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John Kampsen
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Actor, Musician, Fenestration Designer
Actor, Musician, Fenestration Designer

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Good April Fool's Day from the Snow Frog

Yesterday, Mother Nature gave us an untimely morning surprise, 4 inches (10 cm) of spring snow. With that, an early April Fool's object appeared to be creeping up onto the edge of my back yard deck. A Snow Frog is crawling up to get a view of my back door.
Hope everyone is Getting After It today, right +Scot Duke ?
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Ready for a Downhill Run

Our 12 year old Granddaughter, Kaylee, is at the Junior Olympics in Winter Park, Colorado today. She is competing in the Downhill Ski Race (or is today the Super G?) . She has her hair pulled up under her helmet and is in the gate ready to Smack It
Don't believe I could even consider skiing down this hill. How about you? Are you Getting After It today ?
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Look At The Rack on This Bird !

Part of the problem that we have in feeding the birds,  is that our dear deer friends think it is theirs for the taking. This photo was taken by my neighbor, Sparky, presumably before she nailed him with the paint ball gun :-}  
Hope that y'all Get After It today !
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Tunnel of Snow Love

Old Man Winter was a bit late this year, but he arrived with a vengeance ! This shot was taken by my pal, Mike Werkmeister, in Royal Oak, Michigan, just 6 miles north of Detroit. He had just cleaned the sidewalk off with a snow blower. His iPhone then was placed at ground level for this shot. I liked the perspective. 
Going to be very frigid here the next few nights in the  -25 degree C range (-10 to -15 F). Keep warm y'all !
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A Double Kidlet Birthday

This shot was taken by my daughter, +Laurel Geis back in 2004 on Hawaii. These 2 grand kids of mine (by 2 different daughters) share a February 6 birthday. Tate, on the left turns 16 today, and Audrey turns 15. Fun to revisit this shot for me on a #throwbackthursdays  .
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Ca d'Zan- You Can Have This and A Circus

Ca d'Zan is the Venetian-style 30 room mansion built by John Ringling and his wife, Mable, back in the 1920's. It sets on 30 acres of land that includes an Art museum and Circus museum as well.
Mr. Ringling made his fame and fortune as the owner of the Ringling Brothers, Barnum, and Bailey Circus that toured North American by train in the early part of the 20th century. I am shooting this photo standing at the water's edge, so this porch offers quite a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
It's rather cold here today and this photo was a warm reminder to Get After It  !
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An Icy Locomotive

This is the Little Engine that could, an example of the ice sculptures featured in my town at the Rochester, Michigan Winter Fest. It always me amazed with what talent the ice artists display. 
Hope y'all Get After It and chug-a-lug through your day !
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A Cannon's Eye View

Fort Mackinac sets on a bluff overlooking the Straits of Mackinac which separates Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. In the 19th Century, the country which controlled the Straits ruled over the lucrative fur trade in the Upper Great Lakes. The Fort changed hands more than once as Britain and the USA  battled for control.  
I am standing next to a cannon on top of the wall. From there, after a couple of practice salvos, the soldier commanding this cannon could pop a cannon ball right on an enemy ship's deck, thereby ruining the crew's day :-}
The Statue in the lower center is Father Jacques Marquette (1637-1675) who first evangelized the Native Americans for the Roman Catholic Jesuits. He is also credited for being the first white man to spend a winter on the Island. Better him than me.
Get After It, you Plusketiers !
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Cherish the Ladies

This photo by +c cay Wesley really captured the moment. Here in this part of the USA we have the Amish folks, who have shunned the trappings of modern life, (i.e. automobiles, electricity, etc.) and prefer the simple life. Here is an Amish horse and buggy against a dark foreboding sky. 
Thanks, +c cay Wesley for being a friend on G+ since the beginning. 
Hope everyone has a Get After It day !
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Merry Christmas to All of you Plussers !
Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas) has decided to give the reindeer a break while he works the Mitten of Michigan. He'll be driving this little vehicle here. 
This old colored pencil drawing of mine has served as my G+ Christmas card to all of my friends on the Plus since the very first Christmas here. 
Get After It during the New Year y'all.
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