I hope you've noticed the new header for the blog. As Sunday was the beginning of spring, the dark-eyed junco on a snowy tree limb just didn't match up with the sunny weather and the trees regaining their leaves.
I took a picture of my flowering Forest Pansy redbud tree. Because the garden is so small (5x4 on the east side of the path to the back gate and 5x7 on the west side), I've planted small specimen trees so as not to overwhelm the patio. The redbud is sited on the larger of the two pieces and is the earliest to start blooming. I have a crepe myrtle, var. Sioux, in the smaller area and it doesn't even start to leaf out until much later.
Since the redbud is a member of the pea and bean family, the tiny little flowers look exactly like those of peas when they bloom. After the blooming season is over, the tree will develop long legumes that, according to Wikipedia, can be cooked just like regular peas. I'm not so sure I'll ever do that, but I guess it is nice to know just in case.
For comparison, a picture of a sweet pea flower from the Web:
See the similarities?