22 Stunning Photos Of Spring Flowers Around The World

There are few times of the year more beautiful than spring. As the weather warms up, green fields and budding trees transform into bright, colorful expanses of daisies, wildflowers, and roses. From the blushing cherry blossoms that dot Japan’s fields to the vibrant tulip fields that bring vivid color to Holland’s lush landscapes, spring flowers are one of the world’s greatest marvels:

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Colorful Spring Flowers

Flowers are seen in Carlsbad, California. The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the view above are in full bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year, from early March through early May. - Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Taking Photo Flowers

A woman takes pictures of colorful tulips in full bloom at Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo. - Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images

Yellow Against Dark Blue

Daffodils that have been left to flower at Fentongollan Farm near Truro, England. - Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Man Tulips

A man looks out over a tulip display in the Sultanahmet district on in Istanbul, Turkey. Every April Istanbul celebrates the coming of spring with the annual Tulip Festival, now in its tenth year. - Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Purple Tulips

A young girl is seen among a bed of tulips in bloom in the Sultanahmet district in Istanbul, Turkey. - Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Dog Yellow Flower

This seven-year-old sheep dog named Twig performs tricks for photographers among daffodils in Birmingham, England. - Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Germany Cherry Blossom

Blooming cherry blossom trees are seen in the streets of the historic district on April 18, 2016 in Bonn, Germany. - Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Walking People Tulips

People view the tulips at the Descano Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, California. - Frederic J. BrownAFP/Getty Images

Blue Stroller

A child stands in Lazienki Park in Warsaw, Poland. - JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Hat Bike Flowers

Dutch tulips at the Harrogate Spring Flower Show in Harrogate, England. - Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

White Cherry Blossom

People look at cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo. - TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

Little Girl Sniffing

A little girl plays in the daffodils in St. James Park in London, England. - Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Van Gogh Flower Art

People look at a tulip portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in Lisse, Netherlands. - Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty Images

Stripes Of Flowers Color

Farmer Christiane Degenhardt (C) and friend Barbara Ulferts gather tulips at Degenhardt's tulip field near Schwaneberg, Germany. - Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Tulip Mountain

An Indian police officer walks in the Tulip Garden in Srinagar. - Tauseef Mustafat/AFP/Getty Images

Girl Running Cherry

A girl runs under blossoming apple trees in Moscow's Kolomenskoye Park. - Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images

field-flowers-spring

Wind turbines spin behind rows of tulips at the Degenhardt-Sellmann Spezialkulturen tulip fields as a couple walks by near Magdeburg in Schwaneberg, Germany. - Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Little Boy Tulips

Betie, from London, plays among the daffodils in St James Park in London, England. - Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Overview China

Aerial image shows cherry blossoms, magnolia flowers and rape flowers in Hongfeng Lake, Guizhou Province of China. - ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Yellow Pink Sky Flowers

Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers in Carlsbad, California. - Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossom Festival

Visitors gather beneath cherry trees for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City. The festival celebrates the flowering of the garden's "Sekiyama" cherry trees. - Mario Tama/Getty Images

Bird Cherry Blossom

A parakeet sits on a blossom branch in St James's Park in London, England. - Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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Five Volcanic Eruptions So Massive They Changed The World

We tend to think that humans can have the most disruptive impact on the planet. As these volcanic eruptions show, that’s really not the case.

TOPSHOT ECUADOR VOLCANO

Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador. JUAN CEVALLOS/AFP/Getty Images

On May 18, 1980, the rumblings of Washington’s Mount St. Helens finally culminated in an eruption that lasted nine hours — and with a force 500 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The mountain lost 14 percent of its elevation and the blast killed everything within 230 miles. 57 people died as a result, making it the most deadly volcanic eruption in U.S. history. But compared to eruptions throughout world history, it’s practically nothing.

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Photos Of The Day: Awe-Inspiring Volcanic Eruptions Around The World

Eruption Mount Saint Helens

Mount St. Helens erupts on May 18, 1980. USGS/Robert Krimmel

On May 18, 1980, the United States suffered one of the most destructive natural disasters in history: The eruption of Mount St. Helens. Yet, over just the last ten years, even that eruption has been both equaled and eclipsed by other volcanoes around the world, ones that display the awesome power and beauty of one nature’s most devastating forces.

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