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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

NATURE'S AUTUMN BEAUTY

NATURE'S AUTUMN BEAUTY
 
Autumn is here in  the northern hemisphere of earth. This year, the full moon and the autumnal equinox happened on the same day, for the first time in 19 years. Evenings now come sooner and the air cools more quickly, leaves are beginning to change, crops are being harvested, harvest festivals are being held, and animals and nomads are on the move to their winter grounds. Collected here are a handful of recent images of early autumn around the northern half of our world.
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A maple tree shows its fall colors on Friday, September 17th, 2010, in Woodstock, Maine. A vast network of county foresters, volunteers and others contribute their observations to state tourism officials, who in turn work up "foliage forecasts" published online and elsewhere to let leaf-peepers know where to find the best fall foliage.

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The moon rises into view over the Chugach Mountains in this view from the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in Anchorage, Alaska.

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Bunches of Tinta Barroca grapes on the vine at the Quinta dos Malvedos estate, owned by Symington Family Estates, in Vila Real, near Porto, Portugal, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

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Sergey Solovyov, director of Agrostroy farm, inspects wheat in a field, some 450 km (280 mi) south of Barnaul city in the Altai region of Russia on September 22, 2010. Russia, devastated by a severe drought, had harvested 55 million tons of grain by September 22, down 32 percent from a year ago.

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Tree branches covered with changing, multi-colored leaves of fall are seen below a partly cloudy sky in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010..

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The Space Needle, a passing ferry boat, and a U.S. Coast Guard boat are seen through fog over Elliott Bay, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Seattle, Washington.

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Giant lanterns are displayed as part of Mid-autumn festival celebration at a park in Hong Kong on September 22, 2010. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar; a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is at its fullest.

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A child wearing traditional clothes guides cows during the so-called Desalpe in Charmey near Bulle, Switzerland on September 25, 2010. The Desalpe is the customary annual procession when cows are led back to the plain at the beginning of autumn after grazing during the summer months on mountain pastures.

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Two cows traditionally decorated for the "Desalpe" are pictured in Charmey, Switzerland on September 25, 2010.

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Pumpkins are presented in the German city of Hassloch on September 12, 2010. The town was hosting a competition to find the best pumpkins.

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Inge Schrimps paddles in a hollowed-out pumpkin across a lake on September 19, 2010 in Ludwigsburg, Germany during the annual Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival at Ludwigsburg Castle.

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Geese fly just after sunrise Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, the last day of summer, in Portland, Oregon.

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Elliott Cely, 2, of Portland, plays in a pumpkin patch at the Rasmussen Farms Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Hood River, Oregon.

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Cattle graze in a meadow on a misty morning - the first day of autumn - in Kirchberg, in the Austrian province of Tyrol on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010.

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Kashmiri women and men gather rice stalks into bundles in a field on the outskirts of Srinagar on September 26, 2010. In order to harvest Kashmir's 374,000-acre rice crop, the field is drained of water to allow the harvesters access.


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A seasonal worker tears down hop tendrils from the suspension wires near Aigslbach, Germany, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010. The Bavarian region Hallertau, north of Munich is seen as the world's biggest hops-producing area.

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Autumn leaves behind a Farmstead in Muncy Valley, Sullivan County, Pennsylvania on September 26th, 2010.

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Ringmaster Vernon Bergman, reveals the weight of a 20 foot wide, 3,699 pound pumpkin pie on Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 - one that will be the worlds largest once certified by Guinness World Records. The giant pie was baked in New Bremen, Ohio and sponsored by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers during the town's annual Pumpkinfest. The massive pie took over thirteen hours to bake in a specially made oven.

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A Kashmiri nomad carries a sheep on his shoulders in Srinagar on September 25, 2010. The nomads travel with their livestock and trek through the state's rugged mountain terrain to reach pastures where they spend the summer months in the mountains and the winter in the shelter of valleys.

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A hawk perched on a tree at the edge of Randleman Lake is framed by the harvest moon, near Branson Davis Road in Randolph County, North Carolina, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.

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Pinot Noir grapes for Robert Sinskey Vineyards are picked in the Carneros region of Sonoma, California on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010. Picking for this year's harvest is several weeks later than normal due to an unseasonably cool and mild summer.

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Wine is mixed at the Quinta do Bomfim estate, owned by Symington Family Estates, in Pinhao, near Porto, Portugal, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.

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The changing colors and patterns of a leaf are seen in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.

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Rain drops fall into a Koi pond at the Japanese Garden, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in Portland, Oregon.

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A deer stands among trees and bushes in the mountains in Utah on September 24th, 2010.
 

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A Slovak farmer uses a horse-drawn plow as farmers harvest potatoes using traditional methods while they work on their field in the village of Spisske Podhradie, Slovakia on September 20, 2010. The Spissky Hrad castle is seen in the background.

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A team corrals the cranberry harvest in a bog in Hanson, Massachusetts owned by Kravtiz Cranberries.

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Artists wearing Belarusian national dresses hold traditional sheaves as they meet participants at a national festival marking the end of harvest collection in the town of Lida, 150 km (93 mi) west of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.

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A visitor to a park in Berlin enjoys some of the last of this year's warm sun at the beginning of autumn on September 23, 2010 in Berlin as temperatures reached 20 degrees Celsius.

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Brian Chittenden harvests corn at his family's Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, New York on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010.

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Danny Bolton heads out for a day of fishing on the Lake Worth Pier, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 in Lake Worth, Florida.

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Georgian men carry freshly-harvested grapes to a press at a farm near the town of Gurjaani, 110 kms east of the capital Tbilisi, on September 22, 2010. Gurjaani located in the Georgian region of Kakheti is one of the centers of Georgia's wine industry.

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Storm clouds blow across the sky as the rain starts to fall in a three second exposure made in a pumpkin field in Benton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 22, 2010, just as a violent storm hit the region.

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A man walks on a path as fog rises over the lake at Gray's Lake Park in Des Moines, Iowa on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

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Fall colors just begin to appear in the trees in the evening light at Water Tank Hollow Vista in Susquehannock State Forest, Potter County, Pennsylvania on September 18th, 2010.




Spectacular mountains of North Carolina in Autumn

North Carolina's mountains are looking spectacular as the peak of fall color approaches.
watch these colors of autumn

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