The Northern Hemisphere once more begins its tilt towards the Sun, awakening flowers, ushering in new life, and coaxing people outdoors once again. The changing of the season is easily observed in gardens, parks, zoos, farms, festivals and more. Collected here are a handful of photographs showing signs of Spring, 2010, as the final remnants of last winter start to melt away.
People blow bubbles during a flash mob at Piazza del Popolo in central Rome on March 21, 2010 to welcome a spring.
284 Sydneysiders participate in the annual free Gumtree Community Yoga Class at Bondi Beach on April 1, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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In this handout photo provided by Disney, the sunrise over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom creates a multi-colored effect in the sky as the sun shines through the trail left after Space Shuttle Discovery launched from nearby Cape Canaveral on April 5, 2010 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. At 6:21 a.m. EDT, Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canveral, Florida with the crew of STS-131.
Kent Phillips/Disney via Getty Images
A woman enjoys the warm spring-like weather on a bench at the lakeside of the frozen lake Zeller See in Zell am See in the Austrian province of Salzburg, March 18.
Kerstin Joensson | AP Photo
Two men toast with beers as they sit on the terrace of a cafe in downtown Essen, western Germany, on March 18.
Clemens Bilan | AFP/Getty Images
Dwayne Braffit (R) and Dan Velez play table tennis, March 18.
Mario Tama | Getty Images
A stink bug crawls on newly-blossomed bright yellow crocuses, March 18, in Newtown, Pa.
Mel Evans | AP Photo
People gather in Bryant Park in New York City.
Mario Tama | Getty Images
A five-week-old Chinchilla rabbit nibbles grass at a rabbit farm in Moosburg north of Munich March 22, 2010. The rabbits at the farm are bred to compete in rabbit shows.
Michaela Rehle | REUTERS
A lamb is given shelter from cold weather in the kitchen of a farm house near Cushendun, County Antrim, Northern Ireland on April 2, 2010. Severe weather in Northern Ireland has resulted in farmers losing large numbers of newly born lambs and thousands of homes left without electricity.
Cathal McNaughton | REUTERS
In this March 21, 2010 photo, Avery Smith, 23, of White River Junction, Vt., makes her first attempt at pond skimming during the the fourth annual end of season Junk Show at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, New Hampshire.
Jason Johns | AP Photo/Valley News
Anya Deutsch, almost 3 years old, keeps up with her sister Elsa in an Easter egg hunt at their grandparents house on April 4th, 2010 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The two wore rubber rain boots because the ground was still wet and spongy from recent rains.
Suzanne Kreiter | Globe staff
Iraqi Kurds celebrate the Nowruz spring festival with fireworks in the Kurdish town of Akra in Iraq's Mosul region, 500 kms north of Baghdad, on March 20, 2010. The Persian new year, which coincides with the vernal (Spring) equinox, is a Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds.
SAFIN HAMED | AFP/Getty Images
A butterfly lands on the nose of Meaun White, 10, at the Krohn Conservatory on April 17 in Mt. Adams, Ohio.
Boys, standing on the top of an abandoned pier, prepare to jump into the water during Holy Week holiday in a beach in Puerto San Jose, some 60 km south of Guatemala City, April 3.
Rodrigo Abd | AP Photo
Sophie Olson makes her way through the tulip fields of the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn, Oregon on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The 25th Anniversary Tulip Fest opened Thursday March 25 and will run through April 25.
The Oregonian, Ross William Hamilton | AP Photo
A tourist uses her Blackberry to snap a picture of the cherry blossoms as she tours the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, April 1, 2010 during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
JIM WATSON/AFP | Getty Images
A man reaches for a flower in a field at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California on March 29, 2010.
GABRIEL BOUYS | AFP/Getty Images
A group of tourists watch as a gray whales emerges from the water at the San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico on February 28, 2010. A small-scale whale-sightseeing industry was developed in the remote spot of San Ignacio Lagoon, off Mexico's northwest Baja California peninsula, where gray whales breed and nurse their calves each year after migrating thousands of miles from Canada and Alaska.
OMAR TORRES | AFP/Getty Images
Honey the reindeer keeps a close eye on her newly born calf at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Fairbanks, Alaska on April 1, 2010. The 17-pound male, whose name will be determined by submitted suggestions, is the first reindeer birth of the year.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, John Wagner | AP Photo
A bumblebee is dusted with pollen as it collects nectar from a flower in one of Kiev's parks on March 31, 2010 during a warm spring sunny day in Ukraine.
SERGEI SUPINSKY | AFP/Getty Images
A hummingbird rests on a tree branch as it looks out over some 50 acres of giant tecolote ranunculus flowers at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California March 10, 2010.
Mike Blake | REUTERS
Nuns throw flowers during a procession in a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, Spain, Sunday, April 4, 2010.
Manu Fernandez | AP Photo
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama plants seedlings with schoolchildren from Bancroft and Hollin Meadows Elementary Schools during the annual Spring Garden Planting event held in the White House Kitchen Garden March 31, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama sponsors the event to teach children the importance of eating healthy foods and to encourage children to spend time outdoors.
Win McNamee | Getty Images
A Kashmiri woman carries mustard flowers on her head at Kakpora village, 28 miles (45 km) south of Srinagar, India, Friday, April 2, 2010.
Mukhtar Khan | AP Photo
Twin four-month-old brown bear cubs play in a public bear park in Bern, Switzerland on April 4, 2010.
Michael Buholzer | REUTERS
A female Osprey and one of her three chicks are seen against the backdrop of the NASA logo on the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center, Saturday, April 3, 2010, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Terry Renna | AP Photo
A family looks at pictures on their camera as they stand under cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, Japan on April 4, 2010.
Toru Hanai | REUTERS
Melissa, a lamb born on March 21, one of several baby animals the public can meet at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts, is photographed on Saturday, April 3rd.
Paul Cary Goldberg | Boston Globe