This type of flowering tree is common around the neighborhood--a type of Magnolia, perhaps?
These are the blossoms on the tree outside our kitchen window ~
A flowering shrub on our neighbor's fence ~
The daffodils at the Zoo's Etscorn Garden ~
Flowers from my sweetheart on our anniversary, the sweetest flowers of them all ~
These are branches of an Eastern Redbud tree, very common in this area ~
I am not trying to rub it in, dear Minnesota friends. You will have your spring soon enough! And isn't it extra sweet after the long winter months?