woods canyon

french geographic vocab 🌐

📍geography basics: 

  • la géographie: geography
  • géographique: geographic
  • nord: north 
  • sud: south 
  • ouest: west
  • est: east 
  • la terre: land 
  • l’eau: water
  • le ciel: the sky
  • les coordonnées: coordinates (f)
  • une carte: a map
  • la longitude: the longitude
    la latitude:  the latitude
  • le climat: the climate 
  • l’altitude: the altitude (f)
  • une frontière: a border

 🌍 land masses: 

  • les continents: the continents (m)
  • un sous-continent: a sub-continent 
  • un hémisphère: a hemisphere 
  • Amérique du Nord: North America (f)
  • Amérique du Sud: South America (f)
  • Asie: Asia (f) 
  • Afrique: Africa (f)
  • Europe: Europe (f) 
  • Océanie: Australia/Oceania (f)
  • Antarctique: Antartica (m) 
  • Eurasie: Eurasia (f)
  • le pôle Nord: the North Pole 
  • le  pôle Sud: the South Pole
  • le cercle polaire: the polar circle
  • la terre: the Earth 
  • un pays: a country 
  • un État: a state
  • une province: a province
  • l’île: the island (f)
  • la péninsule: the pennisula 

🌊 water bodies: 

  • un plan d'eau: a body of water
  • un océan: an ocean 
  • l’océan Atlantique: Atlantic Ocean 
  • l'océan Pacifique: Pacific Ocean
  • l’océan Indien: Indian Ocean
  • l'océan Arctique: Arctic Ocean
  • la mer: the sea 
  • la  Méditerranée: the Mediterranean 
  • la rivière: the river
  • le fleuve: the river
  • le lac: the lake
  • Grands Lacs: the Great Lakes
  • la cascade: the waterfall 
  • la chute d’eau: the waterfall
  • les chutes du Niagara: the Niagara Falls (f)
  • la baie: the bay
  • une crique: a cove

🗻 land features: 

  • la montagne: the mountain 
  • le mont Everest: Mount Everest
  • une chaîne de montagne: mountain range
  • un sommet: a summit
  • l'Himalaya: the Himalayas (f)
  • le volcan: the volcano 
  • la côte: the coast
  • le littoral: the coastline
  • la plage: the beach
  • la plaine: the plain
  • la vallée: the valley
  • la colline: the hill
  • la falaise: the cliff
  • le plateau: plateau 
  • une forêt: a forest
  • une forêt tropicale: a rainforest 
  • un bois: woods 
  • un canyon: a canyon
  • le Grand Canyon: the Grand Canyon
  • une grotte: a cave
  • un désert: a desert 
  • le Sahara: the Sahara

Sometimes I miss the woods and streams and bleak stone landscape of the winding canyon behind my childhood home so fiercely its as if I can feel the roots of those trees I knew by name twisting in my gut. I was always convinced my canyon was a magic one; that if I looked far enough, listened hard enough, sat still long enough…it would reveal itself to me. And in retrospect I think it did. Not in the form of faeries or special powers or anything like what I expected at 9 years old, but just in the quiet sense that I spent such a large portion of my childhood trying to communicate with a place, memorizing every cracked stone and leafless tree, that its as if I swallowed that canyon into my soul.  It’s where I go when the world is too loud or when I feel I’m getting too far away from myself; I simply return to the canyon inside me, and I’m home.

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, Alberta
Sprague, Washington
Jasper National Park, Alberta

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