Falling for autumn

Leaves turn and crops are harvested as fall enters full swing.

A girl lights candles inside a cricket ground in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, on the eve of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Nov. 12.

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Girls throw autumn leaves in the air on an embankment of the Yenisei River in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk outside Krasnoyarsk, on Nov. 5.

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An autumn leaf drifts on a puddle in which a cloudy sky is reflected, near Bernbeuren in southern Germany, on Nov. 2.

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People visit a cemetery in Tlacotepec, Puebla State, Mexico on Nov. 2, during the commemoration of Mexico's Day of the Dead. The traditional Mexican holiday honors the dead and is celebrated annually.

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A woman stands near the grave of a relative at San Andres cemetery in Mixquic, on Nov. 2. Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead to pay homage to their dead relatives by preparing meals and decorating the graves as an offering. This tradition is based on pre-Hispanic culture.

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People are disguised as "Catrina," during the celebration of the day of dead in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Nov. 2. La Catrina is the Mexican representation of death, and this year celebrates 100 years of having been created by the Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada.

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Families gather around the graves of their loved ones at the Virgen de Lourdes cemetery in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 1. The Day of the Dead holiday honors the deceased on Nov. 1, coinciding with All Saints' Day. All Souls' Day took place on Nov. 2.

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Youths carry pots of chrysanthemums on Oct. 31, into a cemetery in the central French city of Lyon, on the eve of All Saints' Day. In France, people place chrysanthemums on graves to mark All Saints' Day.

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Children dressed up in costumes for Halloween go trick-or-treating to a house in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 31.

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Dressed as a crab, Jeremiah Smith peeps over the rim of a big silver pot held by his dad Patrick Smith, as they enjoy Halloween festivities, Oct. 31, at Daystar Church in Hartselle, Ala.

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Feli, a Chihuahua, poses as a Thanksgiving turkey at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York City, on Oct. 20. Hundreds of dog owners festooned their pets for the annual event, the largest of its kind in the United States.

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Leaves and flowers are covered with ice crystals in Dresden, Germany, on Oct. 29.

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A sidewalk is covered with the autumn leaves in Stockholm, Sweden, on Oct. 29.

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Dewdrops lay on a fallen leaf in Dresden, Germany, on Oct. 29.

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Autumn colored trees are surrounded by snow-covered trees near the town of Ilmenau, in the southeastern German state of Thuringia, on Oct. 27.

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A dog shakes itself dry on the banks of Faskally Loch near Pitlochry, Scotland, on Oct. 26.

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Autumn trees are reflected in the water of Faskally Loch near Pitlochry, Scotland, on Oct. 26.

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Manhattan and Central Park are seen from the "Top of the Rock" observation deck at Rockefeller Center in New York City, on Oct. 23.

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Colored leaves hang on a tree at the garden of Pillnitz Castle near Dresden, Germany, on Oct. 23.

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Wine grapes with autumn colors are pictured from the ruins of Hohenneuffen castle, on the edge of the Swabian Alps in Neuffen, Germany, on Oct. 19.

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Three-year-old Annie Wood rides her scooter in front of changing autumn leaves in Sheffield Park Gardens near Haywards Heath, England, on Oct. 17.

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Cristina Aguilar, center, walks with her husband Javier Aguilar, granddaughter Enny Valle, far left, and Enny's husband Josh Valle as their 2-year-old grandson, Alessandro Diaz, leads them to a ride at a pumpkin patch amusement park in Las Vegas, on Oct. 17.

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A young deer hides among the autumnal bracken at the National Trust's Dunham Massey park in Knutsford, England, on Oct. 17.

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Fall-colored trees fill a neighborhood in Overland Park, Kan., on Oct. 15.

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A girl runs past drying corn in a village near Gaomi, in eastern China's Shandong province, on Oct. 13.

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A Belarusian employee throws a cabbage near the village Dziagterevka, some three miles from Minsk, Belarus, on Oct. 13.

