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    Spring is in the air!

    An early spring coaxes the birds, bees, flowers and humans to come out from winter hibernation to enjoy the sunshine.

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    Over the rainbow -

    A rainbow appears in the sky on April 11 over the city of Geneva.
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    Splish n' splash! -

    Young Slovaks dressed in traditional costumes throw a bucket of water at a girl as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, Slovakia, on April 9. Men splash women with water and hit them with a willow to symbolize youth, strength and beauty for the upcoming spring season.
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    Sunday best -

    Natalie Le stands in her holiday finery in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral along Fifth Avenue during the annual Easter Parade on April 8 in New York City. The parade is a New York tradition dating back to the mid-1800s when the social elite would parade their new fashions down Fifth Avenue after attending Easter services.
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    Perfect perch -

    A butterfly perches on a blossoming fruit tree at a park in Beijing, China, on April 6.
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    Full moon rising -

    A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York in this view from Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J., on April 6. According to space.com, the April full moon is known as the "pink moon." It references the early spring flowers grass pink or wild ground phlox.
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    Row your boat -

    A couple in a boat passes beneath cherry blossom trees along the Imperial Palace's Chidorigafuchi moats in Tokyo, Japan, on April 6.
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    Easter chicks -

    Colored chicks are sold during the run-up to Easter in downtown Amman, Jordan on April 2.
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    In bloom -

    A bird sits on a branch of a blooming cherry tree at a park in Tokyo on April 1. Cherry trees bloomed in Tokyo on March 31, five days later than usual year.
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    Best in show -

    A tulip field is seen at the Floriade, the once-in-a-decade world horticultural exposition in Venlo, the Netherlands, on March 30. A total of 1.8 million bulbs have been planted across the exposition's 108-acre grounds.
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    Flower fields -

    Workers pick giant tecolote ranunculus flowers by hand at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, on March 27. The flowers are sold for commercial purposes and the fields are a tourist attraction.
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    Lucky lamb -

    A lamb enjoys the warm weather and sunlight on a meadow near the Rhine river in Duesseldorf, Germany, on March 27.
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    Kitchen garden -

    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama works with school children from across the country who were invited to join her for the fourth annual White House Kitchen Garden spring planting on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 26.
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    In the sun -

    Visitors row near Magdalen College School playing fields during warm spring weather on March 24 in Oxford, England. Many parts of the UK have experienced unseasonally warm and dry weather with temperatures in many places exceeding 68 degrees Farenheit.
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    Spring dance -

    Belarussians dance in celebration during the "Spring welcome" festival in a village of Viazynka, outside Minsk on March 24.
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    Laid back -

    A couple relaxes on the grass at Central Park during a warm day in New York City on March 22.
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    Give praise -

    A man raises his hands near the pyramid of Chichen Itza in the southern Mexican state of Yucatan on March 21. Hundreds of Mexicans and tourists gathered at Chichen Itza to welcome spring at the Mayan pyramid El Castillo (The Castle), a temple to Kukulkan, the feathered serpent and Mayan snake deity.
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    Bright daffodils -

    Daffodils flowering at Fentongollan Farm on March 21 near Truro, England.
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    Work of art -

    Volker Kraft decorates his Easter egg tree in Saalfeld, Germany on March 21. It takes the family around two weeks to hang the 10,000 hand-painted eggs on the tree.
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    Blowing bubbles -

    Clara Loiter, 3, and her mother Jennifer Frericks, of Washington, D.C., blow bubbles under a Yoshino cherry blossom tree at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., on March 19. The National Capitol Columns are in the background.
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    Buzzing bee -

    A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom in early spring at park in Amman, Jordan on Feb. 28.
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    Charging ahead -

    Cows run into a field on March 20 in in Delfgauw, The Netherlands, on the first day of spring. After staying in the stables for the winter, they were released out into the field for the first time that day.
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    Spring colors -

    An Indian woman carries marigold flowers on her head on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on March 5. Marigolds are widely used as strings of garland and for Hindu religious rituals.
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    Butterflies in the sky -

    A paper kite butterfly lands on a newly arrived pentas flower on March 18 at the San Diego Zoo. Once a year, guests at the zoo's Safari Park are enchanted and spellbound as thousands of butterflies flitter around them in a walk-through aviary. The Butterfly Jungle will be open from March 24 through April 15.
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    Catching rays -

    Tourists and Parisians take advantage of warm temperatures in the French capital by relaxing on top of the Montparnasse Tower on March 16.
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    Face paint -

    A woman reacts as her face is smeared with colored powder during Holi festivities in Mumbai, India, on March 8. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring.
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    On dragon's wings -

    A girl looks at an artist wearing the costume of a dragon during the Nauryz celebration in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 21. Nauryz, an ancient holiday marking the spring equinox, is widely celebrated across central Asia.
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    Scent of spring -

    A cat smells at a tulip on a sunny spring day in Dortmund, Germany, on March 17.
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    Springtime strokes -

    Artist Janet Frankovic paints a blooming dogwood tree in Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, Md., on March 15. Warm spring weather, with temperatures reaching 82 degrees Fahrenheit, has arrived in the nation's capital region.
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    Springtime celebration -

    Afghanis gather around the Shrine of saint Sakhi Saib as they celebrate the Persian New Year Noruz and the beginning of spring in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 20. The Persian New Year has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years.
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    Spring break -

    Spring breakers Jarod Howe, left, passes a cigarette to friend Dezarey Schlemmer, both of Beeville, Texas, on March 13, on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas.
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    Foam it up! -

    Samia Jones, 12, laughs along with other spring breakers in the foam pool during the Spring Break Foam Party at Discovery Green, on March 13, in Houston.
    Michael Paulsen / Houston Chronicle via AP
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    Green shoots -

    A flower blossoms in front of the Reichstag, the seat of Germany's lower house of parliament, on a sunny spring day in Berlin, on March 16.
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    Enjoying the sun -

    A couple sits in the sunshine in London's St. James's Park on March 1. After a recent cold snap Britain is expected to see a short period of unseasonably mild weather, according to the Met Office.
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