fish Hatchery is located in the shadows of the Table Rock Lake Dam.

Yes, it has fish tanks, but you can actually buy food for a quarter and feed the fish, which is cool. 

I tossed a few food pellets in this tank and a school of trout came up and snapped up each pellet. These are nice size, but there were some larger trout in other tanks. I saw brown and rainbow trout. it's pretty interesting watching the trout, especially when they fight over the food. Beautiful fish! 

There is a building that houses the educational part of the hatchery located at the beginning. It's kind of like a small museum with displays on the wall, large aquariums tanks stocked with large fish etc..., and a small auditorium for discussions/learning. I found it to be educational and really cool to see the large trout in the aquariums.  

The best things about the hatchery is it's well done and FREE!
The Table Fish Hatchery is a nice place to spend an hour or two. My hats off to the workers of the hatchery, they are doing a great job. Kids will enjoy the place and really find it fun to feed the fish. Now, it's not Disney World, but it is a fun educational experience. 

Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com for a beautiful lake, river, or bay map by me. We have lake maps from California to Texas to Georgia. 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, a Leo Lakes map looks great on the wall and make a fantastic gift.  Click here www.LeoLakes.com for more information.





Monday, August 12, 2019

A Beautiful Lake Map

Folks have asked me to do an overall map of beautiful Lewis Smith Lake. It will  soon be on the website for ordering.  It will look great hanging in a customers lake house.  LeoLakes.com

Interestingly, I've hidden a tiny mermaid in the waters of the Lewis Smith Lake map. Folks love to tell me about the search for the mermaid. They say the children really enjoy hunting for her and are thrilled when they spot her in the waters. Oh yeah, some folks tell me that she moves, but I'm not sure that I believe that. LeoLakes.com

Most folks add a star to a special place on the lake such as a lake house or where they caught that big fish. I've been doing lake, river and bay maps for approximately seven years. Over the years, I have experimented with different elements of map art in order to provide the best and most unique map on the market. Folks will be drawn to the map like a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  I try very hard to make my maps special by adding interest to the maps. LeoLakes.com
Also, each framed map or map over 16x32, comes with a certificate of authenticity, lake poem, and interesting facts abut the map. 


I have hundreds of maps on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalized 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 LeoLakes.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Beautiful Lake House Map Ideas

Folks love a beautiful lake map hanging in the lake house. Here's the proof. Believe it or not, I have a lot of customers that send me photos of their maps hanging in their lake or beach house. I think the best come from Leo Lakes Treasured Maps! I have added a few to my blog.



Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com for a beautiful lake, river, or bay map by me. We have lake maps from California to Texas to Georgia. 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 www.LeoLakes.com for more information.


Friday, July 19, 2019

It's the Whale, It's the Whale, It's all about the Whale....

I traveled to Alaska in June and spent seven days cruising the inside passage. I got to see and photo some beautiful whales. It was amazing and they were pretty common along the inside passage. I mostly saw humpback and beluga whales. Many of the whales were traveling with their baby. Both the mom and baby stayed close together. Once you saw their tail come way out of the water, you learned that they were diving deep and it could take 15 minutes or more before they resurfaced. I watched for the blows, which was in spray spout to indicate that they had surfaced. Sometimes, if the lighting was right, there would be a rainbow around the spray. I will say that this was an Ahh.....moment. If you have never been to Alaska, I highly recommend it. Alaska is an absolutely beautiful place and I had a great time. Check-out these whale photos.








Hey, paddle over to my website, LeoLakes.com for a beautiful lake, river, or bay map by me. 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 www.LeoLakes.com for more information.