Spring 2014 in the northern hemisphere - Photos

Spring was welcomed in the northern hemisphere this week after a long, cold winter for many. The temperatures and visual cues of spring are not omnipresent for all regions, but for some around the world, beauty abounds. Here are some photos of the first moments of spring in the northern hemisphere countries, hope you enjoy.

A Palestinian man and his daughter pick wild mustard flowers

A Palestinian man and his daughter pick wild mustard flowers which grow in untilled fields across the Gaza Strip, on March 20, as the official start of spring is marked by the by the Vernal Equinox.

Photo: MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

Japanese plum blossoms in full bloom in Isumi city

Japanese plum blossoms in full bloom in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, March 4. The plum blossom, which is a popular subject of traditional painting in East Asia, originates from China, and was brought to Japan and Korea later.

Photo: Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

A warm winter day in Madrid

A man rides his bicycle under almond blossoms in a park during a warm winter day in Madrid, March 19.

Photo: Sergio Perez/Reuters

A daffodil blossoms on a meadow in Cologne, Germany

A daffodil blossoms on a meadow in Cologne, Germany, March 7.

Photo: HENNING KAISER/EPA

The eartquake striken island of Cephalonia, Greece

An almond tree blossoms on mountain Ainos of the eartquake striken island of Cephalonia, Greece, February 6. The blossom of almond tree is a sign of the arrival of spring.

Photo: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA

Eiffel Tower in the warm spring weather in Paris, France

Cherry blossoms bloom against the Eiffel Tower in the warm spring weather in Paris, France, March 9. Sunny conditions with temperatures close to 20 degrees Celsius are forecasted for the French capital.

Photo: IAN LANGSDON/EPA

Raindrops sit on crocus blossoms in a park in Munich, Germany

Raindrops sit on crocus blossoms in a park in Munich, Germany, February 21.

Photo: SVEN HOPPE/EPA

Great Garden in Dresden, Germany

A woman takes pictures with a mobile phone blossoms of crocuses and winter aconites in the Great Garden in Dresden, Germany, February 26

Photo: JAN WOITAS/EPA

Botanical Garden in Berlin, Germany

People sit in front of blossoming crocuses in the Botanical Garden in Berlin, Germany, March 10. Germany is currently enjoying the highest temperatures on record for the month of March.

Photo: Britta Pedersen/EPA

A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom

A bee collects pollen from an almond blossom on March 14, in Gimmeldingen, southwestern Germany.

Photo: UWE ANSPACH/AFP/Getty Images

A boy plays in the Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

A boy plays in the Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, March 20. Spring officially began on Thursday in the northern hemisphere, and is known as both the spring or vernal equinox.

Photo: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Japanese plum blossoms in full bloom in Isumi city

Japanese plum blossoms in full bloom in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, March 4. The ripening of the fruit in June coincides with the rainy season in Japan, which is called 'plum rains'.

Photo: Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Turtles sun themselves on a log March 20, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC

Turtles sun themselves on a log March 20, at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC. Balmy temperatures are making for a great first day of spring.

Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Peach trees in blossom in the spot La Macetua

General view of several peach trees in blossom in the spot La Macetua, Murcia, eastern Spain, February 20, a spectacle in 40,000 hectares of wooded.

Photo: MARCIAL GUILLEN/EPA

A bumblebee sits in a crocus blossom in Oldenburg

A bumblebee sits in a crocus blossom in Oldenburg, Germany, March 7.

Photo: CARMEN JASPERSEN/EPA

A boy runs amid field mustard

A boy runs amid field mustard, symbolic flower to herald the start of spring, in full blossom at a park in Tokyo, Japan, March 19.

Photo: KIMIMASA MAYAMA/EPA

Jasne Blonie park

Blooming crocuses are seen at the Jasne Blonie park on a first day of the astronomical Spring in Szczecin, Poland, March 20.

Photo: MARCIN BIELECKI/EPA

Spring flowers blossom on a meadow in Potsdam

Spring flowers blossom on a meadow in Potsdam, Germany, March 21

Photo: Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Peach tree blossoms bloom in the valleys

Peach tree blossoms bloom in the valleys below the Mont Canigou mountain near Perpignan, southern France, on March 7.

Photo: RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images

Robins feed on staghorn sumac on a tree

Robins feed on staghorn sumac on a tree in North Adams, Mass., March, 20. While the sight of robins have often been linked to the beginning of spring as some travel south for the winter, many of the birds are actually seen throughout the winter in the Northeast.

Photo: Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via Associated Press

Island of Cyprus

A prematurely blossoming almond tree is seen in a field near Krini village in the Turkish occupied area of the north part of the island of Cyprus, Feb. 14.

Photo: Petros Karadjias/Associated Press

Peach blossom flowers

A woman carries a branch of peach blossom flowers for sale at a field in Hanoi, January 24. The peach blossom is believed to bring luck to families.

Photo: Kham/Reuters

A bee flies towards a cherry blossom

A bee flies towards a cherry blossom in sunny spring weather in Maienfeld, Switzerland, March 12.

Photo: ARNO BALZARINI/EPA

A woman walks through blossom

A woman walks through blossom in a park on March 13, in Sevastopol, Ukraine.

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

White flowers bloom on a tree in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden

White flowers bloom on a tree in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden in Washington, March 20, on the first day of spring.

Photo: Alex Brandon/Associated Press

The river Rhine bank in Duesseldorf, Germany

A slackline walker enjoys the sunny and warm weather in a park at the river Rhine bank in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 20.

Photo: Frank Augstein/Associated Press

Source: boston.com