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Seeing green

Green is the theme this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day that is celebrated in many cities around the world. Spring is right around the corner, bringing hopeful signs of landscapes tinted with the same hues.--By Leanne Burden Seidel
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Participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade perform and process through central London, Britain March 13. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
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A marching band during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, USA, March 17. The annual event is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States. (Justin Lane/EPA)
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People take part during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, March 17. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
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Sophia Reardon, 9, sits in between twins Ava and Chloe Hawco, 10, during St. Patrick’s Day Mass at Cathedral of the Holy Cross.The three girls brought the gifts up to the alter during the Mass. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)
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Sheep are contained in a field bound by dry stone walls in the Peak District national park near the village of Tideswell, northern England, on March 16. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)
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Steven Menendez, of Manhattan, waves the Gay Pride flag as he waits for the St. Patrick’s Day parade to start on Fifth Ave, March 17, in New York. (Mary Altaffer/Associated Press)
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Caoimhe Cooburn-Gray poses for a picture on St. Patrick’s day in Dublin, Ireland on March 17. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)
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US President Barack Obama (L) is presented with a bowl of shamrocks from acting Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland Enda Kenny (R); during a reception for St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, DC, USA, March 15. St. Patrick’s Day takes place 17 March. (Michael Reynolds/EPA)
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Paddy Cusack enjoys a pint of Guinness during St Patrick’s Day at the Cheltenham Festival in England. (Dylan Martinez/Reuters)
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Keeper Luke Harding poses with a Jackson’s chameleon during the stock take at London Zoo in London, Britain. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)
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An Indian Kashmiri man sits by a lake in a garden by the Zabarwan Hills in Srinagar on March 15. Kashmir is famed for its houseboats, serene lakes and soaring mountains, but it has also been the scene of decades of conflict as rebels have fought to break away from Indian government rule. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images)
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The basilica of the sacred heart (Sacre Coeur) on the top of the Montmartre hill is illuminated green in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. (Ludovic MarinAFP/Getty Images)
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Deacon Fetterman blows a trumpet on the corner of Lafayette Square during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, in Savannah, Ga. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News via AP)
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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, wearing green tinted glasses, warms up as he stands on deck in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on T, March 17, in Fort Myers, Fla. The team wore green themed uniforms in observance of St. Patrick’s Day. (Tony Gutierrez/Associated Press)
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Clergy arrive for the annual Saint Patrick’s Day service and pilgrimage from Saul church to Downpatrick cathedral on March 17, in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. Saint Patrick who converted Ireland to Christianity is celebrated as the patron saint of Ireland on the 17th of March, St. Patrick’s Day, which is said to be the date of his death in the early part of the fifth century. The service and two mile pilgrimage from Saul to Saint Patrick’s resting place charts his arrival in Ireland at Saul. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
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Blossoming snowdrop flowers (Galanthus) are seen on the ground due to unusually mild winter temperatures in Oroshaza, 182 kms southeast of Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 1. (Tibor Rosta/EPA)
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People watch the St. Patrick’s day parade in Dublin, Ireland March 17. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters)
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The sun reflects on the frost on the grass at a meadow in Monfero at A Coruna in Galicia, northwestern Spain, after a hoarfrost during the night due to low temperatures on Feb. 16. (CABALAR/EPA)
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People dressed in historical costumes from the 1916 Easter Rising take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade through central London on March 13, in London, England. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
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The fountain on the North Lawn of the White House is colored green in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17, in Washington, DC. (Mandel NganAFP/Getty Images)
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A farmer works in a field of blossoming cabbage plants in Xuan Son village, outside Hanoi, Vietnam Feb. 13. (Kham/Reuters)
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The Celtics Isaiah Thomas leads the team onto the floor for the start of the game, running through a group of young fans on the way on March 16. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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‘Syndrome/Earth Hole’ by Eugene Kangawa is displayed during the Media Ambition Tokyo 2016 at Roppongi Hills ‘MAT LAB’ on Feb. 26, in Tokyo, Japan. (Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for Media Ambition Tokyo)
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Participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade perform and process through central London, Britain, March 13. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
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A single buttercup flower blooms along with some surviving grasses on the scorched Owyhee Mountains rangeland near Marsing, Idaho, that was burned by the 280,000-acre Soda Fire last August. (Greg Kreller/The Idaho Press-Tribune via AP)
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A reveller watches the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it processes through central London, Britain March 13. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
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A woman joins in the celebrations during a St. Patrick’s Day party and concert in Trafalgar square in central London, Britain March 13. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)
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Members of Plumbers Union 130 dye the Chicago River green for the city’s St. Patrick’s day celebration March 13, in Chicago. (James Foster/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
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Small meadow anemone (Pulsatilla pratensis subsp. nigricans) blossoms among rocks of a mountain near Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, March 13. The plant is an endangered species. (Peter Komka/EPA)
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Children play in the grass near the border fence at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded on March 7. (LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Funkturm (Radio Tower) is illuminated in green color in Berlin, Germany, March 17, on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day. (Paul ZInkin/EPA)
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Phyllis Cerrone, of East Boston dressed in green for the East Boston Golden Age Club’s annual St Patrick’s Day luncheon in East Boston, March 16. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
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Almond trees in full blossom stands in a field near the West Bank city of Tubas, Feb. 17. (ALAA BADARNEH/EPA)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Prince William, Duke Of Cambridge (R) presents the Regimental mascot 4 yr old Irish Hound Domhnall with a sprig of Shamrock during The 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17, in London, United Kingdom. (Heathcliff O’Malley - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Tiwa tribal women carrying harvested Broom sticks (Thysanolaena maxima) for drying in Karbi Anglong district of Assam state, India on Feb. 28. Broom grass has emerged as the most widely cultivated crop in the hills of Karbi Anglong district of Assam state. (EPA)
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A woman takes a photo of her daughter in a field of rapeseed oil blossoms at Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo, Sunday, March 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Participants take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade on the streets of Dublin, March 17. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)
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