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Cape Central High Photos

Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

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The Simple Things

Magnolia blossoms at Common Pleas Courthouse 07-07-2013I shot this magnolia blossom at an undisclosed location that did not appear to have surveillance cameras around. Right after I photographed it, it inexplicably fell off the tree at my feet. I thought it might be possible to resuscitate it, so I took it home to Mother just like I would any other stray. (You can click on the photos to make them larger.)

Slightly wilted

By the time I got home, the bloom had slightly wilted, but it perked right up as soon as she put it in water. The whole kitchen was filled with a sweet fragrance. When I went to bed, I noticed that the bloom had closed up. The next morning, it was wide open again.

I happened to overhear Mother talking on the phone to one of her friends about how nice it was to be able to get pleasure from something as simple as a flower blossom on the kitchen table. It made me feel good. It’s amazing how much you can learn from your mother.

When I went to bed last night, I didn’t turn on the kitchen light, but I could see that what I think is called the anthers – the yellow part – had fallen off inside the bloom.

Magnolia blossom turned brown

Magnolia Blossom 08-09-2013_5771When we got up this morning, the blossom had turned a beautiful shade of brown. The petals were still soft, but they had changed color. The undersides of the leaves had turned brown, too.

In some ways, I find this more interesting than the white flower. There are more subtle shades in it.

The one that didn’t fall off the tree

Magnolia blossoms at Common Pleas Courthouse 07-07-2013This one, by the way, didn’t fall off the tree. Maybe another day.






3 comments to The Simple Things

  • Margi Whitright

    Both pictures are beautiful. I really wanted a magnolia tree when we moved here but we have too little sunshine and too many tall trees. I can smell the lemony scent of the blossom right through the Internet.

  • Dennis & Mary Drum

    Ken, we have friends in central VA who have an Elephant Magnolia tree. It has blossoms that look like a regular magnolia but are about 12″ in diameter. _Very_ impressive.

    Interesting to see the brown blossom….

  • Stephanie Skaggs-Kunefke

    Beautiful and so are your writings.

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