Frustrated with the increased traffic and clogged parking options, many visitors have taken to simply abandoning their cars in the middle of the road to stop for pictures. This creates further traffic jams and can block, you know, emergency services for locals whose emergencies stem beyond "gotta get that selfie."
“People are idiots,” said one LA resident who owns a ranch a few miles from the bloom. “They see the bloom and it’s like drivers in LA when it rains. They have no idea what’s going on. Remember your manners. I see people out there doing these photo shoots for Instagram… It’s such a fragile and fleeting ecosystem. If you’re not gentle, you ruin it for everybody else.”
It’s a happier approach to know that by abstaining from being an asshole this season, you’re part of the movement that will let the most people -- including you -- enjoy the flowers the longest. Rather than the unnecessarily filtered Instagram posts featuring visitors draping each other in poppies, try following social posts under the hashtag #DontDoomTheBloom. At the very least, keep in mind that stepping off the trails can get you a fine of several hundred dollars, and that extra park rangers are posted during peak season to ensure you are on your best behavior.
It’s not you, reader, whom we don’t trust; it’s everyone else. Now that that’s out of the way, here are some handy tips for how to see this stuff properly.