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April 9, 2009
Images of spring
Enjoy these pictures of spring arriving around the world. (19 images)

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A sure sign of spring is the first drop of sap from the sugarbush at Saint Johns University. It began flowing last weekend after about 800 trees were tapped by students and volunteers led by Brother Walter Kieffer. Since 1942 the Maples at Saint Johns have been producing syrup for use on campus. MCT / Minneapolis Star Tribune / Brian Peterson


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Lightning strikes behind the Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio, on Thursday, April 2. AP / Port Clinton News Herald / Jonathon Bird



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Golf players leave traces in the green covered with morning thaw on April 9, 2009 at a golf course in Bad Toelz, southern Germany. Meteorologists forecast that spring will bring a warm and sunny Easter weekend to wide parts of the country. AFP / Getty Images / Joerg Koch



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Recently hatched ducklings enjoy the spring weather and sunshine at the Slimbridge Wetlands Wildlfire Centre on April 8, near Dursley, England. Many species of bird are beginning to hatch at the wildlife centre in Slimbridge, which is home to a array of wildlife including the world's largest collection of swans, geese and ducks, as it recovers from one of the coldest winters on recent record. Getty Images / Matt Cardy



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Cherry blossoms are full bloomed on a promenade alongside a river, while petals flow on a river, in Tokyo at a sunny spring day on April 9. Viewing of the cherry blossoms is a national pastime and cultural event in Japan, where millions of people turn out to admire the blossoms. AFP / Getty Images / Yshikazu Tsuno



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People row boats as they enjoy warm spring weather under the canopy of the cherry blossoms at the Imperial Palace moat in Tokyo, Japan, Friday, April 3. AP / Itsuo Inouye



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Seventh Street and jockey Rajiv Maragh (3) cross the finish line to win the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday, April 4. AP / David Quinn



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People do chores at a dairy farm in the village Pesochnoe, 95 km south-west of Minsk, on April 6, 2009. Spring has sprung and the largely agrarian nation of Belarus will soon be planting crops. AFP / Getty Images / Viktor Drachev



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Workers clean a fountain prior it switching on after a long winter break during a warm spring day on Independence Square in Kiev on April 8. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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A Chinese bee farmer works at a field in Hefei, eastern China's Anhui province on April 7. Bee keepers are harvesting the honey as flowers start to bloom in Spring. AFP/ Getty Images



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Two people sit on a bench behind daffodils in a park in the western German city of Dortmund on April 7. Summer weather continues in Germany with temperatures reaching above 20 degrees Celsius. AFP / Getty Images / Philipp Guelland



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Swans swim on the river Alster in Hamburg, northern Germany, on Monday, April 6. It has been a tradition since 1674 to round up the Alster swans and keep them under cover until the spring. AP / Axel Heimken



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A young boy dives in sea water to beat the summer heat in Mumbai, India, Friday, April 3. AP / Rajanish Kakade



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Hindu devotees take a dip in River Ganges and pray on full moon day at Phaphamau, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, April 9. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh



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A man cycles past trees silhouetted by the sun on the coast of the Boden Lake near the southern German town of Uhldingen on April 6. Summer weather continues in Germany with temperatures reaching about 20 degrees Celsius. AFP / Getty Images / Sascha Schuermann



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The crescent moon sets behind Berlin's television tower on early Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Meteorologist forecast that the high pressure should bring mild temperatures for Berlin and Brandenburg. AP / Gero Breloer



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A deer jumps over an irrigation canal in a meadow as early morning fog shrouds the area at sunrise Sunday April 5, near the village of Shchorsy, 110 kilometers west of capital Minsk, Belarus. AP / Sergei Grits



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Dawn Bennett Wright holds up her son, Gabriel Wright, 3, to look through a viewing scope toward downtown as the Olympic Mountains are seen behind during a family outing Monday, April 6, in Seattle. Temperatures climbed toward 70 degrees Monday, following sun and temperatures in the 60's over the weekend. The pleasant weather, following an especially cold March, is expected to continue through Tuesday. AP / Elaine Thompson



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