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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from September 2015

Fisherman's bike, Myanmar

Strong focal points were a recurrent theme in this month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up, from a stoic monk in China to a fisherman’s bike in Myanmar.

Every month we share the most eye-catching and interesting captures from our Pathfinders community. Here are our selections for September.

Stamford, Lincolnshire, England

Burghley House is a magnificent Elizabethan house surrounded by extensive parkland. What makes a visit there really special is the two gardens: The Garden of Surprises and the Sculpture Garden. The Garden of Surprises is a quirky confection of fountains, mirrors and hedges, while the Sculpture Garden is full of specially commissioned sculptures like this one, entitled Vertical Face II.’ – Karen Warren, World Wide Writer

Why we like it: This arresting sculpture quickly grabs your eye, and the fact that it’s shot from the side makes this already surreal object feel even more other-worldly.

Komodo National Park, Indonesia

A photo posted by Daniel James (@danflyingsolo) on

‘As the boat pulled into the bay approaching Komodo Island I lost my excitement for visiting the famous dragons. I was captured by the beauty of how still the ocean sat here, of the clouds reflecting in it and the rocky terrain ahead. I suddenly didn't want that journey to end.’ – Daniel James, Dan Flying Solo

Why we like it: Perfectly centered and symmetrical, the image works not just because the perspective puts you ‘in the image’ looking out at the view, but because the sky blue colouring of the boat pops out like a house in Chefchaouen!

Sichuan, China

A photo posted by Christian (@aroundtravel) on

‘A portrait of a Tibetan monk in western Sichuan, with the coolest hat in the world.’ – Unusual Traveler

Why we like it: The out-of-focus background so all concentration is on the subject; the stoic gaze of the monk; and the A-shaped visual hierarchy his magnificent headwear creates in the picture.

Summerville, Georgia, USA

‘After years of curiously reading up on the folk artist, I visited the home of Howard Finster in north Georgia. He died in 2001 and was known for his work inspired by his "visions." A preacher with a sixth-grade education, Finster went on to produce works displayed in New York galleries, in Coca-Cola ads and on a memorable album cover for REM. His house serves as a museum to his life, which he allowed visitors to see even when he was alive. After a few years of it falling into disrepair, it's been put back together with a visitor's center that plays a documentary about him and displays his many honors, including his Kentucky Colonel title.’ – Caroline Eubanks, Caroline in the City

Why we like it: There’s an endearing wackiness present in this image at first glance, but what we really loved about this one was the passion with which the poster spoke about this place and the level of detail in her caption. It made us want to grab the next Howard Finster biography we could find.

Taung Tha Man Lake, Myanmar

A photo posted by Alex & Emma (@travel_beans) on

‘A local fisherman leaves his bike on the longest teak bridge in the world to fish in the shallow waters. After speaking to this amazing man, we found he travels 15km every day to feed his family and others in his close community. Taken just as the sun was making its slow but steady descent towards the horizon.’ – Alex and Emma Collins, Travel Beans

Why we like it: It’s all about the bike. Its position in the frame, taking up much of your attention yet nudged to the left. The shape of the handle bars. The worn look of the seat. The dirt on the tires. And the heart-warming simplicity of this place, where the fisherman feels no need to lock up his primary mode of transport whilst out at sea.

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