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Crappie fishing blossoms come springtime

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 Apr 1st, 2019 by Keith Worrall  49

Modified Apr 1st, 2019 at 10:18 AM

A single dogwood stands on what passes for a bit of sandy high ground in the hardwood flat that is adjacent to an oxbow reachable by boat through a barely wide-enough channel connecting the slough to the river that once flowed through it.

Most of the year, the modest-size dogwood is easily lost among the stand of oaks, gum, ash, hawthorn, elm and other larger trees in the East Texas floodplain forest. But not as March marches into April.

Around the spring equinox, the dogwood shines — almost literally. The tree’s low, broad branches explode in a cascade of blossoms. The flowers, almost pinkish at first before maturing to a rich, creamy white, stand in bold contrast against the gray and light green painting the rest of the awakening woods. This flowering dogwood is both beacon and almanac as well as perhaps a bit of a talisman, especially for anglers.

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Photo: Shannon Tompkins / Houston Chronicle

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