Minnesota in Photos: Spring blossomed early

Weather Jeffrey Thompson , Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 A gray squirrel transports a nut at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
2 A pond reflects surrounding trees at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
3 Grass grows around a lake at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
4 A small bud begins to open at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
5 A male mallard navigates a pond at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood, Minn. Tuesday, March 27, 2012. 
6 A magnolia blossom before it flowers Monday, March 26, 2012 at Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis. 
7 Siberian squill are some of the first spring flowers to bloom Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis. 
8 A magnolia tree in blossom Monday, March 26, 2012 at Lyndale Park Peace Garden. 
9 A yellow forsythia bush stands out in an otherwise mostly brown and green landscape Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Lyndale Park Peace Garden in Minneapolis. 
10 A flowering crab tree is one of the first trees to grow leaves each spring at Lyndale Park Gardens, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 in Minneapolis. 
11 An Eastern Redbud tree will flower nearly a month early due to recent warm weather Monday, March 26, 2012 at Lyndale Park Gardens in Minneapolis. 
12 Pasque flowers in bloom Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Lyndale Park Peace Gardens in Minneapolis.