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LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from November 2016


This month's roundup takes us on undersea explorations, safari adventures, to see fairytale castles and marble mosques. Our pathfinders never let us down and the Instagrams posted from all around the globe in November reveal the diversity of our planet.

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

NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

‘We were having breakfast in Namibia when a zebra walked across our view to get water. There must have been about 30 of them all fighting for a spot at the watering hole.’ - Natasha and Cameron, @theworldpursuit.

Why we like it: The one curious zebra raising his head above the rest of the zebras makes this a delightful shot. He is almost placed in the center of everything and the horizon line leads us right to his eye. This image allows us to study and compare the unique stripes of the animals and enjoy their individuality.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi

‘On a short stopover in Abu Dhabi I knew I had to fit one thing in, visiting the Grand Mosque. This incredible building of white marble and gold matched with its beautiful pools provides so many photograph opportunities. Aim to arrive for opening at 9am like me and you will be able to capture its beauty before the crowds arrive’ - Daniel, @danflyingsolo.

Why we like it: The bright whites still have detail and aren't blown out or dulled down to a muddy grey that sometimes happens when photographing predominately white subjects like snow or beaches. The clear blue pool reflecting the marble columns add one element of interest but our favourite aspect is the framing of the two figures walking between the columns.

Bagan, Myanmar

A photo posted by Dragan Tapshanov (@dragantapshanov) on

‘Sunset over the temples of Bagan in Myanmar.’ - Dragan, @dragantapshanov .

Why we like it: The hot air balloons are dotting the sky as the sun melts over the horizon. None of the balloons are touching and even though the sun is setting and we see silhouettes starting to happen, there is still enough light to enjoy the colours of the landscape and the temples in the foreground.

Kylemore Abbey, Ireland

A photo posted by @bootsnotroots on

‘On a cloudy day we headed to Kylemore Abbey in Connemara and where the unique lighting enabled me to capture this perfect reflection in the water of the abbey.’ - Danielle, @bootsnotroots.

Why we like it: The monochromatic castle in the lower left of the image strikes a nice balance with the similarly coloured sky in the upper right of the image. Against the lush green hillside, the stone structure really stands out and its beauty is enhanced by the perfect reflection in the water.

Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

‘Taking a peek under the water off an island jetty in West Papua. There are not many places left in this world where you can see things like this by simply snorkelling from the beach.’ - Dave, @divergenttravelers.

Why we like it: It's all about shapes and colours in this image. The orange clownfish situated in the round green sea anemone is framed nicely in the crescent of blue coral in the background. Striking image!

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