Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fish Pajamas and A reel lashing!

Here's a few of my new cartoons. Enjoy!

Remember: Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream".

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Mississippi River Flowed Backwards!

In the last post, I posted a picture of a beautiful, naturally made lake. That lake was Reelfoot Lake, which is located in the northwest corner of Tennessee. This lake was formed in the early 1800s by a massive earthquake. The Mississippi River actually flowed backwards into this area for several hours to form the lake.

I took this picture of the lake. Interestingly, there are four creatures in the picture, can you spot all four? Click on the picture to enlarge. I call this my animal dyslexia picture because if you can't find all four, then you may have animal dyslexia and need to spent more time at a river, lake or bay.

Two weeks ago, I was in Samburg, in fact the photo above was taken near Samburg. I did a painting of Reelfoot Lake that came out great.
See more of my maps at www.LeoLakes.com, they make great gifts and can be customized.

Remember, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, in order to avoid animal dyslexia. Hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A very beautiful and unique lake.

I went to a very beautiful and unique lake last weekend. This path leads to the lake. This picture reminds me of those forest path pictures you see in the mall that are suppose to reduce your stress. However, if you look at this picture long enough, it does make you wonder, just where does this path go?  So, can you guess the lake behind this lush foliage? Hint: Bald Cypress
In a future post I will provide additional pictures of this beautiful lake and reveal its name.

Monday, June 17, 2013

My most humorous cartoon?

Okay, I sometimes draw humorous cartoons to blow-off a little creative. It is debatable if they're actually humorous, but I like doing them and I often get comments, feedback and hate mail (just kidding). They're normally based on a subject and today I chose, BAIT, yes I said BAIT, mainly the types of bait. If you are a fisherman, you have likely used some of these. Anyway, I think you will find a big bang at the end. Enjoy!

"Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A murder in the front yard?

The other morning in the ten acre woods, it was so foggy. The leaves were damp and the woods were quiet. I couldn't resist taking a few pictures.

I could hear Larry, Darrell, and Darrell far in the distance. Who is Larry, Darrell and Darrell you may ask? It's three crows that come by and look for food. 

You see, I give a few "caws" when I toss out stale bread, peanuts, crackers etc...  within five minutes, Larry, Darrell and Darrell show up.
I have been doing this for the last five weeks and its become routine. If I don't toss out some food in the morning, they come near and start "cawing." I tell my wife "there's a murder in the front yard" when they show up. That's right, a flock of crows is called a murder. Anyway, remember: Find out what's in your woods, river , lake or bay.

Nottely Lake Decor Map

Just painted this map of Lake Nottely located in North Georgia. I've been near this lake, to a town called Blue Ridge, but never been to Lake Nottely. This area is beautiful, very hilly and mountainous. Oh yeah, I hide things in the waters, too. 

The lake is about two hours from Atlanta, so it doesn't get the fishing pressure as a lot of lakes. If you look closely, you will see a red star, which I often place near the customers lake house or important place. Most folks like a name to be added, such as "Our Haven" etc...  I have over 200 lakes in stock and love to paint custom or personalized lakes, river and bays. They make a very special gift for the lake lover. 

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

As you can see, my maps make a great gift. To see more of my work click LeoLakes.com 

Monday, June 10, 2013

On a big stream!

About two weeks ago, I went fishing with Buttermilk my fishing partner on Old Hickory Lake. As you can see from this picture, Buttermilk has a new boat.
Not really, this is a boat just passing by. We were fishing from our kayak's.

The water was very calm and the temperature was in the upper seventies.

We started out plugging the bank, but nothing big was biting. Okay, Buttermilk caught a bream and check out that grin. You would think that he caught a 10 lbs bass.

As normal, fishing gets slow and I start taking pictures of the wildlife. This is a turtle line dance.

Anyway, we switched to a trout magnet in order the catch a few more bream. These bream are fun to catch, but small.

If you look closely this turtle is doing his dog act. Lifting his rear leg. I think he's really enjoying the sun but you never know.

Another bream by Buttermilk.

The last photo of the trip. A picture of Old Hickory Dam and Lock. "Hey, GET AWAY FROM THE BIG SCREEN AND GET ON A BIG STREAM."

Friday, June 7, 2013

Unusual visitor to the salt block!

I place a salt block behind our house ever spring in order to photograph whatever wanders by. Interestingly, a bunny rabbit came by and munched on the salt block. I have never seen a rabbit eat at a salt block. I'm not sure, but maybe its common? The rabbit is hidden behind the grass. It appears he is licking the salt block.
I have found very small claw marks on the block. I wonder if very small animals eat the salt at night, mouse, moles, etc... 

The other morning a deer wandered by and I was lucky to get a few photo's. He is a beauty.
I am actually in our house while taking this photo. We live in a western cedar house and I think the wildlife believe it's a big tree.
Here's a great picture that you can actually see the fuzz on his rack. I bet he's going to have a massive rack come fall. Normally, this deer will be back a few more times and I am excited to get more photos as his rack matures.
Hope you enjoyed. Remember life is short, find out what's in your woods, river, lake, or bay!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ok Honey!

Some may know that I occassionally draw cartoons. Here's one that I recently created. I hesitated on posting this cartoon, but I think it's so funny that I couldn't resist. Some may say that I got in the gutter, but I think, I got in the toliet.

Hope you enjoyed!