Photos: 'Spring' arrives, in a Minnesota kind of way


Cat tails molt.
1 Cat tails molt in Tony Schmidt Regional Park in Arden Hills on Saturday. 
An eagle circles the nest.
2 An eagle circles a nest near Lake Phalen in St. Paul on Saturday. 
This forgotten teddy bear emerged from a snow drift.
3 As the snow melted over the weekend, this forgotten teddy bear emerged from a melting snow drift outside a house on Summit Avenue in St Paul. 
Spring is in the air and so are the waterfowl enjoying the warming weather.
4 "Spring is in the air and so are the waterfowl enjoying the warming weather." 
Winter's grip is loosening on Lake Superior.
5 "Winter's grip is loosening on Lake Superior." 
Two people share a moment on a bridge over Minnehaha Creek
6 Two people share a moment — coatless — on a bridge over Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis on Saturday. 
Early morning reflections in the Mississippi.
7 "Early morning reflections in the Mississippi." 
Mountain ranges of snirt line streets.
8 Mountain ranges of snirt line Soo Street in Shoreview on Sunday. 
Hooded mergansers males circle a female.
9 "Must be spring, post 2. And I thought human dating was rough! Captured at the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge. At one point she rested on the ice and snapped at the boys coming toward her. ... Hooded mergansers, in all their glory!!" 
Ryan Dertuleit casts into the Mississippi River near Minnehaha Creek
10 Ryan Dertuleit casts into the Mississippi River near Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis on Saturday. "Corn and crawlers, turf and turf," is how Durtuleit described his choice of bait. 
A truck cruises past potholes on Mississippi River Boulevard
11 The one thing that's growing at this time of year? Potholes. A truck cruises past a good crop of them on Mississippi River Boulevard in St. Paul on Monday. 
Ice melts in strange patterns alongside 694.
12 Ice melts in strange patterns alongside Interstate 694 Sunday. 
Downtown Minneapolis
13 "It's funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different. I just never get tired of this view." 
The warming weather and melting snow make for sloppy dogs after a walk.
14 The warming weather and melting snow make for a sloppy dog after a walk Saturday. 
Buds are barely beginning to appear on trees.
15 Buds are barely beginning to appear on trees in Tony Schmidt Regional Park in Arden Hills. 
A group of hikers amble along the trail from Minnehaha Falls
16 A group of hikers amble along the trail from Minnehaha Falls to the Mississippi River as one tries an alternative route in Minneapolis on Saturday. 
The robins are back in town.
17 "The robins are back in town. With all the snow cover, the Darrow's blueberries should make them happy. (Yes, I have been known to throw berries on the snow when they cannot dig for worms)." 
Puddles the size of small cars.
18 Puddles the size of small cars on Soo Street in Shoreview Sunday. 
A fishing boat cruises down the Mississippi River
19 A fishing boat cruises down the Mississippi River near where Minnehaha Creek feeds into the river on Saturday. 
Big floppy feet out on the ice. Trumpeter swan.
20 "Big floppy feet out on the ice. Trumpeter swan." 
The snow is lacy and crusty from the freeze and thaw cycle.
21 The snow is lacy and crusty from the freeze and thaw cycle. 
Puddles of melting snow reflect the still-leafless trees.
22 Puddles of melting snow reflect the still-leafless trees.