Here is one still standing that is totally dead, it has been the dining table for woodpeckers as evidenced by the holes in the tree and it will be next. The others had already been worked over good by the woodpeckers.
With the wildfire up North of us it became apparent that we needed to cut some limbs higher on the live trees. Here is a nice mulch pile that will be done soon and the resulting mulch will be used on the wet soggy part of the driveway. Tomorrow is a 60% chance of snow so it may be a week or two before they will be dry enough to mulch.
And last but certainly not least is this pine that was only about 30' from the house. It got hit by lightning 5 years ago and had died except for a couple limbs. It used to stand straight but in the past 2-3 years it started to lean like it would fall on the fence or wood shed. Time for it to go too. We have been watching is slowly die for the past several years. Trouble with a leaner is you never know which wind storm will take it down and better for it to fall where you want it to fall than take a chance. I'd have to be repairing the wood shed or replacing the fence for the backyard. It was looking very much like it was ready to topple over and where it fell would depend on the direction of the wind. I watched it creak and sway a few days ago and knew it had to go right now.
It is also a very good idea to get the ones that are dead down now before the birds start to nest in them. Sometimes it is hard to see those nests in the tree and I don't want to damage a nest or nesting birds. Even though there is still a couple feet of snow on the ground it is better to deal with them now than run the risk of them blowing over or destroying a bird nest. Dead trees are a real hazard the longer you allow them to stand. Sometimes they look pretty normal but when you start to cut them you find they are rotten at the base like two of these were.