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Signs of Spring

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While the official first day of spring was three weeks ago, many in the northern hemisphere are only just starting to experience warmer weather. People, plants, and animals are beginning to emerge from their winter modes to step outside, bloom, and otherwise welcome the sunshine. These photos show glimpses of the new season from around the world, as we shake off the winter and greet the spring. [33 photos]

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Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, on March 25, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)
Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses with a Blue Morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, on March 25, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor)
Visitors enjoy walking through moss phlox at a garden in Tatebayashi, Gunma prefecture, about 80 km north of Tokyo, on April 7, 2013. Over 400,000 blossoming moss phlox are expected to attract many visitors until the upcoming Japanese "Golden Week" holiday season in late April and early May. (Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A newborn lamb sleeps on its mother's back in a barn on a farm in the Wiltshire village of Edington, England, on March 21, 2013. Despite the poor weather the lambing season, which normally runs from February to May, is well under way. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
A man dressed as the Easter Bunny is given a warning by California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Griffiths in La Mesa, California, on March 31, 2013. The man was stopped on his motorcycle for not wearing a proper safety helmet and because his costume might impair his vision. (Reuters/CHP) #
Spectators watch as participants dance and throw colored chalk during the Holi Festival of Colors at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, on March 30, 2013. According to organizers 50,000 people were expected pack the temple grounds to celebrate Holi, the passing of winter to spring, and throw colorful powder throughout the day. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A vehicle plies between walls of snow after the Srinagar-Leh highway opened to traffic in Zojila, 108 km (67 mi) east of Srinagar, on April 6, 2013. The 443 km-long highway was opened by Indian army authorities for traffic on Saturday after remaining snowbound at Zojila Pass, 3,530 meters (11,581 feet) above sea level, for the past six months. The pass connects Kashmir with the Buddhist-dominated Ladakh region, a tourist destination known for its monasteries, landscapes and mountains. (Reuters/Danish Ismail) #
A buttercup (Eranthis hyemalis) blossoms through the spring snow in the "Gardens of the World" in Berlin, on March 27, 2013. (Soeren Stache/AFP/Getty Images) #
A swan swims in the early spring sun at the inner city harbor in Berlin, on March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) #
A Cherry tree in bloom at Scott circle in downtown Washington, D.C., on April 08, 2013. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images) #
People photograph frozen branches at the Afsluitdijk in Den Oever, Netherlands, on March 23, 2013. (Catrinus Van Der Veen/AFP/Getty Images) #
A steeplejack clears snow and icicles from a roof in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, on March 27, 2013. Kiev came to life after record-breaking snow that blanketed the capital and other parts of the country over the weekend. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images) #
The passenger ship "Soderarm" heads in a channel cut through the ice by an icebreaker to the jetty of the island Husaro in the Stockholm archipelago in Sweden, on April 5, 2013. According to the Swedish Metereological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), the ice coverage in the Baltic was the thickest and most extensive ever on record. (Reuters/Anders Wiklund/Scanpix Sweden) #
Swans fly over the frozen Strela Sound at the Baltic Sea port of Stralsund, Germany, on April 2, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Stefan Sauer) #
A Kashmiri woman walks in a tulip garden on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Mukhtar Khan) #
A tree with snow near the Imperial Ancestral Temple following overnight snowfall on March 20, 2013 in Beijing, China. Beijing witnessed a heavy spring snowfall with a depth reaching 10-17 centimeters overnight. (Feng Li/Getty Images) #
Newborn lambs huddle under heat lamps at Gwndwnwal Farm on April 1, 2013 in Brecon, Wales. Dai Brute runs Gwndwnwal Farm in Llan-Talyllyn, with his wife Dulcie Brute and son Paul Brute. The recent cold snap has meant that farmers have had to continue feeding their sheep long into the period when they would normally be able to survive on grass in more mild weather. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images) #
Spring flowers bloom inside the Great Glasshouse at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on March 5, 2013 near Carmarthen, Wales. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
A hare cowers in the snow on March 21, 2013 in a field near Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Falla burns during the last day of the Las Fallas Festival on March 20, 2013 in Valencia, Spain. The Fallas festival, which runs from March 15 until March 19, celebrates the arrival of spring with fireworks, fiestas and bonfires of large puppets named Ninots. (David Ramos/Getty Images) #
Daffodils, with the London Eye seen behind them, after days of wintery weather, in central London, on April 6, 2013. (Reuters/Luke MacGregor) #
Belarussian people take part in a Slavic "Spring welcome" festival in the village of Viazynka, about 40km (25 miles) northwest of Minsk, on March 23, 2013. (Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko) #
An Afghan boy sells balloons during a gathering to celebrate the Afghan New Year (Nawroz) in Kabul, on March 21, 2013. Nawroz, also known as Persian New Year, is observed during the March equinox, marking the first day of spring. (Reuters/Mohammad Ismail) #
People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, on March 24, 2013. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images) #
Raindrops hang on to Crocuses at Kew Gardens on March 1, 2013 in Kew, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Children play under a rainbow tarp on a warm, spring day in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2013. (Reuters/Gary Cameron) #
Spring flowers bloom among gravestones in a church yard in Knutsford, northern England, on March 19, 2013. (Reuters/Phil Noble) #
Volker Kraft decorates a tree with around 10,000 Easter eggs in a garden in Saalfeld, Germany, on March 19, 2013. The retired couple Christa and Volker Kraft have been decorating their tree at Easter for more than forty years. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) #
A woman gestures during a sun salutation, on the beach in Nice, southeastern France, on March 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) #
Visitors ride a boat in the Chidorigafuchi moat covered with petals of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, on April 1, 2013. (Reuters/Toru Hanai) #
A young man and woman enjoy the sun and spring-like temperatures on a pier at Lake Starnberg in Niederpoecking near Munich, Germany, on March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Andreas Gebert) #
Lightning steaks across the sky behind the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Alabama, on March 18, 2013. Strong storms moved across much of Alabama on Monday, bringing hail, high winds, and heavy rainfall as a cold front passed through the state. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) #
A woman and child pose for another photographer, under the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin that are starting to bloom, Friday, April 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The blossoms are blooming a little later than expected due to the unseasonably cool weather. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
A woman sits on a park bench and enjoys the sunny spring day in Mainz, Germany, on March 5, 2013. (Fredrik Von Erichsen/AFP/Getty Images) #

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