Skip to main content

Selfie-taking millennials told to stop trampling about in Dutch tulip fields

Danita Delimont/Getty Images

Snapping selfies on vacation is a big part of any trip for most people these days, with pictures of half-obscured backgrounds and big toothy grins fired off to friends and followers within seconds of grabbing the shot.

While an eagerness to get the best selfie occasionally results in injury, or even death during that awkward moment when trying to connect thumb with shutter button, most smartphone shots of course pass off entirely without incident.

Related Videos

In the Netherlands, however, there’s selfie strife of a different kind, with growers of the nation’s famous tulip flower accusing millennials of trampling through the colorful fields in a bid to get a decent photo with their own mug in it.

Local tulip grower Simon Pennings, who tends to numerous tulip fields near Amsterdam, told CNN that the problem has worsened in recent years and mainly involves younger folks taking selfies.

“Last year I had one field and there were 200 people in the field,” Pennings told the news outlet. “We have fields nearby the road and all the time, from 10 o’clock in the morning to nine in the evening, they take pictures.”

The grower said thousands of people make their way onto his property every day, with many causing costly damage to the flowers while trying to grab a selfie.

Damage to the tulips has become such a problem that Dutch tourism officials and local growers have decided to launch a social media campaign explaining to travelers that’s it’s really not a good idea to go galavanting through the fields in search of the best photo opportunity. They’re happy for visitors to marvel at the fields from the roadside, but entering them for the purpose of a killer Instagram shot is causing more harm than good — for the growers, at least.

According to Dutch News, growers are planning to put up banners and signs asking travelers to keep out of the fields. Physical barriers may also be put up, while some of the more popular spots could also introduce volunteers tasked with keeping an eye out for transgressors.

Janine Fluyt of amsterdam&partners, a non-profit that helps to promote local tourism, said that these days, “It’s all about the picture and not the place you are in — that’s our selfie society,” adding, “In a broader sense, you are welcome here if you come and respect the city, everything and everyone in it.”

Whether you’re on the edge of a field of tulips or on the edge of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park (no, definitely don’t do that), here are some handy tips to help you up your selfie game.

Editors' Recommendations

Woman tries to take selfie with bison, gets flipped into air

Attempting to snap a selfie with a bison in Yellowstone Park recently, a 43-year-old Mississippi woman was gored and tossed into the air by the giant mammal. Despite signs around the national park warning visitors to stay away from the wildlife, this unnamed woman thought it would be a brilliant idea to snap a quick selfie with an animal that can weigh up to 2,000 pounds when fully mature.

She was standing roughly six yards away from the bison when it charged at the woman and her daughter, just outside Old Faithful. While her daughter was able to run away in time, the Mississippi native was snagged by the bison's horns and tossed upward into the air. Thankfully, she only suffered minor injuries from the incident and was treated at a nearby clinic. If provoked, bison can run up to speeds of 35 miles per hour as well as cover lengthy distances while galloping like a horse.

Read more
Cannes film festival director bans ‘ridiculous and grotesque’ red carpet selfies
cannes film festival bands red carpet selfies jake gyllenhaal selfie

Love them or hate them, selfies have become ingrained in our culture -- but don't tell that to the director of this year's Cannes Film Festival. For the 68th edition of the festival, which begins tomorrow and runs through the 24th, extended-arm smartphone pics will be looked down upon (and possibly even stopped), according to the Hollywood Reporter. Festival director Thierry Fremaux has some strong feelings about the selfie trend, sparking an unofficial "law" similar to what happened at last week's Met Ball in NYC.

"You never look as ugly as you do in a selfie," said Fremaux, explaining one reason for the "ban" to The Hollywood Reporter. He called the self-snap "ridiculous and grotesque," and hopes that his choice words will help ease the foot traffic on the red carpet. "We don't want to prohibit it, but we want to slow down the process of selfies on the steps," he said.

Read more
DJI’s 2022 drone contest offers record prize pool
A photo taken from a drone.

Leading drone maker DJI has teamed up with the SkyPixel online community for its eighth annual photo and video contest.

Whether you’re an experienced drone pilot or an absolute beginner still finding your way, the contest is the perfect opportunity to send your machine skyward in a test of your creative skills.

Read more