Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Massive Alligator Snapping Turtle

Wow, this Oklahoma angler got a huge surprise while fishing for catfish on Eufaula Lake. After a struggle, he and a friend pulled in this massive alligator snapping turtle weighting in over 100 lbs. Believe it or not, he caught this large turtle on a rod and reel. Amazingly, the largest alligator turtle ever caught weighted over 200 lbs, now that's a Godzilla Turtle. After the photo op, the turtle was released unharmed.
How old do you think this turtle is? Well, they say that there's no reliable way to determine the age of turtles, but I bet that this is a fairly old turtle. I did a little research and found that male snapping turtles live up to 45 years and females up to 37 years in the wild. They have been known to live up to 70 years in captivity.  It is fascinating what one might catch while fishing. When I was a child, we caught an alligator snapping turtle on the Duck River in Tennessee. It was a 50-70 pound turtle and had moss covering some of its shell. I was amazed. It was like seeing an alien creature and I was very curious. After we checked the turtle out we released it back into the waters of the Duck.

Interesting, here's a decor map of Eufaula Lake that I painted.
I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. 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
Remember: Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream!



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Custom Lake Maps

A beautiful Little Lake! I Just finished this custom vintage style map of Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. Deep Creek Lake is the largest lake in Maryland at approximately 3,900 acres. The lake is named after the creek that feeds into it and the maximum depth is about 75 feet.  This lake has an abundance of wildlife, fish and birds and is a great lake for fishing, swimming, tubing, and canoeing.
Interesting, I always hide a tiny mermaid to the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I have been painting river, lake, and bay maps for the last five years. I call them treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. 

Here's the actual customer's comment: 

"Good Morning Larry, Please know that we received our new Map yesterday and love everything about it!!  Thank you so very much as this will be an amazing addition to our home.  Many blessing to you

These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that be purchased from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoLakes.com. Makes a great gift!


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





Saturday, May 10, 2014

I often receive emails back from customers after they receive one of my treasured maps. Here's a sample of a few emails that I have received lately.

 What Our Customer's Are Saying: 

Customer Email 5/01/14: Hi Larry, The map arrived on time and was perfect!  My husband loved it. Thank you for all of your efforts and attention to this project. It will be a conversation piece in our home for years to come! 

Customer Email 4/29/14: The map arrived yesterday and looks great. Thank you.

Customer Email 4/20/14: I received the map yesterday (we were out of town all weekend). It's perfect!! Thank you very much. 

Customer Email 4/12/14: The pkg arrived Friday as scheduled. The map was a surprise for my husband. He loves it! The Table Rock Lake Map will be a treasure in our family for generations. We are both very happy with the quality and colors. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your product. Thank you. 

Customer Email 4/3/14: I apologize for the delayed email but I wanted to tell you thank you so much for the beautiful map! I got it right in time and my mom and dad loved it!! Have a great day. 

Customer Email 3/2/14: Hi Larry, The painting just arrived, it is beautiful. He is going to love it. Thank you for getting it to us so promptly. Have a nice day. 

Customer Email 2/26/14: Larry, Received the map today and it is fantastic!  My heart kind of sank when my receptionist brought it in because the box had a fist sized hole in it.  However, it is unharmed and is beautiful.  My office staff just loves it and we are rearranging some other wall hangings so we can display it so that our property owners will be able to see it when they come in.  We will put your cards and contact info out, so hopefully you can sell some. Thanks Again.

See more Leo Lakes treasured maps at LeoLakes.com. They make a great fathers day gift!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Custom Lake Painting Maps

Here's a beautiful custom lake painting map of the Walleye Capital of Wisconsin. That lake would be Long Lake. Long Lake is located in Washburn County and is 3,300 acres in size. It's name is true to its length, being 19 miles long. The lake was carved out by glaciers millions of years ago. It's a beautiful clear lake with miles of undeveloped shoreline, pristine bays and nice gravel beaches. 
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Not only are walleyes common, but large and small mouth bass, crappie, blue gill, and northern pike are too. You will find much wildlife/waterfowl around the lake such as eagles, osprey, cranes, otter, beaver and my favorite, loons. In fact, I added a couple of loons on the map along with fish, canadian Geese, and an osprey. Interesting, I always hide a tiny mermaid to the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. 

I have been painting river, lake, and bay maps for the last five years. I call them 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 LeoLakes.com

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