Hey selfie snappers, don't step on the tulips!
As the tulips bloom in the Netherlands, farmers are facing an onslaught of selfish Instagrammers, who are rolling in their fields for the perfect pic
It's tulip season in the Netherlands, which means millions of bulbs are flowering beautifully across the land.
Sadly, that also means an influx of selfie-takers, who as usual are behaving badly in the quest for the perfect photo. The Guardian reports that a growing number of farmers are taking steps - including putting up fences and signs - to prevent Instagrammers and their ilk from flattening the flowers.
Nicole van Lieshout from the tourist office in Noordwijkerhout in the southwest has complained of visitors "lying or dancing among the flowers".
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As a local farmer explains, "They flatten everything ... and we suffer damage as a result."Now the Dutch tourism board has published a "dos and don'ts" guide to taking a selfie near a tulip field. It reminds visitors that "every year flower growers suffer hundreds of thousands of damage due to people wading through their fields", and asks people to stay on the edges or to visit one of several "cutting gardens", where visitors are allowed to walk among the flowers - and even pick them.See holland.com.