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A tourist does a handstand under a yellowing tree in Hyde Park in London, England, on Oct. 12.

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Palestinian farmers harvest olive trees on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Salem, near the Jewish settlement of Elone Moreh on Oct. 12. The farmers must pass through a gate, meant to reduce the possibility of friction with Jewish settlers, to pick their olives during harvest. Israeli soldiers keep it open from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Morning clouds lift off the snow-covered summit of Mount Lafayette as the sun hits the colorful leaves in Franconia, N.H., on Oct. 11.

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A gray tree squirrel finds a snack amongst the turning colors of a maple tree in Spokane, Wash., on Oct. 10.


A woman with a leaf blower reflects in the window of a bus stop in Hanover, Germany, on Oct. 9.

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Waitresses dance on tables in a beer tent on the final evening of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, Germany, on Oct. 7.

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A spider crawls on an autumn leaf floating in the water in Kaufbeuren, Germany, on Oct. 6.

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An operator drives a mechanical harvester in a cranberry marsh near Warrens, Wisc., on Oct. 5. According to the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association, Wisconsin is expected to harvest 4.5 million barrels (each barrel is 100 lbs.) in 2012 and produces more than 50 percent of the world's cranberry supply. Nowadays, nearly 33 percent of the U.S. cranberry crop is exported.


A woman walks on the leaf-covered ground in central Minsk, Belarus on Oct. 3.

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Bavarian farmers transport their cattle on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee in fog, on Oct. 3. Before the winter season approaches, the farmers have to drive their cattle down from their Alpine meadows to a narrow valley that can only be reached by boat.

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Lu Zhong, right, and his partner Liu Wangqiang fly a lantern for the Mid-Autumn Festival, before their same-sex public wedding ceremony in Tuorong, in southeast China's Fujian province, on Oct. 1.

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A girl plays with her dog in a forest, at the estate of Mariendaal in Arnhem, The Netherlands on Sept. 30.

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A child hugs a giant pumpkin at the pumpkin weighing in Fuerstenwalde, Germany on Sept. 30. The pumpkin has an estimated weight of about 1100 pounds.

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The harvest moon rises over Sauvie Island, Ore. on Sept. 29. The harvest moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox.

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Leaves along the Androscoggin River are at peak color, on Sept. 28 in Berlin, N.H.

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Farmers harvest rice in their paddy field in Qingtian County, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, on Sept. 28.


Farmer Harald Wenske punts his boat loaded with pumpkins over a small canal near Lehde in the Spreewald region of eastern Germany, on Sept. 25. Wenske's pumpkin field is reachable only by boat. The Spreewald is a touristic biosphere reserve situated 62 miles southeast of Berlin and is known for its more than 200 small channels, with a total length of about 800 miles.

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Revellers reach out for the first beer in the traditional one-liner "Masskrug" beer mugs at the opening day of the Munich Oktoberfest on Sept. 22, at the Theresienwiese in Germany. The world's biggest beer festival runs until Oct. 7.

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Morning fog rises from vineyards near Escherndorf, southern Germany, on Sept. 20.

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A Romanian harvests grapes at Basilescu vineyard in Urlati, 58 miles north of Bucharest, Romania on Sept. 19. Romania is the sixth-largest wine grower in the European Union and its enthusiastic proponents say the aspect of its nearly half-a-million acres of vineyards, unique soil, unusual grapes and inexpensive costs make it a producer to watch.

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A combine harvests rice near Tucker, Ark. on Aug. 16.

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Weightlifter Jonathan Walker from Harrogate, England poses for the media, as he lifts a marrow weighing 119 pounds and 12 ounces—which won the Giant Marrow Class in the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on Sept. 14 in Harrogate. The giant marrow was grown by Peter Glazebrook, from Newark, who won all six classes in the giant vegetable competition, during the show at The Great Yorkshire Showground.

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Local residents sit on a bank of the Yenisei River surrounded by reflection of the Siberian taiga in autumn foliage, south of Krasnoyarsk in Russia, on Sept. 13.

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