Spring Around the World
After a long winter that couldn’t seem to decide if it actually wanted to be winter, it’s finally safe to say that spring has sprung. While March 20th marked the official start of spring this year, today we’re visiting a few destinations around the world to celebrate all that this new season represents: change, growth, fresh beginnings, nature, colour, and life.
Each Spring, adventurers from around the world travel to Japan to witness canopies of blush-coloured cherry blossoms at peak bloom. While there are many ways to enjoy the Japanese flowers, exploring Maruyama Park in Kyoto or Inokashira Park in Tokyo on foot are two of our top picks.
Each spring, icebergs of all shapes and sizes arrive from the Arctic along the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. While it’s an incredible experience to see these enormous islands of ice floating in the sea, they are also an important reminder of the severity of climate change. Experts estimate that an average of 700 icebergs float into the North Atlantic each year; over 600 have already made their way down in the first four months of 2017.
Tulips are undoubtedly the quintessential spring flower. As winter fades away in the Netherlands, the sign of tulips sprouting marks the unofficial start of the new season. Experiencing the endless rows of brightly coloured tulips has become a top contender on most travellers’ bucket lists. Luckily for us, the tulip fields are just a short train ride from most of Holland’s major cities, such as Amsterdam or Rotterdam.
India and Nepal
While colour is a recurring theme in our images, India and Nepal may offer the most vibrant spring of all. Holi, a Hindu festival, signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring, and the victory of good over evil. Crowds of people gather on the streets to celebrate love, fertility, and the triumph of good under clouds of coloured powder.
For a month each year, New Zealand’s South Island is covered by a blanket of lupins. Legend has it that a farmer’s wife wanted to bring colour to the region, so for years she she secretly spread lupin seeds each spring.
Hundreds of storks can be spotted on top of walls and buildings during the spring in Morocco, as well as sub-Saharan Africa. At this time of year, you’ll catch these large birds preparing to begin the long flight north to enjoy the summer in Europe.
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