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Whenever friends comes to visit in Niger, a Skywatch Experience on the Mt Zinder Hilltop north of town is on the menu.

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When Karin was there, we were lucky to enjoy a deep blue afternoon sky.

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Perfect for a picnic!

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Watching the sun go down is a peaceful moment.

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In Niger, the sunsets are quick and the whole process takes little more than fifteen minutes.

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Finding a favourite shot is always difficult, so this time, I let you choose!

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“The Golden Sun”

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“The Thorny Shrub”

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“The Sunset in between the Thorns”

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“The Africa Sun”

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Of course, there would be no proper Ishtar Skywatch without some silhouette shots!

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I liked this one in profile.

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What makes the skywatch moment in Niger so spectacular is that from the point where it gets perfect, you only have a couple of moments before it’s gone.

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Just like that.

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But the afterglow lasts long enough to head back to the car and make the twenty minute ride back to civilization…

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