Little girls run through a field of giant tecolote ranunculus flowers at Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Calif., on April 27. The flowers attract thousands of visitors each year during their six to eight week bloom period. Mike Blake/Reuters
Cherry blossoms and other flowers bloom at the Hanamiyama park in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, on April 18, after the devastation of an earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant meltdown. Hiro Komae/AP
A horse grazes on grass on a cool spring afternoon in front of blooming trees in LaPorte, Ind., on May 4. Bob Wellinski/The LaPorte Herald-Argus/AP
Springer spaniel pup Tilly plays among the bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) at Swan Wood in Stock, eastern England, on April 21. The woodland flowers are in bloom about three weeks earlier than would be usual because Britain has had an exceptionally warm and dry end to the winter. Ian Nicholson/AP
Britain's Prince Charles accepts flowers from Nicole Pendergas during a visit to Common Good City Farm in Washington on May 3. Jacquelyn Martin/AP
Chuck Brown shoots the spring runoff of the lower falls of the Swift River in Albany, N.H., on May 1. Jim Cole/AP
A field of colza with its yellow flowers surrounds a tree near Janneyrias, near Lyon, France, on April 20. Robert Pratta/Reuters
A girl collects spring flowers at the Khiam village valley, near the Israeli border in south Lebanon, on April 27. Jamal Saidi/Reuters
Alicia Nespo (r.) and Bradlee Tincher check out spring's beauty in the colorful daffodils in LaPorte, Ind., on May 4. Bob Wellinski/The LaPorte Herald-Argus/AP
Villagers of Zhongtian village in Anwen township perform dances at a Paeonia lactiflora field to celebrate the full blossom of Paeonia lactiflora flowers in the Pan'an county of Jinhua in east China's Zhejiang Province on May 4. Zuma Press/Newscom/File
An osprey lands on its nest, built on a light standard at the Memorial Park softball field in Brainerd, Minn., on May 3. Steve Kohls, Brainerd Dispatch/AP
Workers stopped planting rows of cabbage in a field due to more rain in the forecast in Oakfield, N.Y., on May 4. David Duprey/AP
Just two years ago Lesotho was referred to as a democratic success story in Africa. But its attempted coup presents a test for the Southern African Development Community, committed to peace in the region.
ByMichael J. Jordan, Correspondent
Two years ago, this tiny nation high in the mountains of southern Africa earned acclaim for passing the latest test of African democracy: It pulled off the region’s first peaceful handover of power. Lesotho then went one step further, forming what some call the first and only coalition government in all of Africa.