The first thunderstorm of the year rolled in somewhat unexpectedly this morning, bearing strong winds that persisted all day while the temperatures rose into the lower 80s. After the rain had stopped I battled the relentless wind to take several photos from the corner on which my office building stands in downtown Northfield. In the third week of April in southern Minnesota, the trees have not yet leafed out, though some are just starting to show signs of it. I am fascinated by both of the bare trees shown here against the scudding clouds. I encourage you to click on the photos to step more deeply into these scenes; the full-size versions are quite large.