Europe welcomes autumn (PHOTOS)

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Autumn leaves are pictured on October 11, 2012 in Duisburg, north western Germany.

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ROLAND WEIHRAUCH

Autumn settled across Europe, bringing with it traditional festivals and nature's colors and rhythms.

One of the spectacles seen in the fall is the traditional "cattle descent" in Switzerland, where hundreds of cows descend from their Alpine pastures after the summer months, according to Yahoo News.

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    Traditionally dressed shepherds lead adorned cows during the ceremonial driving down of cattle from the mountain pastures in Pfronten, southern Germany on September 08, 2012. About 500 cattle from 7 different alms are corralled into the valley for autumn.

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    KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND

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    A picture taken on September 12, 2012 shows a stag calling amongst a herd of deer in a forest in Rambouillet, near Paris. Autumn marks the start of the 'rutting' season when the large red deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females.

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    AFP

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    Giant vegetable grower Peter Glazebrook from Newark poses with his world record breaking onion that weighed in at 18lbs 1oz, beating his previous world record by almost 2ozs, at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show on September 14, 2012 in Harrogate, England.

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    Christopher Furlong

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    People walk on a pavement covered with leaves, on September 22, 2012 at the place de la Concorde in Paris.

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    KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

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    A man parades on September 29, 2012 during the Desalpe near Charmey. The Desalpe is an annual traditional Swiss festival marking the descent of cattle herds from their summer Alpine pastures to valleys at the beginning of autumn.

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    FABRICE COFFRINI

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    Dairy farmer Gerard Bilan holds a decoration he made to adorn one of his cows on September 29, 2012 before joining the Desalpe near Charmey. The Desalpe is an annual traditional Swiss festival marking the descent of cattle herds from their summer Alpine pastures to valleys at the beginning of autumn.

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    FABRICE COFFRINI

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    A woman walks her dog by a carpet of mushrooms in a forest at the estate of Mariendaal in Arnhem, the Netherlands on September 30, 2012.

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    ROBIN UTRECHT

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    Cyclists drive past trees with colored leaves in Berlin's governmental district on October 2, 2012. Meteorologists forecasted warm and sunny autumn weather for the following days in the German capital.

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    WOLFGANG KUMM

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    A woman and little girl pick up fallen leaves in a park in Minsk, on October 4, 2012.

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    VICTOR DRACHEV

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    The pleasure boat "Leipzig", built in 1929, makes its way over the river Elbe past autumn colored trees in Dresden, eastern Germany, on October 9, 2012. Meteorologists forecast clouds and some rain for the region.

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    MATTHIAS HIEKEL

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    A Red Deer stag roars in the early morning light in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the 'Rutting' season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be seen clashing antlers with rival males.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    A Red Deer stag roars in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the 'Rutting' season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be seen clashing antlers with rival males.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    A Canada Goose rests on the lake in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    Geese fly across the lake in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    A Red Deer stag roars in the early morning light in Richmond Park on October 10, 2012 in London, England.

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    Dan Kitwood

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    Autumn leaves are pictured on October 11, 2012 in Duisburg, north western Germany.

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    ROLAND WEIHRAUCH