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Fall Is in the Air

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The autumnal equinox took place on September 22, marking the end of summer and the start of fall across the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, people are beginning to feel a crisp chill in the evening air, leaves are reaching peak color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are some early images from this year's autumn -- more will come later as the season unfolds. [30 photos]

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Four year old William Orton of Harrogate leans on a giant pumpkin during the first day at the Autumn flower show in Harrogate, northern England, on September 13, 2013. The annual three day event features show gardens, flower displays, Giant vegetables, expert gardening and cooking advice and demonstrations. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis)
Four year old William Orton of Harrogate leans on a giant pumpkin during the first day at the Autumn flower show in Harrogate, northern England, on September 13, 2013. The annual three day event features show gardens, flower displays, Giant vegetables, expert gardening and cooking advice and demonstrations. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis)
Foliage is at peak in the Crawford Notch area of New Hampshire's White Mountains, as seen in this view of Frankenstein Cliff, viewed from the 3,119 ft. summit of Mt. Crawford on October 5, 2013. (© Ken MacGray) #
The leaves of the wild Boston wild wine in autumn color are seen in Potsdam, Germany, on September 19, 2013. (Ralf Hirschberger/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Red Grouse stands in the heather at sunrise near Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors in Pickering, England, on September 26, 2013. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
Apples wait to be picked in an orchard at Stocks Farm in Suckley, near Worcester in Worcestershire, England, on October 8, 2013. According to English Apples and Pears, the fruit growers' trade association, the unusual combination of a late spring and hot summer has made this year's English crop the latest for a generation. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images) #
Bavarian farmers transport their cows on a boat over the picturesque Lake Koenigssee, on October 5, 2013. 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. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #
A couple rope jumps from a 44-meter high (144-ft high) waterpipe bridge in the Siberian Taiga area outside Krasnoyarsk, on September 29, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Two deer clash antlers during a misty morning in Richmond Park, south west London, on September 27, 2013. (Reuters/Toby Melville) #
A black cat strolls over a pile of pumpkins at a farm near Potsdam, Germany, on September 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Ralf Hirschberger) #
A child dresses as a werewolf at the Shocktober Fest at Tulleys Farm on October 5, 2013 near Crawley, West Sussex. Each October thousands attend the United Kingdom's biggest Halloween themed attraction which includes six different haunted attractions and rides. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Young vampires take part in a world record attempt at the Shocktober Fest at Tulleys Farm near Crawley, West Sussex, on October 5, 2013. The event set a new UK record for the biggest gathering of vampires, but missed out on breaking the world record. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) #
Storks fly over the border between Turkey and Syria, as they prepare to migrate above Hatay, on September 1, 2013. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images) #
Wheat, in a field of a Yubileiny private farm near the village of Lakino, some 95 km (59 miles) north of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on September 24, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Sunlight highlights colorful Aspen trees as it shines through the clouds during a snowstorm on October 4, 2013, near Vail, Colorado. (AP Photo/Vail Resorts, Andrew Taylor) #
Peter Glazebrook of Newark poses with his first prize giant onion during the first day at the Autumn flower show in Harrogate, England, on September 13, 2013. (Reuters/Nigel Roddis) #
Oktoberfest waitresses hold sparklers while celebrating the end of the world's biggest beer festival, the 180th Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany, on October 6, 2013. (Reuters/Michaela Rehle) #
A tourist (lower left) climbs on the rock named "The First Stolb" (the First Pillar) at the Stolby national nature reserve outside Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on October 2, 2013. Picturesque rocky blocks rising above the Taiga draw attention of tourists from all over Russia and abroad. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #
Elizabeth Smith holds grapes as work begins at the start of the first grape harvest this year at Ryedale Vineyards in Malton, England, on September 28, 2013. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) #
A grape harvester walks through a steep field crossed by a small monorail (used to haul grapes and equipment) in the village of Manarola, in Italy's "Cinque Terre" region, on September 23, 2013. (Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images) #
The sun shines through leaves on September 20, 2013 in Berlin, Vermont. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) #
Early morning fog enshrouds Tower Bridge in London, England, on September 24, 2013. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images) #
Visitors Kathrin and her daughter Sophie walk past a display meant to look like the Matterhorn and decorated entirely with 30,000 locally-grown pumpkins and squash at the Spargelhof Buschmann & Winkelmann farm in Klaistow, Germany, on October 1, 2013. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #
Mariah Evans, 16, from Riverside, eats a deep fried turkey leg at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, California, on September 4, 2013. (Reuters/Lucy Nicholson) #
Mist lies in a valley near Goathland in the North Yorkshire Moors at sunrise in Pickering, England, on September 26, 2013. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) #
A Kew Gardens employee creates a display with pumpkins at Kew Gardens, west of London, on October 2, 2013. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images) #
Storm clouds pass over a soybean field on October 2, 2013 near Salem, South Dakota. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) #
Tourists and Venetians stand on walkways during the first "Acqua Alta" of the season in Venice, Italy, on October 7, 2013. The high tide, or acqua alta as it is locally known, is a natural event most commonly affecting the city during Autumn and Winter. (Marco Secchi/Getty Images) #
Hoarfrost covers leaves in the village of Zabar, 137 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, on October 4, 2013. The country reached a new record low for the day, of minus 9.4 degrees in Zabar, more than 4 degrees lower than the previous daily record. (AP Photo/MTI, Peter Komka) #
A bull elk makes its way through a corn field during the harvest at Kenison Farms in Levan, Utah, on October 5, 2013. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
A combine harvests wheat on private farm near the village of Lakino, Russia, on September 24, 2013. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin) #

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