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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.

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Walnuts, Woodpeckers and Wind

When Brother Mark brought his chainsaw down a visit or two ago, I asked him if it was time to take down a long-dead walnut tree in the corner of the yard. (You might recall my adventures as a tree trimmer from earlier.)

He said we should leave it up: it had a bunch of woodpecker holes in it, so he didn’t want to foreclose on any bird homes if he didn’t have to.

Take a look in the yard

A couple of mornings ago, Mother told me to come out to see something in the yard. Looks like we had just enough wind to take down a big chunk of the old snag.

Didn’t see any woodpeckers

The tree was mostly hollow and it DID have some woodpecker and other holes, but we didn’t see any sign of birds in it.

The wood is old and dry enough that it should be fairly easy to cut up for winter firewood. Maybe I can convince Mark that it’s too hot to attack a firewood project right now and I can slip out of town before it cools down. Who knows, maybe the rest of the tree will come down and he (note I said “he”) can make one big job out of it.

3 comments to Walnuts, Woodpeckers and Wind

  • Mark steinhoff

    I’ll cut up whatever is on the ground in exchange for a handfull of smashed train coins. Pick a different location this time, and we”ll see if you are innocent or not…

    You’ll have to explain that remark if any one asks.

  • Terry Hopkins

    I lost a BIG 65 foot palm tree in my yard a couple of days ago and cutting up fire wood or working outside in 90 degree plus heat is not my glass of iced tes, if youknow what I mean. So I am wornderig if Mark works the Florida curcuit for tree trimming, I have seen Ken’s work and, well enough said…

  • larry points

    Thanks, Mark, for thinking of the woodpeckers. Too many folks see a dead tree as something in the way … I find them to exhibit a certain amount of stark beauty against a blue sky.

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