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Getting to spend two weeks with a very dear friend who enjoyed sitting in the saddle as much as I did was an exclusive treat, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

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During the thirteen days that Karin was in Zinder, we started or ended most of them in the Zinder bush.

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We have been fortunate to have very little Harmattan (permanent layer of dust that comes down from the Sahara desert) this season, but two of the days that Karin was here were dusty.

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On one of these days, I rode out believing there no spectacular sunset to admire.

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As often is the case, I was wrong, and happily surprised by the beautiful glow that came through the thin layer of dust.

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We decided to make our way to the Midik hilltop, where we could watch the sun set over the beautiful village – so peacefully situated next to a giant tapki.

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A colony of cattle egrets were there too. I am not sure if they’d come to skywatch, or if they were discussing plans of seasonal exodus. In either case, they were a nice addition to the setting and did not mind our presence.

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The sunset itself was golden and beautiful.

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As always, I’m having trouble picking favourites.

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As the glow turned pinkish, we decided to watch it from another angle.

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As the sun drops surreally quickly in this part of the world, we sped up to the next hill – much to the delight of our eager horses.

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Harshly trimmed baobab trees offered a new frame for a similar but much loved scene.

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We’d made it just in time to watch the sun drop. It only takes a minute, really.

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Once it’s gone, it leaves a beautiful afterglowthat is often as just enjoyable as the sunset itself!

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