Sometimes I think the rule of thirds is overrated. Other times, an “ah ha” moment does apply.
I like taking panoramic pictures. Especially when there is a wide mountain range in the distance.
For this picture, I don’t think it would have as much impact if the hiking path was placed right smack in the center. The mountain range on the far right and the blue lake would not be in the picture and that’s a shame. Mountains in the distance have a way of framing a picture and a bright splash of color is always pretty to look at.
One thing I notice, lines converge into a spot in the distance. It draws the eye and adds a dimension to the photo. Try photographing a road and place it in the center frame. The road gets smaller and smaller until the diameter of the road meet at a spot somewhere in the picture.
Anyway, rules are good and serve as a guideline. But creativity is up to the individual photographer and personal preference.
So shoot away, anyway you want to!