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The first signs of spring
Although winter isn't officially over until 20 March, it seems the weather is already changing
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2013 09:09

Over the past week, the temperatures have been creeping higher across many parts of Europe.

Nature appears to believe that winter is over.


Sven Hoppe /EPA
Bees are already hovering above crocuses at the botanical gardens of Loki Schmidt Garden in Hamburg, Germany.


Julian Stratenschulte /EPA
Now the weather has improved, more people are out on Maschsee Lake in Hanover, Germany.


Arie Kievit/EPA
A farmer in the Netherlands let this happy little lamb out of his barn to play in the sunshine.


Andreas Gebert/EPA
The waters of Lake Starnberg near Niederpoecking, Germany, glitter in the sunshine.


Patrick Pleul/EPA
For many years, this stork has been one of the first of its species to arrive in Bad Freienwalde, Germany, after the long winter.


Patrick Pleul/AFP
The trees have begun to blossom in Rangsdorf, Germany.


Thomas Lohnes/Getty
A paraglider sails from Nebelhorn mountain in Oberstdorf, Germany as the snow begins to melt.


Marius Becker/EPA
The sun sets behind wind turbines in Bedburg, Germany.


Daniel Naupold/EPA
Although the first signs of spring have been seen, there is still a long way to go, as these naked trees in Neuss, Germany, will testify. 


Despite the recent warmth, there are signs that next week will turn colder across Europe once more.

It seems it's not quite time to pack away the winter gear just yet.


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Bees are already hovering above crocuses at the botanical gardens of Loki Schmidt Garden in Hamburg, Germany.;*;Now the weather has improved, more people are out on Maschsee Lake in Hanover, Germany.;*;A farmer in the Netherlands let this happy little lamb out of his barn to play in the sunshine.;*;The waters of Lake Starnberg near Niederpoecking, Germany, glitter in the sunshine.;*;For many years, this stork has been one of the first of its species to arrive in Bad Freienwalde, Germany, after the long winter. ;*;The trees have begun to blossom in Rangsdorf, Germany. ;*;A paraglider sails from Nebelhorn mountain in Oberstdorf, Germany as the snow begins to melt.;*;The sun sets behind wind turbines in Bedburg, Germany. ;*;Although the first signs of spring have been seen, there is still a long way to go, as these naked trees in Neuss, Germany, will testify. Daylife ID:
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Bees are already hovering above crocuses at the botanical gardens of Loki Schmidt Garden in Hamburg, Germany.

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Bees are already hovering above crocuses at the botanical gardens of Loki Schmidt Garden in Hamburg, Germany.

Spring weather begins to bloom
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Now the weather has improved, more people are out on Maschsee Lake in Hanover, Germany.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=0aTF7ESf8V5vgJulian Stratenschulte EPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

Now the weather has improved, more people are out on Maschsee Lake in Hanover, Germany.

Basking in the sunlight
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A farmer in the Netherlands let this happy little lamb out of his barn to play in the sunshine.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:36:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=09Ux2HHgq2e7fArie KievitEPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

A farmer in the Netherlands let this happy little lamb out of his barn to play in the sunshine.

Happy as Larry
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The waters of Lake Starnberg near Niederpoecking, Germany, glitter in the sunshine.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=0btf1hK0mb3E7Andreas GebertEPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

The waters of Lake Starnberg near Niederpoecking, Germany, glitter in the sunshine.

Getting to the point
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For many years, this stork has been one of the first of its species to arrive in Bad Freienwalde, Germany, after the long winter.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=00rJetIeCXgQTPatrick PleulEPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

For many years, this stork has been one of the first of its species to arrive in Bad Freienwalde, Germany, after the long winter.

Spring weather flies in
Spring blossomshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=04rFfpFgUecQk

The trees have begun to blossom in Rangsdorf, Germany.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=04rFfpFgUecQkPatrick PleulAFPAl Jazeera Upload Images

The trees have begun to blossom in Rangsdorf, Germany.

Spring blossoms
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A paraglider sails from Nebelhorn mountain in Oberstdorf, Germany as the snow begins to melt.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=09mB7ZD3O2bE9Thomas LohnesGettyAl Jazeera Upload Images

A paraglider sails from Nebelhorn mountain in Oberstdorf, Germany as the snow begins to melt.

A bird's eye view
Wind Turbineshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=04Edb4lf3Vgrl

The sun sets behind wind turbines in Bedburg, Germany.

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=04Edb4lf3VgrlMarius BeckerEPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

The sun sets behind wind turbines in Bedburg, Germany.

Wind Turbines
Trees are still barehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=049PcUYeos2XD

Although the first signs of spring have been seen, there is still a long way to go, as these naked trees in Neuss, Germany, will testify. 

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 06:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1362638966069?image_id=049PcUYeos2XDDaniel NaupoldEPAAl Jazeera Upload Images

Although the first signs of spring have been seen, there is still a long way to go, as these naked trees in Neuss, Germany, will testify. 

Trees are still bare


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