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Early spring scenes of 2012

A bee collects nectar from a blossom in Gimmeldingen, Germany on March 15.

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Busy bees

A bee burrows its head inside a blossom to collect nectar on March 15 in Gimmeldingen, Germany.

 

Winter proved to be unusually mild for most of the United States and extremely arctic for most of western Europe; now that spring has arrived (several weeks early), many people are wondering what tricks Mother Nature still has up her sleeve. (Text: Caitlin Leary)