LP Pathfinders: top Instagrams from August 2016


This month’s roundup found focuses on the diversity of man made structures around the world. Ancient architecture to modern marvels serve a myriad of purposes and reflect the environment in which they are built. From treehouses to mountain toppers, these hotels, houses, tombs and cities cause us to stand in awe, widen our eyes and be amazed at what can be constructed.

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

Mauna Kea Observatory (Big Island, Hawaii, USA)

A photo posted by Shelia (@notourguideneeded) on Aug 21, 2016 at 2:07pm PDT

‘We went up above the clouds to see the sun setting on Maunakea. It was an amazing experience to be wandering around and looking down at the clouds. Then seeing the sun setting at eye level was incredible.’ -Shelia , @notourguideneeded. Why we like it: The composition of this image is great. Smart use of rule of thirds and the warm colour pallet. The silhouetted figures just below the horizon line and the observatory on the left side of the image give the viewer plenty to scan while the travel envy mounts inside.

Treehotel in Swedish Lapland (exact location: Harads)

A photo posted by A&Z Backpack ME (@backpackme) on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:58am PDT

‘Sleeping in the forest was never this comfortable! Swedish Lapland may be famous as a winter destination, because during the colder months everything is covered in white, giving it a very Christmas like feeling. But, during summer, Lapland has its own charms. The days are warmer, the sun doesn’t almost get to set and this is actually the perfect time to explore the woods. If you also like spending the night in the wild, Treehotel is the most comfortable and cool way to do it! While in Swedish Lapland, we stayed at a futuristic looking tree house called The Mirror Cube. But you can’t almost see our room, as it reflects the trees and the blue of the sky all around. A truly magical place to sleep at!’ – A&Z Backpack ME, @backpackme.

Why we like it: At first glance we recognise that there is something curious going on in the trees – only upon further investigation do we realize that there is a huge mirror cube suspended in the sky. Quite the surreal view. Now all we want to do is pick out what is real and what is reflection.

Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India

A photo posted by The reDiscovery Project (@rediscoveryproject) on Aug 27, 2016 at 11:04pm PDT

‘Most people come to Aurangabad to visit the UNESCO Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, and leave. However being big fans of the stunning Mughal architecture that is found in India we decided to visit the tombs of the last Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb in a little town outside Aurangabad called Khuldabad. Khuldabad is a forgotten little town, like so many along the Mughal route and whilst the tomb of …read more


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