Landscape photographer Florent Courty recently shared this stunning photo of a huge herd of sheep grazing on the grass that covers dormant volcanoes in France. Chane des Puys is a volcanic province in south-central France.
As described by The Independent, “Set in the heart of one of the most picturesque provinces of France, the puys (the word for volcanoes in the dialect of the Auvergne) stretch for more or less 30km in a line north to south. There are about 80 of these hulks and they are, relatively speaking, young: they were created during the last big eruption in the area some 6,700 years ago. There’s no denying that they look like volcanoes: classic cone formations with indented tops a bit like upside-down pudding basins. But coated in lush green – like so much of the landscape in verdant Auvergne – they seem benignly beautiful rather than threatening.”
Courty took this shot in late June as the sun was setting. In the distance you can see the silhouette of more dormant volcanoes.