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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from November 2015

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This month’s Pathfinders Instagram round-up includes captures from the ice caves of Alaska to the ancient desert towns of Morocco.

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

BYRON GLACIER, ALASKA, USA

A photo posted by Dwayne Parton (@dwayneparton) on

‘We hiked the Byron Glacier trail and explored some ice caves - this room was in the largest cave we saw. One thing I didn't realize was how quickly the glacier landscape changes. I revisited this spot a week later to find if filled with avalanche debris.’ - Dwayne Parton

Why we like it: The focal point of course! It immediately captures your eyes. You then start looking more closely at how the light hits the ice within the enormous glacial hole, before peering down at the small figure, perfectly placed just where the icicles reach down to the floor.

NUWARA ELIYA, SRI LANKA

‘It had rained the last few days we were in Sri Lanka, and our train journey between Nuwara Eliya and Ella was made simultaneously eerie and intriguing by this rolling mist and wet climate.’ - Backpacker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Why we like it: The winding train and sense of motion in the photo, with the tracks leading to a mysterious looking nowhere. Looking closer, you see the figure in the middle staring back. Perhaps into the distance, or even right back into the lens of the photographer.

SUNDA KELAPA, JAKARTA, INDONESIA

‘People say, old is gold. This couldn't be more true at the port of Sunda Kelapa in Kota Tua (meaning Old City in Indonesian) in Jakarta. Wooden traditional ships at the dock form a beautiful line-up by the riverbank while waiting for their next journey to the sea, making this centuries old port a must-go place for anyone interested in photography.’ - Ramble and Wander

Why we like it: Excellent sense of scale here with the boat to the right bursting out of the sea and protruding into the viewer’s gaze. The black and white works well and distorts the sense of time — if it wasn’t for the fact the man’s wearing jeans, this could have been taken decades ago.

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

A photo posted by J Lee (@leejaxk) on

‘Amazing street art can be found throughout La Candelaria. I went on a graffiti tour one rainy afternoon to learn more about some of the art and the artists. This was one of my favourite murals, and it just happened to work out with the angle of the rain coming down to make for an interesting shot.’ - dis/embarked

Why we like it: The artwork. It’s as simple as that. A vibrant, and thoughtful piece of street art. Good spot by the photographer. A nice trio of gazes going on here too: that of the onlooker in the photo, that of the photo viewer themselves, and that of the man in the artwork glaring stoically into the sky.

AIT BEN HADDOU, MOROCCO

‘During my latest adventures in Morocco, we stopped off at the magical town of Aït Benhaddou. It reminded me of a giant sand sculpture. You might recognise it as it has appeared in plenty of films including Gladiator and Prince of Persia!’ - Wanderlust Chloe

Why we like it: The sense of exoticism. We’re transported straight away to somewhere far away — another place, another era. The swathe of colour given by the crafts and antiques in the foreground only add to this effect and allure.

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