The days are getting shorter and the nights chillier as fall descends on the Northern Hemisphere. Autumn is the season of harvests, festivals, migrations, winter preparations, and of course, spectacular foliage. Across the north, leaves are reaching peak color, apples and pumpkins are being gathered, and animals are on the move. Collected here are more images from this year's autumn.
A visitor views the spectacular autumn colors in the Acer Glade at Westonbirt Arboretum near Tetbury, England, on October 17, 2013. Originally planted in the heyday of Victorian plant hunting in the mid-nineteenth century, the arboretum boasts one of the world's finest tree collections.
Neuschwanstein Castle stands among autumn colored trees on October 17, 2013 near Hohenschwangau, Germany. The 19th century Romanesque revival palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. Construction started in 1869 and was almost finished in 1884.
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Two girls play among autumn leaves in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 13, 2013.
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Trees are reflected as a fisherman rows his boat during a sunny day on Sylvenstein barrier lake, in the German state of Bavaria, on October 22, 2013.
French pilot and migratory bird protector Christian Moulec, accompanied by Lesser White-fronted Geese, performs an ultralight flight during the 40th Icare Cup paragliding festival in Saint Hilaire du Touvet, French Alps, on September 21, 2013.
(AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Fireworks explode near the Sacre-Coeur Basilica, during the celebration of the 80th vineyard's harvest Festival of Montmartre, on October 12, 2013 in Paris.
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Wild Geese fly over a farm field in Xanten, Germany, on October 16, 2013. The wild geese flew in from Siberia to stay over the winter in the lower Rhine area with its warmer climate.
(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Workers pick grapes during the harvest at the Chateau l'Etoile vineyard on October 8, 2013 in l'Etoile, France.
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Fallen leaves lie on the ground in Munich, Germany, on October 10, 2013.
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Pumpkin carver Hugh McMahon carves a pumpkin in the likeness of singer Lady Gaga, at Madame Tussauds, in New York, on October 22, 2013.
Anna Dixon from Glastonbury poses for photographers in the Wookey Hole Caves after being chosen to work as the resident witch following an audition session at the tourist attraction in Wookey Hole, Somerset, England, on October 22, 2013. Around 50 applicants auditioned for the position Tuesday, each given one minute to perform in front of a panel of judges. The requirements for the job included: Must be able to cackle, must be able to work weekends and school holidays and must not be allergic to cats.
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Everest, a nearly 4-month-old snow leopard cub at the Brookfield Zoo received an early Halloween treat during the zoo's annual Cat Awareness Weekend in Brookfield, Illinois, on October 6, 2013.
(AP Photo/Chicago Zoological Society, Jim Schulz)
Tourists visit the Badaling section of the Great Wall of China in late autumn, near Beijing, on October 19, 2013.
A lone boater skims across the surface of the Potomac River at sunset in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2013.
(AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Autumn Watson carries a pumpkins through the patch at Councell Farms in Cordova, Maryland, on October 19, 2013.
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A woman holds a candle next to a rack of carved pumpkins on display at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in Highwood, Illinois, on October 18, 2013. Organizers are trying to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the most lit jack-o'-lanterns on display.
A performer in "The Walking Dead" haunted house, during the "Halloween Horror Party 2013" at the Movie Park Germany in the western city of Bottrop, on October 18, 2013.
A guest reacts in fear to an actor at the "13th Floor" haunted house in Denver, Colorado, on October 19, 2013. America's Haunts, a trade association, estimates there are 1,200 large-scale, for-profit haunted attractions in the U.S. plus another 3,000 haunted houses operated by charities that open for only a day or two every year. The commercial attractions collectively bring in from $300 million to $500 million annually.
A girl is seen through one of the thousands of carved pumpkins on display at the Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival in Highwood, Illinois, on October 18, 2013.
A man cycles past The Great Walk in Windsor Park, with Queen Elizabeth's residence, Windsor Castle, seen behind in Windsor, England, on October 14, 2013.
A ladybug crawls over an autumn colored leaf on October 12, 2013 in Irsee, Germany.
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The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), second right, and trees, reflected in a puddle in Dresden, Germany, on October 10, 2013.
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Roger Larsen harvests corn in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, on October 10, 2013. Farmers in many corn growing states are surprised at the amount of corn coming in from the fields and record harvests are likely in eastern states including Ohio and Indiana and in Georgia and Alabama in the south.
(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
The Presidential Range, as leaves begin to change color in the White Mountain National Forest in this photo taken from Hart's Location, New Hampshire, on October 9, 2013.
(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Bosnian people walk in a park in northern Bosnian town of Tuzla, on October 20, 2013.
(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
People watch the sunset from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., as a full moon rises in the background, on October 18, 2013.
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Two divers sculpt jack-o-lanterns during the Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Florida, on October 19, 2013. About 30 contestants competed in the offbeat event organized by the Amoray Dive Resort.
(AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)
The Wallhalla memorial, seen above the river Danube in Donaustauf, Germany, on October 19, 2013. The Wallhalla is a hall of fame that honors famous German personalities.
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Snow covered pumpkins on display in Waidring, in the Austrian province of Tyrol, on October 11, 2013.
(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
A swimmer wades into Walden Pond on a fall afternoon in Concord, Massachusetts, on October 15, 2013.
Flowers, covered with snow in Seehausen at lake Staffelsee near Murnau, on October 11, 2013 after an early snowfall in southern Germany.
A woman plays with leaves in a park in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, on October 14, 2013.
(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A flock of Common Cranes fly towards their night roost near the village of Linum, Germany, on October 19, 2013. The area north of Berlin has become the biggest staging point for migrating cranes in central Europe where up to 80,000 cranes roost for several weeks on their way from their breeding grounds in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe or Russia to their wintering grounds in Western Spain.