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Canicula

If you listen to the French weather forecast in the middle of summer, a recurrent word will be “la canicule”.

This word comes from the Latin “Canis”, meaning “dog” and while it was translated into English as “Dog days”, the French decided to preserve its Latin root.



The term refers to the hottest days of summer, when temperatures don’t get below 20 degrees Celsius at night and days are a succession of heat, drought, and thunderstorms. Dogs become mad and people can neither move nor sleep.



On an aesthetic side, sunrises and sunsets can be very colourful and surreal, especially when clouds decide to join the party.

These photos were taken on a farm in the Southwest of France, surrounded by crops and isolated trees where a transmission tower suggest a distant Eiffel Tower.



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